Kerry... I drive kids to and from school five days/week, so I do them when I think of it while I'm driving, which ends up being pretty often, actually. I put a little reminder in my van so I would be more prone to remember.
I can't say with 100% certainty that doing the kegels was the answer to my problem, but I've been doing them for three months, and for the past two periods, I've been pain free. If you think about it though, it's strengthening the muscles in there, and the reason we get cramps is our cervix opening. So a stronger muscle would help to alleviate the pain? I dunno, just a thought. I just had cramps for all my life when I got my period, and all of a sudden, when I start doing them, the next two visitors I got were pain free. Big coincidence.
Justean... there are a TON of benefits from doing these exercises! Even men can do them! As for women, it can help big time with incontinence, it can help to keep our bladders in place when we age, it can help intensify orgasms, helps pregnancy issues, and on and on.
Here's a site I found that goes over the benefits to men and women.... Max Performance Training, Kegel, Kegel Exercises, Kegelling
The best part is that you can do them anywhere, anytime, and no one knows!