When I get my period, there are a few things I like to do: lay fetal in bed and cry hysterically, eat Cheetos for every meal, and pop Midol like M&M's. If you're like me and try to avoid taking pills as much as possible, though, there are a number of methods to get rid of period pain that aren't painkillers — which means I can stop eating Tylenol out of a PEZ dispenser once a month. Score.
Being on the rag is kind of like running a giant experiment on yourself. You lay in 40 different positions to see which one best stifles the mind-numbing cramps presently tearing through your lower abdomen. You eat a pint of Ben & Jerry's to curb your junk food craving but then realize it didn't suffice; so you move on to Halo Top, Breyers, Magnum, and Dove to see which one really hits the spot. You binge-stream episodes of Friends but cry too hard every time Rachel rejects Ross, so you keep switching shows until you find something that doesn't make you sob uncontrollably, ultimately settling on Dance Moms.
Trying various brands of over-the-counter painkillers is no different; except in this case, NONE OF THEM EVER WORK the way you want them to. If menstruation frustration has you down in the dumps and pills don't do the job (or you just want another solution), try these methods to get rid of period pain that aren't painkillers.