Period pain is something that all women dread. We are all familiar with the constant throbbing and abdominal cramps that come with this monthly cycle. The pain is the result of the hormone-like substances, known as prostaglandins that trigger the uterine muscle contractions during our periods. While period pain, also called dysmenorrhea, is not a serious health condition, it can still mess up with your days. Every three out of four women experience menstrual cramps and every one out of ten women experience severe pain during periods. The good news is, there are many ways in which you can tackle the pain. The next time Aunt Flow pays you a visit with cramps as gifts, remember the following six ways to relieve the pain:
- Use a heat pad!
Using a heat pad will help your contracting muscles in uterus, which is the main cause of your pain, to relax. You can use ThermaCare, electric, Bengay or any reusable heating patches or pads or can even use a regular water bottle filled with hot water. Place it over your abdomen and in no time it will soothe up your menstrual cramps.
Not everyone wants to take a painkiller to get rid of the period pain, however, popping a safe painkiller into your system can effectively sooth the overall inflammation and pain. A moderate use of an anti-inflammatory med, such as naproxen or ibuprofen can help relieve your cramps every time you get your periods. However, make sure you do not misuse the medication in any way.
- Take your supplements
Magnesium and vitamin B1 supplements can reduce menstrual pain, bloating and any other pms associated symptoms.
- Drink Tea
Many herbal teas are known to possess relaxing and soothing properties. Raspberry leaf is a mild uterine tonic. You can drink raspberry leaf tea each day before your periods start to avoid period pain.
- Have an Orgasm!
Yes you heard that right! Orgasming on the first painful day of your periods can greatly reduce the cramps as the moment of climax the blood flow increases and relieves any inflammation and pain with the release of endorphins. This will not only soothe the pain but also help you relax and sleep better.
Trying acupuncture for relieving period pain is a good idea. Acupuncture can help relax the muscle contractions and regulate the blood flow and is just as effective in reducing the pain as any painkiller.
However, if after trying all of these methods above you still suffer from severe pain; you might want to see a doctor. Excessively painful periods can be a sign of a serious health condition, such as endometriosis. Do not hesitate to consult a doctor to make sure all these possibilities are addressed and there is nothing wrong with you. Before you go see a doctor, take your period cycle charts and tell them about any past medications, vitamins or supplements you took or are taking.
Contributed by “StagHorn”