Not again, but yes it’s again the period’s time? Feeling fearsome about Menstrual Cramps?
Just get relaxed and follow some natural remedies that are very easy to practice in controlling your menstrual cramps or pain during periods. Let’s know in detail all about Menstrual Cramps.
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What are Menstrual Cramps?
Menstrual cramps or period pains range from mild to severe and few experience extreme cramping pain too. The tinging sharp pain in the lower abdomen area pre-menstruation or during period’s time is referred as menstrual cramps. Normally it will be around two to three days before menstruation and can end up till the periods are over. In few cases, it will occur during the menstruation period for one or two days. It is called as dysmenorrhea, which is the biggest discomfort that women face every month.
What Causes Menstrual Cramps?
Menstrual cramps are caused due to the following complications in the female reproductive system:
Endometriosis: During menstruation, the regular lining in the uterus breaks downs. Endometriosis is the lining that grows in the other parts spreading to ovaries, fallopian tubes and pelvis, causing pain and discomfort. The main cause of menstrual cramps is Endometriosis.
Fibroids: Uterine fibroids are another cause for the painful menstrual cramps, they are non-cancerous growth on the wall of the uterus.
Cervical Stenosis: Few women have the cervix opening very small, that hampers the menstrual flow. Due to that condition, there is a pressure within the uterus for outflow of period blood causing pain and discomfort.
Adenomyosis: The lining of the uterus grows into the muscular walls of the uterus that causes menstrual cramps.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID): This is a kind of infection where female reproductive organs are effected by sexually transmitted bacteria
- Mild, moderate, severe to extreme pain in the lower abdomen
- Severe to mild pain in the lower back, hips and thighs
- A sort of pressure in the stomach
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach upsets and loose stools
- Headache and Dizziness
What happens during Menstrual Cramps?
When menstrual period starts, uterus helps to eject the lining by contracting itself. Prostaglandins hormone activates the muscle of uterine to contract through pain and inflammation. When higher level of prostaglandins are activated for ejecting the lining on the uterus, it causes severe menstrual cramps. In the extreme levels, it may squeeze the vessels of blood that feeds the uterus resulting in total discomfort and painful menstrual cramps.
After having known what causes menstrual cramps, you must be wondering how to avoid and overcome this painful discomfort.
Here we bring you, the best natural remedies that you can easily follow to get rid of the strenuous menstrual cramps:
Use Essential Oils for Menstrual Cramps:
One can doubt, how can essential oils relieve menstrual cramps? Essential oils are used from the ancient times to ease the pain and discomfort caused due to menstrual cramps during the menstruation. A twenty minutes of massage with the essential oil on the apt pressure points can give a great relief during and even after the menstruation. This needs a therapist who can initially show you the correct pressure point on stomach, abdomen and back.
Take any aromatic essential oil like grape seed, clove, lavender, rose or cinnamon, sweet almond and dilute it with a carrier oil (coconut oil, olive) for application.
Use Heating Pad for Menstrual Cramps:
One of the best method to get relaxation from paid caused due to menstrual cramps is using a heating pad. Apply heat on the lower abdomen that will help the muscles to contract a bit easily while menses. It will relax your muscles, and flow of the period blood is comfortable. If you don’t have a heating pad, you can even use, a plastic bottle filled with hot water and roll it on your stomach to lower abdomen for relaxation.
- You can even use towel dipped in hot water and wrap it around your waist to lower abdomen area to relax and ease the pain.
- Take a hot shower bath, this helps your body feel comfortable.
Drink Ginger Mix for Menstrual Cramps:
Ginger juice is a great recipe that helps naturally in healing the pain from menstrual cramps. It controls in the lowering levels of prostaglandins that cause pain. It also reduces the fatigue that arise due to premenstrual syndrome and also regulate your irregular periods.
- Take a small piece of ginger and grate it finely. Add it to a cup of water and bring it to boil for about 4 – 5 minutes.
- Now strain the liquid into a class, and add one spoon of honey and lemon juice each.
- Drink this mix at least three times during your period cycle.
- You can also add ginger in your food items while cooking and have ginger candy.
Use Basil Leaves for Menstrual Cramps:
To reduce menstrual cramps pain, you can try the basil leaves water. It has caffeic acid that is analgesic in nature, a great pain killing property.
- Take 10 – 15 basil leaves and add them to a cup of water.
- Bring them to boil for 5 minutes. Take out and cover it with a tight lid, let it cool down.
- You can drink this water in equal intervals for easing the cramps.
- You can even try another method, crash the leaves and take out its juice.
- Take a cup of warm water and add two spoons of juice to it. Consume it three times daily during your menses period.
- You can even munch the leaves once in a while.
Drink Cinnamon Tea for Menstrual Cramps:
Cinnamon has rich properties of anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and anticlotting which are the essential for reducing the pain caused due to menstrual cramps. They are rich in fibre, iron and calcium.
- Take a cup of hot water and add ¼ spoon of cinnamon powder.
- Stir it well and let the cinnamon powder mix well up to five minutes.
- Add honey to the mix, consume it slowly sip by sip.
- You can have two to three cups daily during menstruation period or before periods to prevent from cramping pain.
- Also, you can try on the first day of menses, a glass of warm water with added mix of cinnamon powder and honey.
Blackstrap Molasses for Menstrual Cramps:
The dark thick syrup, blackstrap molasses which is produced during the process of turning sugar cane plant into refined sugar. This syrup usage has been tested through times to reduce the pain from menstrual cramps.
The Blackstrap Molasses has many vitamins and nutrients like potassium, manganese, calcium, vitamin B6, iron and selenium that helps in reducing the clots in the blood and ease the muscles of uterine walls. It greatly helps in reducing the menstrual cramps.
- Take two to three teaspoons of syrup and add it to a cup of warm milk.
- Consume it as early you sense the periods and continue it till your periods end.
Red Wine for Menstrual Cramps:
Drinking Red wine is good for health while in periods as it will help in reduction of menstrual cramps. The main activity of menstruation is shedding of the blood, drinking wine ease the flow of blood through uterus lining by making it thinner. It avoids cramping and clotting of blood. One glass of wine daily can help in easy blood flow without any cramping pains.
- One glass of wine daily during period’s cycle helps to flush out all the waste blood in the body.
Fennel for Menstrual Cramps:
Using fennel, you can easily get rid of the discomfort that is caused due to the cramping pain during the menstruation. It has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and phytoestrogenic properties that relaxes your muscles in the uterus lining. The cramping pain is reduced to a great extent by using fennel for its richness.
- Take a spoonful of fennel seeds and add it to a cup of boiling water.
- Now boil the mix on low heat for five minutes.
- Take out from the flame and strain it into a vessel.
- Add a spoon of honey and mix it well before consuming it.
- Take it twice daily prior to three days of expected date of your periods.
How to Avoid Menstrual Cramps Naturally?
Apart from using some natural methods to reduce your menstrual cramps, pain and discomfort during the periods cycle, you can follow certain precautionary measures and practice certain good habits. By following those, you can have a relaxed periods without any fuzz.
Below are few good habits to follow to avoid Menstrual Cramps Naturally:
Follow Proper Diet
Intake of proper vitamins, minerals and nutrients can keep your body in fine tune and ease the proper functioning of the whole system in your body. Try to avoid inflammatory foods that can cause pain and discomfort in the organs. Instead try to add anti-inflammatory foods like fatty fish, olive oil, berries, citrus fruits and tomatoes that help in controlling the pain and inflammation in the uterus.
Doing exercise can keep your body flexible and active. It can help in contraction of the muscles in the uterus in turn can ease your blood flow without any pain. A 15 Minute exercise followed by walking can make you feel healthy from inside and outside. Keeping yourself in action will automatically streamline your organs functionalism. Yoga and Meditation can also give a perfect body that is full of energy and activeness. It flex your body and wipes off any sort of disorders in system.
Drink Water and Be Hydrated:
It is a good practice to drink sufficient water your body needs, it will remove all the wastes in the body. Be hydrated, it helps in good blood circulation and removal of toxins in the body. It is even good if you practice warm water drinking regularly which helps in increased flow of blood and relaxing the cramps.
Sleeping for 7 – 8 hours daily is a good habit that perfects your body functioning without any hassles. Get enough sleep for a healthy body as irregular sleep patterns will cause many health issues including menstrual cramps.
Keep an Eye on Your Hormones:
If you have thyroid disorder, keep an eye on your hormones. Hormonal imbalances are main cause of the menstrual cramps, discomfort, and pain that result in heavy bleeding. Try to test and take proper medicine for controlling the thyroid levels.
Go for Massage or sauna bath once in a month for healing the pain. The massaging touches helps in reduction of stress hormone levels. It will increase endorphins and serotonin levels which heals your body from inner strength.
Hot Water Bath:
Always take a hot water bath so that your body muscles are flexible and in relaxed mode. It will help in easing the muscles of uterus while contracting.
Boost Endorphins Your Way:
Endorphins are like pain killers, you need to keep yourself on boosting them. Having dark chocolate and hot spicy food can sparkle your senses. This helps in keeping your endorphins active and healthy note keeping you away from pain and discomfort.
Stay Happy and Avoid Stress:
No need for anyone making you happy, happiness is an inner gift you need to give it yourself. Try to avoid stress, strain and look for an option of relaxation. Listen to music and have fun around to keep yourself happy. If you feel good from inside, you will surely look great outside.
Practice Dance /Join Aerobics:
Love to dance and add some joyful fun to your life. Join aerobics, and dance to the music and enjoy yourself that increases endorphins.
Nothing is painful, if your body is in perfect mode. So don’t hesitate yourself practicing some natural methods and remedies to avoid and reduce the menstrual cramps.
Above all is all tried and still you are suffering from the cramping discomfort in the lower abdomen, please consult a gynaecologist for clearing all doubts on your menstrual cramps.