Question: What should I do about period cramps at school?
Always be prepared! If your period is regular, you should have an idea of when it’s going to start every month. I would always have a pad or tampon in my backpack or purse if I knew I was going to get my period. I used to get terrible cramps in high school, so I would take painkillers for them before class. If they sneak up on you, maybe carry some painkillers* that you can take if necessary.
You can't put math class on hold so you can go take a warm bath, can you? But you can try using those thin stick-on heating pads as home remedies for period pain. They're unnoticeable under your clothes and can help keep you comfortable (just be sure to use them according to the package instructions). Also remember to eat healthy food and get exercise. Moving from class to class is actually a good thing — and you could also try to get in short walks or jogs before school and during your lunch hour.
- Kotex peer Jamie Villarreal
Dealing with cramps can seem more overwhelming when you are away from the comfort of your own space, where you follow your regular routine to make them better. Being prepared for the cramps is probably the best way to deal with them. Here are some things you can try for some added period pain relief:
- make sure to get plenty of calcium on a regular basis (three low-fat servings a day) will help your cramps be less of a pain*
- exercising both on and off your period helps lessen pain
- try taking a painkiller if absolutely necessary* (as long as you are not allergic and have your parents’ approval; be sure to take these with food)
- Drink plenty of water to help relieve any bloating and get plenty of sleep. When the rest of your body is functioning well, it is easier to deal with the period cramps.
If you try all these things and still find that it is hard to deal with period cramps at school, talk to your healthcare provider about other alternatives for pain relief.
- Kotex expert Sandy Knauf
The advice provided in this material is general in nature and is not intended as medical advice. If you need medical advice, please consult your health care professional.