Period cramps or period pain that is also known as dysmenorrhea; can be a constant source of discomfort and excruciating pain. Dysmenorrhea can be of two types I.e. primary dysmenorrhea and secondary dysmenorrhea. Primary dysmenorrhea refers to the lower abdominal pain and cramping that is common during menstruation while secondary dysmenorrhea refers to the severe condition that is caused by endometriosis or other issues related to reproductive organs. For secondary dysmenorrhea, it is recommended to consult a gynecologist for treatment. Speaking specifically of primary dysmenorrhea that is normal period cramps or pain, it can also be the toughest thing for few women
In this article, we’ll be going to discuss how you can relieve your period cramps at home without the excessive use of any painkillers. If you are one of those women who are unable to get out of bed during their periods then this might be something helpful for you. So, stick around till the end of this article to make sure that you won’t miss any point that could of great use. Let’s dive straight into all the details.
A heating pad/patch for period cramps.
A heating pad over your abdomen can give you instant relief. It relaxes your muscles and helps you with the cramps that are a constant source of pain and discomfort. Moreover, what else you can do for instant relief is to wrap a heating patch around your abdomen. It has also been proven through a scientific study that heating pads or wraps can provide far instant relief than a pain killer does. It is always the safest and eco-friendly option to go for when it comes to treating excruciating period cramps. You can also put a hot water bottle or a pad on your back or limbs wherever it hurts.
The food you should eat and avoid to reduce period cramps.
Here is a list of food that you should eat during menstruation and the food that you should avoid during menstruation in order to reduce your period cramps.
Food that you should eat.
- Anti-inflammatory fruits I.e. blueberry, cherries, tomatoes and bell paper etc.
- Eggs (good source of omega 3 fatty acids)
- Coldwater fish is also a great source of omega 3 fatty acids.
- Green vegetables.
- Calcium-rich beans.
- Chamomile tea.
Foods that you should avoid.
- All the refined foods including sugar, white bread, portions of pasta, etc.
- All the processed food like sausages, fried food, etc.
- Use of Tobacco.
- Intake of caffeine can also worsen the period cramps.
I have seen a lot of girls avoiding drinking water during their first days of menstruation because of the fear of getting period cramps. This is where they go wrong. Drinking a lot of water and staying hydrated during your menstruation help you get rid of bloating quite easily. Bloating is something that can worsen your period’s cramps. It is advisable to drink as much warm water as you can. You can also add a few herbs and lemon in a warm water cup and drink it to relieve your constant period’s pain.
Get some vitamin D from the direct natural source.
We all know that period cramps and period pain can get be much more annoying than one person could imagine. It doesn’t allow you to perform your daily life activities or be productive. One of the cures to get rid of this pain to get vitamin D. You see, these cramps occur when your uterus contracts due to high levels of prostaglandins. When your body has a sufficient intake of vitamin D, it gradually lowers down the levels of prostaglandins and helps to relieve all the period cramps that have been a source of discomfort for so long.
More intake of magnesium.
This is something quite understood that how important magnesium is for one’s body. You need it for your bones, for your muscles, for your enzyme actions, and whatnot. Moreover, one of the important roles that magnesium play is that it helps to alleviate all the symptoms of PMS including of period cramps. Other than that, a sufficient intake of magnesium also lowers the chances of endometriosis.
Herbal teas can be the best cure for your stubborn period cramps.
You might know that herbal teas have anti-inflammatory properties that definitely help you fight the contractions in the uterus and relieve all the period cramps and pain. Herbal teas like chamomile tea, ginger tea, fennel tea, etc. are the best organic solution to treat periods of cramps.
Exercise can prove to be the best way to treat period cramps.
I know that how impossible it sounds to get up on the first day of your menstruation and workout but believe me it can perform wonders and you’ll be all relieved. Make sure that you don’t have to perform all the strenuous exercises. Mild and gentle exercises will help you relax your muscles and release endorphins. It will make your pain and cramps go away in a while.
Essential oil massages.
Abdominal massages with essential oils can prove to be the best way to get rid of all muscle spasms and contractions in the pelvic region and uterus. Plus, using a blend of essential oils like lavender, almond base oil, rose oil, etc. For massages can provide significant relief from menstrual cramps. Add three or four drops to your abdominal area and massage it gently with your fingers. Believe me that there can be no best cure.
If you are one of those girls who face painful menstruation then this article can be of great help to you. It’s is quite better to go for organic remedies to cure your pain and cramps than to take analgesics and pain killers to reduce this excruciating pain. For more such content related to reproductive health, stay tuned.