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Menstrual Cramp Remedies - Easy Home Remedies To Relive Menstrual Cramps
Remedies For Menstrual Cramps
Let's face it, menstrual cramps are not fun! More than an estimated 50% of women suffer from menstrual cramps to some degree when they get their period and in more severe cases it can even hamper a woman's ability to go about her day with any kind of normalcy.
Luckily there are a few home remedies that can help alleviate these symptoms when they come around and offer you some relief.
Applying heat is probably one of the best, fastest and easiest ways to get relief from Menstrual Cramp pain.
You can use a hot water bottle, heating pad, a hot towel fresh out of the dryer or even a towel dipped in hot water and completely rung out. Simply lie down comfortably with the heated item placed on your abdomen and/or back.
Take a Hot Epsom Salt Bath
Taking a hot bath is another great way to sooth painful cramps and/or back pain associated with your period. Epsom salt baths are particularly effective. Simply add two cups of Epsom salts to a tub filled with hot water and soak until the water cools. (It might feel so good that you don't want to get out.)
Try Thermal Heating Pads
For those days when you do not have the luxury of lying down with an electrical heating pad, thermal heating pads are the way to go.
These thermal pads are self stick heating strips that you can place on both your abdomen and back. Most of them stay heated for up to 8 hours and they can bring you the feeling of relief all day long.
Ginger is another tried and true home remedy that mothers and grandmothers swear by to relieve menstrual cramps. There are several different ways you can take ginger.
You can make tea by steeping it in hot water (add a little sugar to sweeten) and drink 2 or 3 times a day. Eat a piece of freshly peeled ginger (up to a ½ piece) 4 times a day, or you can even try eating some Ginger cookies along with one of the teas listed below.
Cinnamon Tea, Chamomile Tea and Raspberry Tea are the top three teas recommended to help ease menstrual cramps.
If you have the option, try and buy decaffeinated - then brew and drink 2 to 3 cups a day as needed.
Load up on Bananas
Bananas contain both Potassium and Vitamin K which are two great remedies for allieviating muscle cramping.
Eat a banana as soon as you feel the onset of menstrual cramps or even start a day or two before your know your cycle is going to begin to get the good stuff in your system.
Apply Weight or Pressure
Applying some weight or pressure on the abdomen seems to help many women reduce cramping pain as well.
While comfortably lying on a couch or bed place a large book or something with weight on your abdominal area. Crazily enough, some people have even used their smaller pets. A small dog or cat who is happy to lie still will not only give you the weight, but also soothing warmth and comfort.
While this might sound like a strange home remedy to reduce menstrual cramping, it has been discovered that having an orgasm will actually ease the pain for many women. Not only does it release “feel good” endorphins which acts like a natural pain killer, but orgasms also seem to relax the tightened muscles in your uterus.
Use Over The Counter Medications
Quite often, no matter how hard you try, there might be certain months where home remedies alone are not doing the trick in relieving the pain of cramps.
Luckily there are a bunch of over-the-counter medications that you can try during those tougher months. The most highly recommended and effective are as follows: Advil, Midol IB, Motrin, Nuprin, Aleve or Anaprox.