At times, period pain can feel unmanageable, no matter what you do to alleviate it. For those of us with endometriosis or other reproductive health issues, menstrual cramping can be even worse — to the point that it's literally unbearable. There's been a fair share of times that I can't control my period pain, despite how much Advil I take, or how many disposable heating pads I work through. Unfortunately, people with endo often undergo laparoscopic surgery to remove unhealthy tissue to manage pain, and some folks even require surgery to remove ovarian cysts that can also contribute to menstrual pain.
So what do you do if traditional methods of pain management don't work for you when you're on your period? Folks have tried everything from acupuncture (yes, with the little pins) to relieve their pain, to holistic methods such as aromatherapy, fish oil, and tea. However, one of the undisputed ways to alleviate discomfort on your period is through hormone therapy — aka, birth control methods such as the pill, or the Nuvaring. Managing period pain can feel like a game of trial and error, and as you get older and your body changes, what has helped before may not now. If you have debilitating pain, you may have to start to think outside the box, and beyond medication or heat. Here are seven unexpected ways people use to cope with period pain.