We tried and tested 5 period cramp hacks and OMG there is no stopping this curse

If you suffer from period cramps, then you probably spend a week of every month rolling around on your bed begging for your insides to leave. JUST LEAVE.

go away

So we scoured the internet (in between crying over our own cramps) for some of the most frequently shouted about period pain cures. And we didn’t have huge success…

For us cramps veer from light pain in the lower stomach to sweating/headachy/puking/crying pain. Luckily September delivered us cramps on the lighter end of the spectrum.

Surprising, one of the things we saw pop up most often in our investigation was to eat a banana. Apparently the potassium and vitamin k balances menstrual pain. See, you learn something new every day!


We have to confess that we hate bananas with a violent passion, but in the name of science (and desperation), we gave it a go. Not gonna lie, we turned into a two-year-old and spat it out because it made us want to puke…

Score: 1/10

Another foody cure we came across was cinnamon. Our minds immediately jumped to the cinnamon challenge and we genuinely recoiled…


We went for the slightly easier option of a cinnamon hot chocolate because YUM. While we thoroughly enjoyed our hot chocolate, it didn’t really do much for the cramps other than distract us from the pain for 15 minutes.

Score: 6/10 (purely for the hot chocolate itself)

Next up is one of our faves: a hot bubble bath, preferably with a Lush bath bomb! We were totally going to take an arty pic of the bath bomb, but we forgot to make sure our phone was in reach before we got in…


Just imagine swirling colours, too many bubbles and formerly pasty legs turning a rather lobstery pink and you’ll get the jist. It was obvs lovely, and the heat and water really did soothe our cramps, but as soon as we got out, well, you all know what happens. And the cramps came rushing back too.

Score: 7/10

After getting out of the bath we felt rather sleepy, but still in pain so we turned to heat again and filled up the hot water bottle. Honestly, it was far to warm for it, but needs must and all that.


It didn’t work quite as quickly as having a bath, but once we added something else into the mix, we were able to drift off to sleep.

Curling up in the foetal position was essential, as was a couple of Ibuprofen. We think that’s pretty much the situation most people find themselves in during period week and it sucks. Lying in the foetal position with a hot water bottle just isn’t something you can’t do unless you’re at home.


Apparently teachers and bosses look down on collapsing to the floor. They clearly just don’t get it.

Score: 7/10

Can someone just make it stop already?

Do you guys have any tips that get rid of your cramps? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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