If you dread the pain and aches of menstrual cramps, there’s a simple and study-proven way to significantly less them or prevent them altogether: On the three days leading up to your period (you can guesstimate), take one ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin) every 8 hours till you get your period. If you can’t take ibuprofen or prefer a natural approach, take one gram of fish oil daily on the three days leading up to your period. If you’re a vegetarian, take DHA-rich micro-algae supplements like this one on the three days leading up to your period.
How do they work? Ibuprofen and the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil and microalgae prevent the build-up of prostaglandins–hormone-like chemicals behind period pain. No prostaglandins=less cramp discomfort or, for many, no pain at all!