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What can I do about cramps?
Although cramps serve a purpose — they help your body release the uterine lining — they can be uncomfortable.
You may be able to find relief by:
- taking over-the-counter medicines, like ibuprofen, according to label specifications
- applying a cloth-covered heating pad, heating wrap, or other heat pack to your stomach or lower back
- soaking in a hot bath
If your cramps are so severe that you feel nauseous, are unable to get out of bed, or are otherwise unable to participate in everyday activities, talk to a trusted adult.
They can take you to see a doctor to discuss your symptoms. In some cases, severe cramping may be a symptom of another underlying condition, such as endometriosis.