What are your menstrual periods like? Do they pass without any problems or do you fear every time they get closer? If you ever felt aching and severe pain or pressure in the abdomen, pain in the hips, lower back, and inner thighs together with upset stomach, vomiting and loose stools, then you know how unpleasant dysmenorrhea can be. Menstrual cramps are caused by the contraction of the uterus during menstruation, but it can be consoling that in most cases they stop entirely after a woman has had a baby. But until then, here are some of the things you can do to relieve menstrual cramps.
• Heat is very helpful. You can take a hot bath or you can try putting a hot water bottle or a hot towel on your abdomen or lower back. A gentle massage can also relieve menstrual cramps in some cases.
• Try to use less salt, sugar and caffeine in your food a week before your period. Also, avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. Instead, take more milk, yogurt or green vegetables, or any other food rich in calcium and magnesium.
• Take enough of Vitamin B, especially vitamin B 6, but not more than 100mg per day.
• Don’t just lie or sit all the time. Do your best to exercise regularly. Swimming is also a great choice, since it’s relaxing for the whole body.
• If you like, you can try acupressure. According to Chinese medicine, there is a spot that helps relax the cervix and relieve menstrual cramps.
• There is a pose in Yoga that exercises your abdomen, and it’s not difficult to do. Draw the knees down as far as you they go and rest them on yoga blocks or any other kind of block. Now bend over keeping your back straight. Basically your back must hinge from around your thighs.
• One more thing you can try is herbal remedies, like Valerian root and Ginger root.
• Women taking oral contraceptives tend to have less menstrual pain.
• One sure way to relieve menstrual cramps is having sex. Just get into the shower with your man, and the cramps will be gone.
• If none of these works, lay in the fetal position and take some medication. Any pain reliever will do, like aspirin, Tylenol (acetaminophen), Motrin (ibuprofen) or Aleve (naproxen). Most gynecologists recommend them since they are non-steroidal and don’t have side effects.
A lot of women have problems with menstrual cramps, but never see a doctor or do anything about them, thinking it’s natural to have menstrual pain. Don’t be one of these women; instead, do something to help yourself. You don’t have to be miserable every time you are about to have your period. Just try some of these suggestions, and you will surely relieve menstrual cramps and feel much better.