It sounds like a joke, but there are ways of making life more comfortable when it's that time of the month. Lest you think I'm a dreamer, my friends and I have practised these suggestions, and they really do help.
Now this isn't a list of unheard of things like rubbing garlic into your ankles or taking 5x more the stated dosage of evening primrose oil. No, these are well-known suggestions, but it's how one employs these into your cycle that makes the difference, but I digress.
Firstly, cut out sugar. I know at the time of the month it's the only thing you're craving, but try cutting it out a week before your period and you will reap the benefits. I did it a week and three days before my period, and boy did I feel a difference. I'm talking no sugar whatsoever. No added sweetener/honey/brown or white sugar in hot drinks, or the following:
Chocolate Cakes Biscuits Pastries Doughnuts
Hot chocolate Fruit juice
As a result of cutting out sugar, your tummy is flatter, you're much less bloated, and trust me, the usual pain that comes with your period is significantly reduced. Try it. There's no harm in taking all types of sugar out of your diet for a week, especially if it makes for a, dare I say, 'happy' period. Every pre-menopausal female should try this because you'll feel better within yourself, and I can assure you, there's much less of a 'bloat'.
My stomach was very near flat, and that has never happened before. Impressed and barely in any pain, I can't say I won't be eating chocolate again, but a week before the unhappy times begin why not cut it out? My skin was also noticeably less congested. I can only put it down to cutting out sugar, because I wasn't doing anything else different to my beauty regime, and otherwise I was eating the same food.
After a few days you won't crave sugar as much, but when I say no sugar, I mean nada, don't go near it. If you're a coffee/tea drinker you may want to go without. Plus the reduced caffeine in your diet will do wonders for your skin. Your body, also doesn't need random spikes of energy followed by energy slumps when you're trying to breathe through the contraction-like cramps.
Just go without. The worst thing that could happen is that you'll never eat biscuits again (and pigs might fly).
Secondly, stretch. Professionals and Doctors recommend mild exercise, but frankly I'd rather sit & eat a tub of peanut butter with my fingers. Little stretches on the other hand, are do-able.
Lying on your back point your toes and slightly arch your back. It may seem difficult when your tummy and back are making even lying down a struggle, but it does work. The stretch massages your abdominal muscles and helps relax the contraction. It also helps you focus on the positives during this time: your flexibility
I'm not saying you'll turn into a pilates loving, sugar avoiding Earth woman (wouldn't that be nice?), but I am suggesting you try it.