Ways to Get Rid of Period Cramps
What causes period cramps?
During the menstrual cycle, when the flow is not being expelled in the right manner the female might have abdominal cramps. There are some common reasons why an individual has menstrual cramps.
Pelvic inflammatory diseases
It is an infection of the female reproductive system which is usually caused by sexually transmitted bacteria that spreads from the vagina to the womb (uterus).
This is a condition in which the tissues that line the uterus start to grow outside the uterus, mostly on the fallopian tubes or ovaries.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus that appear during women’s childbearing years.
Why Are Period Cramps Painful?
Period cramps could be uncomfortable for a variety of reasons. Menstruation is the process in which your uterus sheds its lining every month. While some discomfort is normal during your period, there can be times when the pain can be severe or devastating.
Dysmenorrhea is a condition that causes unpleasant periods. It’s the most prevalent type of menstrual irregularity: Every month, more than half of menstrual women experience pain for at least the first two days. There are two types of menstrual pains
- Primary dysmenorrhea: Occurs shortly after the first period.
- Secondary dysmenorrhea: Occurs more common later in life and is generally caused by a reproductive problem.
No matter the level of pain you’re experiencing, there are several ways to reduce the pain.
What food helps period cramps?
Foods Rich in omega 3
Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation in the body and may help relieve period pain.
Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids are:-
- Soybean oil
- Chia seeds
- Algal Oil
Dark chocolate has been considered as one of the snacks that can help relieve the period’s cramps immediately. Dark chocolate gives you that sugar rush needed to relieve the pain. It is both tasty as well as a good source of magnesium and iron.
Beans & legumes
Beans and legumes are high in iron and protein and consuming legumes and beans can help in the menstruation cycle. It is one of those healthy proteins which will keep your stomach full for long hours.
Home Remedies to get relief from menstrual pains
Being hydrated may not restrain your cramps directly but can help with reducing bloating. When you are nearing to your period, it is suggested that you should drink plenty of water. Avoiding alcohol and lowering down the consumption of salt are recommended as these two can pull out water from your system.
Avoiding fried foods (potato chips, doughnuts etc.) can help a lot. It is recommended to go for a diet which is rich is fiber and low fat.
Caffeine can make your cramps worse; you should avoid intake of coffee in any form instead switch to a smoothie packed with veggies.
You can take a painkiller to get relief from the pain, but make sure that these medicines that you might want to take are discussed with your gynecologist before you use them.
Heat as a cure
Usage of heat pads, heat wraps (rechargeable or disposable) can really help to deal with these cramps.
Exercise release brain chemicals that can make you feel good. Taking a walk, jumping, yoga, etc. can make you feel good.
Belly massage can help you feel better It is recommended to use essential oils as they have pain killing compounds.
Touching key parts on your belly, feet, back, fleshy parts between thumb and index finger that can help relive aches and pains, seek help of expert to help you find those points.
Sleep may be a problem during period because of cramps, you can try different positions to sleep, avoid usage of smartphones during bedtime and focus on following proper bedtime routine.
Warm water bath can really help you calm your muscles and mind.