Natural Ways You Can Soothe Your Menstrual Cramps

Menstruation related issues are numerous and common among women. However one of the most common menstruation related problems is menstrual cramps. It’s very common for a woman to have cramps and severe pain before and during the period.

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The cramps and pains can be mild to severe. Also one may feel discomfort around the waist, abdomen, lower back, thighs and even on upper back both before and during menstruation. A feeling of pressure in the stomach is also a symptom of menstrual cramps during periods. Furthermore, a woman can feel vomiting, nausea, headaches or even diarrhoea as well. And when the pain is severe, one can also have loose stools.

Reasons for Menstrual Pains (When and Why)

Though the exact reasons for menstrual cramps are still not known, there are however some factors according to the doctors, that causes the pains.

• Menstrual cramps can be due to muscle contractions.
• The contractions can cause pressure to blood vessels which briefly cuts oxygen supply resulting in menstrual cramps and pains.
• It happens when one has started her first period.
• The pain happens especially under the age of 20.
• When one have their first child.
• It can also happen due to sensitivity to prostaglandins or overproduction to prostaglandins. It is a hormone that has influence over one’s womb.
• The muscle contract and relax during the periods and it creates pain, which is basically the muscles working.

How to soothe Menstrual cramps:

There are many medicines and treatments available which works effectively. There are also pain killers in the market for reducing period cramps. However side effects can be caused due to use and consumption of pain killers and un-prescribed medicines.

Natural ways to soothe menstrual cramps

Medications should be started right before the period is about to start. There are natural and harmless ways to soothe and calm down period cramps. 

Let’s check out some natural ways to soothe menstrual cramps

1. Application of heat 

Applying mild heat is very effective during menstrual cramps. It lowers down the pain and also takes you out of the discomfort that you are facing out of menstrual cramps and pains. A heat patch of the temperature at 104 degree Fahrenheit i.e. 40 degree Celsius is very effective. A hot water bag will also work the same. Place the heating pad or hot water bottle or bag on the tummy or lower back. It give you comfort and reduces the menstrual cramps.

2. Take a warm bath

Take a hot water bath or a warm bath. Do not burn yourself with overheating the temperature of the water. A lukewarm water or mild hot temperature of the bath water will work well. It calms all your muscle, soothes down your period or menstrual cramps.

3. Avoid eating

• Alcohol
• Caffeine 
• Carbonated sodas and beverages
• Salty foods
• Fatty foods

These foods can increase menstrual cramps and pains. Avoiding these foods can decrease the chances of period pains.

4. Drinking lukewarm water

Drinking lukewarm water or ginger or mint teas will reduce your pains. Make sure the drinks are caffeine free.

5. Natural herbs are effective

Natural herbs are beneficial for menstrual cramps and pains. The herbs contain antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory compounds that help reduce period pains. It is believed to reduce muscle contractions and swelling that is associated with period pains. Fennel seeds, ginger, cinnamon, chamomile tea etc works well during the pains and cramps. However check with the doctor before trying them out. And also make sure you are buying the herbs from a reputable store.

6. Exercise, yoga and stretching

Regular exercise reduces the chances of menstruation cramps. Also yoga and stretching helps relax the muscles and reduces the pains. One must start exercising and doing yoga on a regular basis.

7. Eat fiber rich foods and plants

Iron, fiber and protein are lost during menstruation. Include fish, chicken, eggs in your diet. And green leafy vegetables are must to be consumed to prevent you against period cramps. Papaya, brown rice, almonds, walnuts are also beneficial for a healthy menstruation without the menstrual pains.

8. Massage your stomach

A gentle massage on your stomach, lower abdomen, and waist can give you relief during heavy pains. Try massaging with essential oils for better results.


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