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Random question... I went off BC because I'm trying to have a kid (yay) but my cramps are debilitating for the first 36 hours of my cycle every month. Anyone got protips?

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I tried everything. Nothing helped except taking painkiller before the pain starts. Then it doesn’t get too bad.

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Also, avoid alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, refined carbs/sugar. Those are all inflammatory and won’t help your case 💁🏼

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Not to scare you, but those cramps arent even a 1 in the scale if 1 to 10 in having a child...

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Best remedy for me when that happens which i know seems counterintuitive, I go work out. I hit the gym, and it helps, which I know is bizarre.

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In the same boat, OP. Had to go back on BC after 6 months of trying because I had pain 2 weeks/cycle that was pretty terrible. If you find something non-obvious that works, please share.

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I have a high tolerance to meds, and Tylenol extra strength doesn't even put a dent. I hope the cramps come on a weekend because I usually just take an editable and melt into couch. Not gonna work while traveling or at work. Thoughts?

You can also ask you OB Gyn if they can give ypu Tylenol 3. Sometimes they will, if you are incapacitated by the cramps. But beware, T3 can be addictive, so only use when you really need it.

Haha @M2 - thanks for the realtalk. I know the pain will be worse when having a kid, but the flexibility is a bit more open when pregnant. It's hard to ask for WFH days each month. It isn't the pain I can't stand, just the "being on" all day in front of my colleagues. I will see if I can get my booty to to gym on those days. It's a great, healthy option. As for T3, I might have to ask about that.

Yeah if you have this kind of pain (I did and still do) labor is going to be very painful. Plan on epidural. I was fine with all my pregnancies/births, but was literally begging for pain meds the moment I walked into the hospital. I will never understand women who can go through the process without pain meds...

Use castor oil topically on a cloth, place plastic wrap over that, then a heating pad over that. It’s amazinggggg

I had cramps that would make me pass out and end up in the hospital until I got on BC. Before that the only thing that even barely helped was large amounts of Excedrin plus heating pads (even those ones you stick on yourself under your clothes would help a bit in a pinch), and scalding hot showers. Good luck lady friend!

Ibuprofen, Thermacare disposable heating pads, and reflexology for menstrual pain...several videos and articles on Google. I had an aunt who taught me, and it's a godsend.

LIVIA!!! Game changer, I’m telling you!!

Aleve and a good workout helps me!!!!

I get debilitating cramps that make me pass out and vomit. I’ve started taking double doses of Motrin 1 day before I know it’s supposed to start -- that helps keep me functional. And, less feasible at work, alcohol 😬

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