How to get rid OF period cramps? - We suggest you 10 ways
Being a woman-centric and an empowering platform, we dedicate this post to all you ferocious ladies who possess intense grit and poise. Thank you for being YOU. We definitely did emerge as the more blessed gender because we have the power to birth another soul, to give life to another human being (lol, even though we may not appreciate the pain in that “laborious” moment). An integral part of the reproductive process is getting our period every month. Read on to know how this short poem explains our menstrual cycle brilliantly, just hitting the right chords. In the trailing parts, we also cover the much needed secrets into ‘How to get rid of PERIOD CRAMPS?”
“Every month, our friend, The Period says ‘hello’.
Bleeding and cramping, we often feel low.
Moodiness, fatigue, bloating and sore breasts,
Craving for some pampering, delicious food, coupled with rest.
Still many a times, I believe,
With a smile, our discomfort we do deceive.
Premenstrual syndrome sets in prior, by a week or two,
It’s intensity differing for me and you.” – (?)
Spot on, right? Be it our period tracker apps, or our powerful memories (well, if you are blessed with one, that is), our mental alarm clocks just start buzzing when it’s about time, don’t they. Also, quite a talked-about phenomenon- the premenstrual syndrome is our body’s way of reminding us that our menstrual cycle is on its way to be activated. Its symptoms vary from person to person; from mild to severe.
But with increasing stress and the demands of this fast-paced lifestyle, many teenagers and young women complain of severe pain during their periods. At this point, we do want to laud workplaces and organizations for considering its affliction and implementing a paid menstrual leave or a work from home policy for its women employees. But we are definitely at the disposal of our readers to suggest them how to get rid of period cramps. Now, some amount of cramping is considered normal and is often termed ‘Dysmenorrhea’. Using home remedies such as a heating pad or a mild over-the-counter medicine can almost instantly relieve you of discomfort. However, when an individual has severe pain and none of these tricks work well, it is advisable to check for health conditions such as endometriosis, adenomyosis, polycystic ovary, or fibroids, which may cause excessive cramping by obstructing the uterine wall.
HOW TO GET RID OF THE PERIOD CRAMPS?
The ideal scenario would obviously be to completely set free of all the cramping and discomfort that we women have to go through on a monthly basis. While the most obvious solution is to pop a painkiller such as Meftal or an Ibuprofen, having it so often may hinder other bodily processes, and cause more harm than good. Therefore, to relieve you of your period woes, we’d like to suggest a few home remedies which are healthy and very doable, which would come in handy in the manuscript for ‘How to get rid of Period Cramps?’
1. Heating Pad: One of the safest and commonly used methods is to apply heat on your pelvic and lower back area- two regions that turn sore. The heat helps relax the uterine muscles which have contracted, thereby causing strain down low. An alternative option can be a hot water bottle, or a hot, soaked towel. After wringing it, place it on the lower abdomen until its effect withers. Repeat the same every few minutes, until the pain has reduced considerably or has completely diminished. A hot shower, too, can work wonders to relax and calm us. Don’t we all use this remedy during each menstrual cycle?
As technology has progressed, so have the facilities and products. Insulating pads such as ‘SalonPas’, which generate off the body is another viable substitute. All you have to do is tear open the cover, and place it on your lower abdomen, which will stick in a few seconds. The heat produced from our body will contract to it, which will in turn be propelled back, providing instant relief.
2. Teas: Imagine this scenario- a day to lounge around the house, probably, getting some downtime and sipping on a hot cup of herbal peppermint tea; chamomile, or even cinnamon-infused tea. Getting some time to read a nice book, while resting on your bed in your pyjamas. Well, even though it sounds desirable to do so once in a while, the pain can get the better of us. However, these teas are not just by-products of ancient anecdotes. They have several healing and restorative properties. Peppermint tea consists of herbs that function in a manner befitting the estrogen hormone. And, it makes complete logical sense, doesn’t it? Extreme conditions do result from hormonal imbalances. Additionally, ginger and fennel teas also help to alleviate the stressful symptoms and insomnia, which may contribute to the discomfort. Cinnamon, on the other hand, has antispasmodic properties.
3. Well Balanced Diet: If you suffer from menstrual cramps very often, then make changes to your diet, pronto! Switching to a low-fat vegetarian diet will not only increase your metabolism but also strengthen your fighting mechanism. Replacing saturated animal fats with unsaturated plant-based nutrients such as nuts, olive, and vegetable oils has manifold benefits. Include blackstrap molasses, parsley, flaxseed, and papaya in your diet, especially right before and during your period. Being rich in iron, calcium, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, and selenium, these foods are anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting agents. Omega high foods too, are advisable. Berries, tomatoes, pineapple, salmon, and leafy greens, too act as coolants.
4. Decaf immediately: We know it may sound difficult to all the coffee lovers reading this, but caffeine narrows down your blood vessels, thereby constricting your uterus. All we can say is no pain without gain, right?
5. Avoid treats: While the idea of having a brownie or French fries seems so alluring, making our mouths water, they cause more pain than pleasure. Foods high in sugar, trans-fat, and salt cause bloating and excessive inflammation.
6. Essential oils therapy: During your period, indulge in some aroma-therapy and pamper yourself with a gentle lower back and abdominal massage, whilst using few drops of lavender, marjoram, and clary. These scented fragrances, mainly work psychologically, since they calm your nerves, thereby putting you in a tranquil state, and automatically helping in relaxing the cramps as well. It’s kind of a win-win isn’t it? So, ladies, if you have any period woes, go light up some candles, create the atmosphere, and just enjoy a massage. Post this serene experience; a salt-water bath can be a marvel too.
7. Acupuncture Therapy: For those who despise taking medication on a regular basis, alternate practices such as Acupuncture therapy are a lifesaver. Our body in itself is such an awe-inspiring creation. Each nerve is associated with some biological function. Following this practice has proven to have ripple advantages since it releases the pressure gets the blood flowing throughout our internal organs.
8. Endorphin Releasing Activities: Depending on your intensity of pain and comfort, resort to mild exercises such as stretching and practicing yoga. Not only does it calm our bodies and mind down, but it also expands our muscles, and activates and energizes us by releasing endorphins or the ‘happy hormones’.
Another way to naturally release these pleasure hormones are by getting sexually active, either at an individual level or even with a partner. However, peculiar it may sound; it’s basic science- having an orgasm excites us and relieves the muscles which are otherwise constricted.
9. Mindfulness exercises: If you are someone, who is lucky enough to not be a witness to these cramps, do you experience pain when you are more stressed than usual? If yes, then the answer is simple- period pain increases as our emotional distress rises. An easy fix to the same is to meditate or practice mindfulness exercises on a daily basis. Simplistic abdominal deep breathing or visual imagery exercises work like magic wands to alleviate one’s pain and relax the psyche.
10. Birth Control Pills: If you are suffering from any pre-existing hormonal imbalances, then going on a birth control pill will reduce the pain drastically. However, our advice to you is to try natural ways of dealing with these issues first.
Signing off, we hope this article gave you some quick fixes to all your period troubles. As they say, it’s all in the basics- consuming adequate amounts of water helps your body release excessive toxins and blood, bringing forth easiness. As a piece of parting advice, all we’d like to say is that a happy mind leads to a happy life, affecting all other domains. Do not let euphemisms such as ‘Aunt Flo’, ‘The Rag’ and ‘Monster’ wrongly glorify this natural phenomenon! Respect and embrace it.