Menstrual cramps can be very painful. While typically menstrual cramps are not life-altering, they can be inconvenient. There are some home remedies that can help alleviate the discomfort of cramps which are the result of chemicals in the woman’s body that are known as prostaglandins. Prostaglandins cause uterine contractions, inflammation, and pain.
More than half of women who menstruate report some pain from period cramps for a day or two each month. Here are ten methods to help with the pain.
Studies have found that physical activity (both aerobic and stretching exercises), may ease the pain of menstrual cramps. One of the benefits of exercise is that movement can help with relaxation which can be a help in itself.
Eating a healthy diet (less fat and more fruit and vegetables) is a good plan for reducing the pain. Drinking more water is also a means that helps with the discomfort.
3. A cup of hot tea
Many women find pain-relieving properties in chamomile tea and tea with peppermint oil to be helpful. Most caffeine-free teas will calm cramps. Ginger tea, mint or lemon teas have had better results than most.
Soaking in a hot bath or using a heating pad, hot water bottle or heat patch on the lower abdomen may provide relief from cramps.
5. Dietary supplements
A number of studies have indicated that vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B-1 (thiamine), vitamin B-6 and magnesium supplements may effectively reduce menstrual cramps.
6. Avoiding alcohol and tobacco
These substances can make menstrual cramps worse. Some women to relax more with a small glass of wine but it’s not advised.
7. Anti-inflammatory drugs
Over-the-counter NSAIDs can help decrease the production of prostaglandin which will relieve the cramps. Before taking any medication, always consult a physician.
Certain aromatic essential oils (such as lavender essential oil, clary sage essential oil, or marjoram essential oil) can also relieve menstrual cramp pain.
This may be the last thing a woman would think would be a means to relieve the pain, but the release of endorphins not only boost the mood but can help chase the pain away.
Yoga not only helps with cramp but can also alleviate bloat and slow down heavy bleeding. There are several poses that have shown great relief.
If you experience menstrual cramping, contact us today for an appointment with one of our physicians to discuss your options.