- Women's Health
Tips for Coping With Period Pain
What are the best ways of dealing with period pain? Some of the myths associated with getting rid of period pain can actually make your discomfort even more pronounced (for example, drinking alcohol is one of those), but there are certain things that you can do to relieve the pain.
1. Drinking alcohol
Contrary to popular opinion, a bottle of wine is not one of the best ways to deal with period pain. It may help to make you more relaxed, but alcohol is dehydrating, which can actually make the cramps last longer. If you really feel the need to drink alcohol, one glass of wine should be the limit.
2. Eating chocolate
This is one way of comforting yourself that actually works. During your period, your body’s levels of serotonin (a chemical that lifts your mood) drops. This level raises again when you eat chocolate and other sweet treats, so you can count your period as a good excuse to eat a few squares of chocolate!
Most people take pain relief when the pain is too bad to ignore, but you can take ibuprofen before the cramps set in to stop them from taking hold in the first place. As with all medication, don’t exceed the recommended guidelines though. If the pain is very strong, it is worth seeing a doctor, as it can be a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome (POS) or endometriosis.
Although it’s probably one of the last things that you feel like doing during your period, a spot of gentle exercise can work wonders. It eases muscle tension, which helps with the cramps, and boosts your body’s endorphins (pain-fighting chemicals).
Dealing with period pain can be a case of finding out the method that works best for you. What works for your friends might not work for you, as your periods are likely to be different in length and intensity.