I have heard from lots of people that you can use contraceptives to help deal with really bad menstrual cramps, is it true?

Yes! Many people use hormonal birth control to control their cramps or PMS or to regulate their periods. Birth control pills, the ring, and the patch can make periods lighter, more predictable, and less crampy. The Mirena and Skyla IUDs, the implant, and the shot can reduce the number of periods you get, make them lighter and shorter, and reduce cramps. Your nearest Planned Parenthood health center can help get you started on the right method for you.

-Emily at Planned Parenthood