What helps period cramps?
Between loading every purse you own with tampons, stockpiling an arsenal of Rocky Road, and lashing out at your beau for no logical reason, your period is pretty much the worst. And to top it off, most of us spend a fair amount of the week curled in a ball in bed, skipping workouts, girls night out, and even work. (Okay, maybe we’re not so sad about the last one.) Some 84 percent of women experience cramps with their period. For half, the pain is so bad that it actually requires medication, according to a study in the Journal of Pain Research. Most of us reach for heating pads or OTC painkillers like Motrin, but sometimes your go-to just isn’t enough to help the aches abate. In fact, some women are going to great lengths to alleviate their pain—from a new marijuana vaginal suppository to injecting Botox into their nether regions.
While the jury’s still out on whether either of those are safe or effective, here are other unorthodox remedies that do have science on their side.
Ask about Viagra
The little blue pill works wonders for more than just men, it turns out. The main ingredient in Viagra, called sildenafil citrate, can help alleviate menstrual cramps, according to a study in Human Reproduction. Sildenafil citrate works to dilate your blood vessels. In men, this is what helps energize erections, but for women, dilating blood vessels near the uterus can ease cramps. #WhoKnew?