As women, we all know it, dread it, and are sometimes even thankful that we get it — I’m talking about our monthly period.
Menstrual cramps are sharp pains in a woman’s lower abdomen that occur when her menstrual period begins and may continue for 2-3 days, a few women may have them last longer. Symptoms can range in severity from a mild annoyance to severe pain that interferes with normal activities.
There are a variety of menstrual cramp remedies that can help reduce menstrual pain—from certain foods to various exercises. However, it’s important to diagnose the cause of menstrual pain in order to find the best treatment.
Some of these home-made remedies include:
Remedy 1: Stay Comfortable
-Try to wear clothing that doesn’t pressure your abdomen, such as all-in-ones. They are comfortable, warm, and help reduce period cramps caused by tight clothing.
-Laying on your left side with your knees pulled up can help by taking pressure off of your internal muscles. It may also help to relieve any bloating from gas.
Remedy 2: Lay off of the fatty foods, alcohol and coffee
Alcohol and the caffeine in coffee will make the cramps worse.
Remedy 3: Take hormonal birth control
Birth control pills contain hormones which prevent ovulation and reduce the severity of menstrual cramps. This is why your doctor may recommend birth control pills for menstrual cramps. The same hormones can also be delivered through injection, a patch you wear on your skin or in a flexible ring you insert into your vagina.
Remedy 4: Stick to a healthy diet
This includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
– In some women cutting dairy intake can drastically reduce period pain. Eat calcium and magnesium rich foods/beverages. Take in a lot of those in milk, cheese, yoghurt, and supplements too. The calcium in milk and dairy products help to clam muscles and relieve cramps. Or take calcium and magnesium supplements every day for 2-3 months.
-Plenty of fiber is particularly useful in cleansing the body of excess estrogen (which can lead to heavier and more painful periods and cramps).
Remedy 5: Load up on WATER
It sounds odd, but drinking water keeps your body from retaining water and helps to avoid painful bloating during menstruation.
You can also eat water-based foods to increase your hydration, including:
- berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
Remedy 6: Papaya
Pawpaw contains carotene plus high amounts of vitamins C and A, as well as lower amounts of iron and calcium. This wonder fruit is low in calories and high in nutritional value, is good for the skin, and aids in digestion. These fruits provide protective smooth coating to your digestive system’s internal walls, thus helping in smooth passage.