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Menstruation and Natural Ways to Deal with It

Updated on February 26, 2018
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Menstrual Natural Remedies: Some I have tried

As a growing and functioning woman, you will always have to go through getting your period every month. Women in general suffer and go through it differently, sometimes not feeling many cramps while at other times being doubled up in pain from the sheer amount of pain they are going through. There is also an abnormal medical condition known as Menorrhagia which brings about a lot of blood loss and could impede you from doing your day to day tasks.

This is a very strange occurrence though and is usually only remedied to its fullest extent once you visit your doctor and get the correct medicine and treatment for you. Still, a normal period hurts throughout a specific window of time, generally between 3 to 7 days of cramps; sometimes severe and other times non-existent.

Now, the symptoms you go through are divided into two categories, these being physical and emotional. The table below shows the basic and most common ones. Yet, the different factors of your habitat and body could make you experience different symptoms or these in other ways. It all depends on the woman and her life.

PMS Pre-Menstrual Symptoms

Physical
Emotional
Headaches
Anger
Abdominal pain
Depression
Breast tenderness
Stressed
Cravings
Sadness
Sleep problems
Irritability
Changes in weight
Anguish.
Joint pain
Social withdraw
PMS is known as premenstrual symptoms experienced a few days before the menstrual period.

Here are some things you can try to keep your day as normal as possible and not feel the pain as much.

  • Do some small exercises: a good and relaxing swim or some yoga every now and then are great for cramps since they increase the blood flow and let it all happen sooner and with less pain. These exercises also keep your body and mind healthy and strong so it's a win-win situation! Just make sure not to sit the whole time you are going through this since it is only going to be you soaking up all the cramp aches.
    One exercise I have tried with great results is the 4-7-8 breathing exercise, also known as the relaxing breath. It consists of inhaling for 4 seconds, keeping it in for 7 and exhaling for 8. I usually practice doing this in the morning, between intervals at work, and several times before going to sleep. It is relaxing and quite soothing, not only for my mind and soul, but also for the extenuating cramps. I have found out that starting to do this a few days before getting my period and continued practice during it helps alleviate the symptoms more and has become more efficient all in all.
  • Get some rest: this one is not practiced enough. When going through their periods, most women like to keep up their usual schedules and putting aside the exasperating symptoms and pain. It is not suggested to just lie in bed all day, you do have to live out your life and continue on with whatever you want to do, but a lot of rest at the end of the day is absolutely imperative since your body is getting exhausted through the ordeal and needs strength and sleep to keep going as it should

The Woman's Yoga Book

The Woman's Yoga Book: Asana and Pranayama for all Phases of the Menstrual Cycle
The Woman's Yoga Book: Asana and Pranayama for all Phases of the Menstrual Cycle

In The Woman's Yoga Book, senior Iyengar Yoga teacher Bobby Clennell offers a comprehensive program of asana (yoga poses) and pranayama (breathing techniques) designed to support menstrual health from menarche to menopause, along with nutritional and lifestyle information for those times off the yoga mat. With over 30 years of teaching experience, she encourages women to draw on the strength that comes from practicing women’s yoga. A former professional animator, Bobby Clennell has used her skill in rendering 735 illustrations that teach right along with her text.

 
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  • Eat food that alleviates and improves your general condition: most women are not aware that salty and sugary foods could worsen the symptoms of menstruation, varying in degree depending on your diet. Fruits and vegetables are imperative for consumption at all times, and especially during menstruation. The best food to be eating is definitely potassium filled too, like bananas, white beans, baked potatoes, and dark leafy greens like spinach, dried apricots and baked acorn squash.
  • Try something different: a lot of women find Clary sage oil to be very helpful, rubbing it on their stomachs when feeling the cramps coming. This oil increases the production of estrogen and alleviates pain. Another thing women do a lot is cuddle or lay down with a heating pad over their stomach. This sooths the cramping area and is in general very comfortable. If you don't want a heating pad you could also have a warm bath.
  • Keep a calendar: getting ready for your period is ideal for feeling ok during it and getting anything you need before it. Generally most women's periods follow a 28 day cycle which is only altered because of large amounts of stress, sudden change or anxiety. Sometimes the period cramps and blood flow will come quicker or it might be a long time before you have a period again. It is always good to not panic but keep your doctor close for any advice on the matter and stress to a minimum in life. A lot of people wonder how they could control something like stress and anxiety and to be fairly honest, there is no full control over it but more over how you decide to take it all in. Changes can be sudden and devastating but staying calm and having people that love and care about you around will always soothe your mind.

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Some other tips for these difficult times are

  • The Chaste Please accomplish this., which is highly recommended
  • Tarragon essential oil, massaging your abdomen with it
  • Garlic tea is pretty effective as well
  • Raspberry leaf tea: Exceptional herbal tea that helps you every time.
  • Garlic with milk: added grind garlic to a glass of warm milk
  • Garlic juice: with at least 6 cloves.
  • Ginger tea: Best if the ginger is fresh.
  • Chamomile tea: Add at least 10 malagueta pepper seeds

  • Be careful about tampon use: tampons are perfectly safe and anyone can follow the directions and feel comfortable and safe while using a tampon. You just have to make sure not to leave it in there since it could dry out the lining of the vagina and increase the risk of infection. Pads are better for the night or long periods of time when you can't go change your tampon. Tampons should also be changed about 4 to 5 times a day, as is usually instructed in the box.
  • Don't have any excesses in alcohol or caffeine: alcohol could increase pain at a certain level, varying from woman to woman. This is not saying that you cannot during alcohol while having your period, just to make sure not to have large quantities of it. Another thing to avoid would be caffeine. It is known to retain water, which in turn causes you to feel bloated or achy. Anything filled with sugar could contain caffeine, even the chocolate you love so much. The best thing to do is to stay very far away from anything like that and stick to tea and yogurt, a healthy and nutritive option.
  • Drink water: this cannot be said enough. Even in our normal days we constantly forget to consume as much water as we need, always substituting it for sugary drinks and what not. But nevertheless, water is a must-have, especially during period cramps. Try not to drink cold water though; temperature room water is better for when you are going through menstruation.

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Home Remedies for Menstrual Cramps

Menstruation is a weird way of life telling if we are pregnant or not and mainly why we get pregnant. That is why it is a perfect cycle that also lets us know our bodies are working fine and that we're healthy, as long as it's not excessive. So try these different treatments and reliefs and see which one suits you best! It is not guaranteed to have the same effect every time but they usually improve vastly in your well being and let you lead your life without period cramps getting in your way.

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Traditional Medicinals Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea, 16 Tea Bags (Pack of 6)
Traditional Medicinals Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea, 16 Tea Bags (Pack of 6)

Personality : gently nurturing and a friend of women. Herbal power : supports healthy menstruation, tones the uterus and may be used for menstrual cramps. Reason to love : of course, the delectable fruit of rubus idaeus is a well-known and well-loved summer treat, but it's the raspberry leaf you'll find in this tea. With a silvery under leaf that is reminiscent of the moon's glow, European and native American women have used raspberry leaf for thousands of years for menstrual support, menstrual cramps and during pregnancy as a healthy tonic to help prepare the womb for childbirth. We love this tea for its gently nurturing properties, and its robust taste, which is reminiscent of a delicate and mildly fruity black tea. Taste full-bodied, like a fine black tea (without the caffeine). The statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

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