I woke up in the night doubled up with period pain and just wanting to throw up, sometimes the pain can feel like I am in labour. In the UK my fantastic yoga teacher taught me some really effective yoga poses to help. I went into the lounge and did about 5 minutes of stretching, twisting, breathing and believing and the pain was soothed and soon subsided, no gas and air required or swearing at my husband.
Earlier in the week my teaching colleague went home to collect pain killers to alleviate hers so I said I would share some yoga poses to help her and anyone else who might find this beneficial. I found this very short clip below, but there are many on You Tube. I suggest you watch the clip in advance and practise so when pain strikes you can draw on a few of the moves quickly, they are honestly very simple and straightforward.
The three Asana's include the Forward bend, Wide Seated forward Bend and the Child's pose.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpGBciXh50U
I also really feel twists benefit me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY3jbSQhZi0
This one from Esther is excellent if you have a block -