The time’s come again where your world goes back into that emo phase. You’re hurting, and it was no fault of your own, you think it’ll be over soon, but it gets worse, you want to punch something, but don’t, we’re here to help you out with that. Cramps can be a pain, but why let it ruin your day?
If you have moderate to severe cramps, you can reduce your menstrual cramps using proven medical options, alternative medical therapies, natural remedies, diet, and physical activity.
Here are a few ways to do so:
1. Keep an eye on what you eat
Nutrients such as vitamin E, B1, and B6, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids cut back on the hormone-like substances responsible for those painful cramps or help relieve muscle tension and inflammation. Caffeine can make cramps worse, so steer clear of coffee before and during your period.
Start swapping out less healthy fats like the saturated fats found in animal products, and choose healthier ones like unsaturated fats found in olive oil.
Certain teas may help relieve menstrual cramps, because some of the herbs may act as oestrogens, ask your doctor first before using one, especially if you have a history of hormone-related cancer or take blood-thinning drugs.
2. Fight fire with fire
Use heat to get rid of the cramps. Heat can be just as or more effective than over-the-counter pain medications as it aids in the relaxation and contraction of muscles.
Heat a pad or a heat patch. Heat patches are adhesive, non-medicated pads that give off heat for up to 12 hours. Once done, apply them to skin or clothing, but make sure you read the directions. Apply it on your lower abdomen in order to release the contractions and ease the pain.
1. Getting the right kind of needle
If you wish to seek instant relieve from the pain consult your doctor and ask if he advises acupuncture for you in order to ease the pain. Sometimes it will be necessary for you to get an acupuncture treatment because your body might be under a lot of pain and then the added pain of the cramps makes it unbearable.
At times, when you might be injured or in the hospital, you might experience these cramps, or even before an extremely important event, these are the times when you should consult your doctor and ask for an acupuncture injection to ease the pain of your cramps.
Touching key places on your belly, back, and feet can increase blood flow and release endorphins to soothe both your body and mind for a little while. Always consult a trained, certified expert to help you find out how to go about with the process. The acupuncture is thought to have an anti-inflammatory effect.
2. Take the pill
When that pain gets too unbearable, just take a pill. But wait! Don’t just go around taking any type of pill, go and consult your doctor on what type of pill you need to take as everyone’s body is different.
Menstrual cramps occur due to local release of substances called prostaglandins, and NSAIDs lower prostaglandin production and decrease overall inflammation and pain.
Check first with your doctor to be sure NSAIDs are a good choice for you, especially if you have a history of bleeding or kidney issues.
Is there a brighter side to all the pain?
Period cramps are a given, they will happen, and they hurt. However, there is a plus side to this all, the pain you feel while on cramps, causes the heart to beat faster and thus tricks your body into thinking you do a lot of cardio. This may sound silly at first, but this lessens the chances of you getting any cardiovascular disease, and lengthens your lifespan.
The pain may be unbearable, but you can find ways to ease it, use these ways mentioned so that you don’t have to go through so much pain. This is one way of preparing you for the miracle of childbirth and child rearing, and you will also be able to help out those in need of advice.