During a menstruation cycle, pain-causing chemicals are released by a woman’s body to assist in the contraction of her uterus. This is a way for the body to expel the uterine lining. A woman’s body repeats the process, known as a menstruation cycle, every 28 days on average. The body only retains the uterine lining, or endometrium, if an egg is fertilized. Most menstruation cramps can be treated with an analgesic such as Advil. The active ingredient in Advil blocks the pain-causing chemicals associated with menstruation cramps, at the site of the pain.
To relieve menstrual pain or cramps, try applying a heating pad to your lower belly or back, or give yourself a light, circular massage in that same area. Eating small but frequent meals of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables may also help. You may want to consider an over-the-counter painkiller for temporary relief as well.