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01 October 2009 @ 10:20 am
People who say exercise reduces or alleviates menstrual cramps are full of pucky. Bull pucky.
I'm feeling: crankycranky
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Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on October 1st, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)

Oh I've got something that alleviates--ACK! GLUCK!--Wait! Wait! Hear me out! *gasp* *wheeze* Motrin. I've got a bottle of Motrin here in my pants.

ruthless compassionaroraborealis on October 1st, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
That's true, actually.
born from jets!!!catness on October 1st, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
For about 30 seconds after. Then they're back.
Ees Meeimvfd on October 1st, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Repeat as necessary? Although that might make being at work a bit awkward.
TWPyouvebeenpixied on October 1st, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, not so much. I have been having awesome luck with real licorice, though :)
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veek on October 1st, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
This. Specifically, exercise that involves contracting and relaxing your abdominal muscles but not necessarily jostling them continuously. I suspect running wouldn't work, either.
our lady of perpetual amusementdakotakym on October 1st, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
The type of exercise may also be a factor; high-impact stuff like running or aerobics is supposedly not so good, because it puts more strain on the uterine ligaments, and can make the uterus sit lower in the pelvis than it already is during menses. (The uterus increases in size & weight by about double during menses vs when there's no uterine lining built up.)
DancingWolfGrrldancingwolfgrrl on October 1st, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
It never worked for me either, including when I was running every day (except the first two days of my period, when my cramps were too bad), but I totally *wish* it worked!
sabriel: downward gaze_sabriel_ on October 1st, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
motrin and sex
Maybe in that order?
whynotkaywhynotkay on October 1st, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Ibuprofin has always worked for me. Or birth control drugs.

Exercise never seemed to matter either way (given that one of the first two strategies had been employed first).
Chancemiss_chance on October 1st, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
You can do exercise that makes the rest of your muscles cramp up so much you don't feel the menstrual cramps... try swimming in the ocean.You'll go into hypothermic shock in no time. What cramps?

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maebethmaebeth on October 1st, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
Hmm. For sure sitting still makes my cramps much worse. Walking makes them better. I've never actually tried to do much more exercise than walking.

And walking only helps while walking. Once i stop it hurts again.
Boring Nerd: cthulhu eyebrowssignsoflife on October 1st, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
Y'know, for me, if my cramps are enough to bother me, they're enough to prevent me from doing all this stuff. . . and if my cramps are enough to bother me, other stuff is going on that precludes the activity altogether.

(signing in from VagueTown. . . )

Edited at 2009-10-01 10:03 pm (UTC)
mirandamissionista on October 2nd, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
Raspberry leaves brewed up as tea have always worked wonders for me. Also orgasms.