Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) are throbbing or cramping pains in the lower abdomen. Many women have menstrual cramps just before and during their menstrual periods. For some women, the discomfort is merely annoying.
Menstruation occurs when the uterus sheds its lining once a month. Some pain, cramping, and discomfort during menstrual periods is normal. Excessive pain that causes you to miss work or school is not.
Painful menstruation is also called dysmenorrhea. There are two types of dysmenorrhea: primary and secondary.
Primary dysmenorrhea occurs in people who experience pain before and during menstruation. If you’ve had normal periods that become painful later in life, it may be secondary dysmenorrhea.
However, i will be discussing 5 ways in which you can relieve yourself of this cramps:
1.) Go For Ginger
An herb treasured for its warming and pain-relieving properties, ginger (Zingiber officinale) is often said to relieve menstrual cramps and period pain.
A study of young women found that ginger capsules relieved symptoms of primary dysmenorrhoea including painful periods. No severe side effects has been recorded. Try a little ginger if you’d like a drug-free alternative for period pain relief.
Compounds found in ginger may help to protect against the increases in inflammation, by inhibiting the body’s production of prostaglandins (a class of pro-inflammatory chemicals involved in triggering the muscle contractions that help the uterus shed its lining). Because the onset of menstrual cramps appears to be linked to excessive production of prostaglandins, it’s thought that consuming ginger in dietary supplement or tea form can help reduce menstrual pain.
2.) Drink More Water
Bloating can cause discomfort and make menstrual cramps worse. Drinking water can reduce bloating during your period and alleviate some of the pain it causes. Also, drinking hot water can increase blood flow throughout your body and relax your muscles. This can lessen cramps caused by uterine contractions.
3.) Eat to Reduce Pain ( Diet Is Key)
You may be craving fatty, sugary, or salty foods when you have your period, but these foods are not your friends.
Anti-inflammatory foods like cherries, blueberries, squash, tomatoes, and bell peppers are good choices. Eat more calcium-rich beans, almonds, and dark leafy greens. These foods contain compounds that combat inflammation. Some women report that eating this way can help ease menstrual pain and boost health. It’s best to eat a healthy, balanced diet year round, not just for a few days a month during your period.
Avoid trans-fatty acids that are found most often in commercially-prepared foods like French fries, cookies, onion rings, crackers, and margarine. Ditch alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine. All of these things increase inflammation and may encourage period pain. There is some evidence to show that reducing harmful fat intake may also help relieve painful periods.
4.) Try Cinnamon
According to reports, women who take capsules containing 420 milligrams of cinnamon 3 times a day for the first 3 days of their menstrual cycle have less menstrual bleeding, less pain, and reductions in nausea and frequency of vomiting compared to those who took a placebo.
Try a sprinkle of cinnamon on your cereal or cup of hot cocoa. It can’t hurt and it might help your cramps and other period symptoms.
5.) Reduce Stress
Stress may make cramps worse. Use stress relief techniques like meditation, deep breathing, yoga or your own favorite way to relieve stress. If you’re not sure how to relieve stress, try guided imagery. Simply close your eyes, take a deep breath and imagine a calm, safe place that’s significant to you. Stay focused on this space for at least a few minutes while you take slow, deep breaths.