Just In Case
It is quite possible that our "sage" legislators will decide in the near future that it's immoral for women to take over-the-counter pain meds like Tylenol, and/or that women can't be trusted to have access to potentially harmful drugs, like Tylenol, just sitting there in the drugstore isle next to toothpaste. So, in case any legislation designed to protect you from yourself is enacted at the exact same moment you suffer from menstrual cramps, what are you to do?
According to a new study, you can use a wearable heat wrap. The wrap is air-activated, it supplies a constant, low-level (40C) heat, and it's designed to be worn for an 8-hour period.
The objective of the study was to determine if the pain relief provided by the heat wrap is superior to 1,000 mg acetaminophen (Tylenol, tablet form) over 1 day. The study found that the wrap was better for pain and tightness/cramping relief, and it decreased fatigue and mood swings. The conclusion of the study: continuous, low-level, local heat therapy was superior to Tylenol for treatment of painful periods.