Most women experience cramps every month and honestly, it's not the best feeling in the world.
During your period, the muscles of your womb contract and relax to help shed built-up lining. Sometimes you’ll experience cramps, which are your muscles at work. Some women and girls may experience nausea, vomiting, headaches, or diarrhea as well.
Cramps don't always cause intense pain, sometimes it is just a dull pain. And they undoubtedly put a crimp in your lifestyle, since you can’t go out with friends or even go to work when you’re doubled over. While it is a normal occurrence in our lives, we try to find ways to cope up. Here are some ways to relieve cramps.
Applying heat to the uterus helps relax the muscle. A heating pad has been shown to be as effective as ibuprofen for menstrual cramp pain.
Stretching of your muscles has a relaxing effect and other yoga poses that help eases the pain. You can practice in between your period but some instructors advise against doing inverted poses so as not to interfere with your natural flow.
Up your Magnesium
Dietary magnesium seems to help ease the pain of cramps, It has muscle relaxant effects, making it a great treatment for cramps,
Magnesium is found in many foods, including almonds, black beans, spinach, yogurt, and peanut butter.
Massage Essential Oils
Massage therapy for about 20 minutes can help reduce menstrual pain. Massage therapy for menstruation involves pressing specific points while the therapist’s hands move around your abdomen, side, and back.
The body's natural endorphins are known to boost your mood. But they also have a pain-relieving effect. A well-known way to boost endorphins is having an orgasm. Having an orgasm increases blood flow to the uterus, speeding up healing time and oxygenating the area for a less inflamed, more smooth process.
Certain teas may help relieve menstrual cramps like Chamomile Tea.
Chamomile tea is often recommended for its calming and relaxing benefits.
Improving your diet
Our cravings can get crazy especially during our period but as much as possible, don't give in to those cravings. Try to eat mindfully and healthily.
Focus on healthy foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, like fish, nuts, legumes, and seeds. Anti-inflammatory foods like blueberries, cherries, and squash are also great additions to the diet during this time.