- Women's Health
Tips To Quickly Reduce Period Pain - Ways To Ease Your Menstrual Cramps
Waiting for your dreaded period every month is hard enough without the added stress of severe cramps.
Here are some tips which I hope will make your period a lot less hard work.
If your menstrual cramps are causing you extreme agony, please see a doctor.
Lie in different positions
To temporarily ease your pain:
- Lie on your side with your knees tucked right up into your chest.
- Lie face down on the bed with your face in your pillow.
- Lie on your back with your legs elevated 30 cm or so above the rest of your body.
This relaxes your uterine muscles.
- Lie down with your bum up in the air.
This way relieves gas, so less pressure build up.
Gently massage the front of your abdomen and around to your lower back to soothe the pain.
You can also apply pressure to your stomach in 10 second bursts. Your body should be distracted by the bursts of pressure rather than the pain of the cramps.
Potassium can reduce cramping! White beans, tuna, salmon, spinach, kale, raisins, apricots and bananas are all high in potassium.
Pay attention to your diet and how it affects your period. Some women notice that their cramps lessened once they had cut dairy products from their diet. Fiber is very good for eliminating the body of excess estrogen, which can cause heavier and more painful periods and cramping.
Wear the right clothing
Try wearing clothes that aren't too tight, causing pressure on your stomach.
Not only is a hot water bottle great - a heat pad, hot towel or blanket works well too. This helps to relax your muscles.
Soak in a warm bath for at least 30 minutes. It's the perfect excuse. Epsom salt is high in magnesium so if you have any, they'd be helpful in case you have a magnesium deficiency (which can cause cramping).
What method of pain relief do you use?
Exercise increases blood flow which will ease your cramps.
Good exercises are:
- Sit ups
Drink chamomile tea
Chamomile contains the amino acid glycine. Glycine is good for relieving muscle spasms, therefore reducing your menstrual cramps.
Hormonal birth control
The hormones in birth control pills significantly reduce the harshness of menstrual cramps and prevent ovulation. You should make an appointment with your doctor if your cramps are serious.
Women report suffering much less pain once they've tried acupuncture. It works by balancing the body's energy deficiencies. For menstrual cramps and pain, the liver and spleen area is affected.
Please do not try this yourself unless you are trained. Look up your local acupuncture professional.
These little beauties may work wonders (most of the time), but try not to overdo them.