Two new studies: Quiet annoying menstrual cramps with mint

/Two new studies: Quiet annoying menstrual cramps with mint

Two new studies: Quiet annoying menstrual cramps with mint

peppermintWhen you’ve got mild to moderate menstrual cramps, before reaching for an over-the-counter pain pill, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin), try sipping peppermint tea up to three times per day during your period instead.

Two new studies (this and this) found that peppermint reduces the pain associated with menstrual cramps nearly as much as a low dose of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.

Credit goes to the menthol in mint, which relaxes spasming uterine muscles spurring cramp pain. Best of all, it eases the pain without the risks that come with using acetaminophen (such as liver damage) and ibuprofen (including stomach bleeding and a higher risk of heart attack).

In addition, the studies found peppermint reduces nausea and diarrhea associated with menstruation–benefits you don’t see with over-the-counter pain pills.

You can find pre-bagged peppermint tea in supermarkets or you can make it fresh at home by brewing one teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves for 10 minutes, then cool and strain.

While peppermint is generally safe for most people, it can cause heartburn in some folks and interact with some medications, such as certain antacids. You can learn more about peppermint here.

[Photo: Thomas]


About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman, founder of Hormonology® and a longtime women’s health journalist, pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and know more about all the ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior. This movement was launched in 2005 with Gabrielle's groundbreaking book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential, and her creation of Hormonology®. She offers a variety of tools--including her popular free Hormone Horoscope® app, eBooks, infographics, videos and tips--to share vital information about hormones.


  1. Gabrielle Lichterman August 3, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Spearmint has been shown in studies to reduce testosterone when taken steadily over time.

  2. Anonymous July 13, 2018 at 7:11 am

    I read from other sources that mint increases estrogen, and estrogen dominance is said to be responsible for period cramps. That seems to contradict this article?

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