While some menstruating people do just fine with a heating pad and rest, others experience more extreme PMS symptoms. For those who experience high levels of pain and discomfort, and have tried all the tricks and remedies under the sun, electronic devices might be an option.
Sophia Yen, M.D., M.P.H., who is board-certified in adolescent medicine and is co-founder of Pandia Health, suggested traditional period pain management is a good place to start, with the option to move on to other methods if these tried-and-true ones don't work.
"If your period pain is causing you to miss school or work, please talk to a doctor," Yen advised. "We can start with ibuprofen 600 mg (with food)...up to three times a day for up to five days in a row (assuming you don't have kidney problems or other contraindications). If that doesn't work, then you can consider using the hormonal IUD, birth control implant, shot, ring, patch or pill to help lessen your period pain or stop your period entirely."
Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG, a double board-certified OB-GYN, echoed Yen's