My period is usually very good. But the last few ones have been terrible, I'm very bloated, and emotional and Motrin is not helping me...should I start a birth control pill?
While birth control pills do help with cramps, you do have several other over-the-counter alternatives that are specialized period specific problems, including the ones you have listed. Try out Pamprin Multi-Sympton, which knocks out bloating, cramps, irritability, backache and headache all in one. How can you go wrong?
If you need more help hit your fave comfy couch with a heating pad and some chick flicks to weather the storm.