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23rd of January 2018


This Is How Gynecologists Soothe Their Own Period Cramps

If your cramps hit like clockwork every month, leaving you curled up on your couch in agony, you know this particular period symptom is a special brand of sucky.  

But you're not alone in your misery: "Gynos get cramps too," says Jaime Goldstein, M.D., an ob-gyn at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Yes, that female gynecologist of yours gets the same period cramps that make you curse your uterus every month. The thing is, gynos know more than the gynecological system and its monthly flow than the average person—including how to kick those period cramps.

"We've just found what works for us to end the cramping, or at least make it more manageable," she says. After all, they can't suddenly cancel all of that day's Pap smears just because they have a case of killer cramps.

For some gynos, that means taking a monthly, multi-pronged approach: "I usually combine three of four different strategies to manage my cramps," says Jessica Shepherd, M.D., an assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at The University of Illinois College at Chicago. While a single strategy can certainly help, put several together and you've got a force to be reckoned with.

So what are these strategies, you ask? Well, we asked the same thing.

Here, top female gynos explain how they alleviate their own period cramps—and how you can, too. And, no, you definitely haven't tried all of their tricks before.

So get ready cork your wine bottle, hit up the gym, and even have some between-the-sheets Os.

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