Menstrual Pain (cont.)
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Menstrual Cramps Remedies and Relief
The best way to relieve painful menstrual cramps is to take an anti-inflammatory medication. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) inhibit the formation of prostaglandins and reduce pain and inflammation. Ibuprofen (Advil is a familiar brand name), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), and ketoprofen (Orudis) are available over-the-counter and without a prescription, and are effective at blocking the effects of prostaglandins.
If anti-inflammatory medicine is not an option, or if additional relief is needed, the following strategies may help relieve menstrual cramps:
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