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Natural relief for women's health issues of menstrual cramps, tension and PMS? Yes!

Valuable information can be found on coping with "the curse," as some cultures have called this.

A guest of this website read and reviewed the book How to Relieve Cramps and Other Menstrual Problems by Marcia Storch, M.D. and Carrie Carmichael. May you also gain useful information from it.

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How to Relieve Cramps is, just as the cover states, “a plain language guide to coping with menstrual cramps and premenstrual tension.” Although it dates from 1982, it still contains timely advice on obtaining relief from menstrual cramps, tension, and PMS. Written collaboratively by a female doctor and a female journalist, the book handles in a sympathetic and informative way a very tender subject for many women. Without becoming confusing or over-indulging in technical terms, the authors cover the subjects of cramps and premenstrual syndrome.

The first three chapters of the book cover the history of how ancient cultures dealt with menstruating women, the scientific cause of cramps, and symptoms and reasons for premenstrual irritability and sensitivity. The book also discusses various solutions for the pain many women undergo monthly. Although painkillers and prescriptions are discussed, the authors are very clear when they say that women should “be aware that almost all drugs have side effects.”

After causes of tension and pain have been discussed, the book also discusses healthy, natural ways to find relief. Chapter Five is a fully illustrated guide to stretches that can help relieve cramps, ease premenstrual tension, or just promote well being overall. Some stretches work better than others, but the book is full of a wide variety, so it’s up to the reader to find the ones that work best for her.

Reviewer's note, "Some of the exercises worked better for me than others--the dromedary droop and chair cheer, for example. But that's why it's essential to try them all out: to find what works best for your own individual body."

The book concludes with a FAQ section, that covers tough questions like “Can my period cause a vaginal infection to spread to my uterus?” or “What happens if I bleed or spot in between periods?”

Overall, the book handles in a tender and sometimes very humorous manner, a subject that is sensitive and delicate. As a woman who suffers from serious monthly cramping, the stretches have proved useful to helping me find some pain relief, and the candidness of the writing has helped me feel better about a subject that I was once embarrassed and afraid of.

I recommend this book to you.

Victoria B.

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