Making yourself feel worse temporarily is not a popular method of pain relief. However, the more you work your abdominal muscles, the more you force your muscles to expand instead of remain contracted and cramped.
You can do ab crunches on the floor or on a weight machine. If you don't have your own weight machine or access to a gym, lie on the floor with your arms by your side and your legs lying flat. Using your lower abdominals only, raise your legs, bend them at the knee, and tuck your chin and legs to your chest. Repeat these motions in three sets, ten times per set.
If you do have access to a weight machine, sit on the seat and reach behind your head to grab two handles. Keep handles near your ears and extend your upper body to a ninety-degree angle, perpendicular with the floor. Adjust the weight as necessary so you're not straining your muscles.
Did you know that this popular yoga pose can stretch your abs and help relieve menstrual cramps? You can do this pose as often as necessary.
To begin, lie face-down on the floor. Raise your upper body on bent elbows as if you were going to do a push-up. Instead, keep your hips planted on the floor, push your arms up as far as they can go, and lean your head back so that you're gazing at the ceiling. You should feel your abs stretching. Hold this pose for 15 to 20 seconds and lay back down on your stomach. Rest for a few seconds and repeat as necessary.
Sit-ups are one of the most common forms of exercise, but are one of the last things some women think of to relieve menstrual cramps.
Anchor the tips of your feet beneath a recliner or other piece of furniture, unless you're skilled enough to keep feet planted on the floor. Lie flat on your back with your knees bent. Clasp hands across your chest or behind your head. Use your lower abs to raise your upper body up to your knees and back down on a slow, smooth motion.