Introduction to period cramps.
It’s heartbreaking to know that every month, women have to suffer because of period cramps. Some in school, college, or university have to run out of class or leap out of buses to throw up. Some will even pass out when exercising or even at work.
But what else do you know about period cramps? They are typically described as a cramping or constant pain in the lower abdomen and lower back. The pain’s intensity varies, with some women experiencing mild cramps, while others get severe ones. There are also those who don’t get cramps at all. Cramps come up during menstruation when the uterus contracts and gets rid of the lining. Other conditions that cause period cramps include endometriosis and adenomyosis.
So, what can we do to get rid of cramps? If you don’t have Comforté, here are a few expert-recommended options that can help you get period cramps relief as fast as possible.
Get conventional or over-the-counter medicine.
The first remedy that we recommend is getting prescribed or OTC medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Well-known NSAIDs include ibuprofen and naproxen, which are scientifically believed to block prostaglandin production. These medications have proven to be effective in treating menstrual pain.
NSAIDs can work better when combined with acetaminophens, such as Tylenol, and taken every four to six hours. However, doctors have also recommended for ladies to start taking these medicines before their period starts. Basically, if you know your period is going to start on Monday, then you should start taking those medicines on Sunday.
Start a hormonal birth control.
One of the most effective ways of getting a period cramps relief is through birth-control pills or another hormonal contraception that prevents ovulation. This method can make a big difference among women who have endometriosis, a condition in which uterine tissue grows outside the uterus and causes severe cramps every month.
Also, women with normal periods may notice that their cramps go away as soon as they start taking hormonal birth control. This is because contraception regulates hormone levels and decreases extreme fluctuations, which reduce period cramps. Examples of hormonal birth control include the use of oral contraceptives, birth control injections, the patch, and vaginal ring.
A detox bath with Epsom salts.
As funny as it may seem, Epsom salts are the real deal. This is a cheap and relaxing option that helps lessen period pains. For athletes, Epsom salt baths have always been used to relieve muscle pains. The hot water in the tub promotes blood circulation and a comforting feeling, thus eradicating period cramps.
The addition of Epsom salts to the bathtub provides a double blessing. The magnesium in Epsom salts can reduce inflammation and soothe the pain. Take this detox bath twice a day, before and during your next period, and you will love the results.
Check your diet.
Did you know that the food you eat determines if you will suffer from period pains or not? We urge women to consume a high-fiber diet. It has been proven that women who eat more fiber tend to experience less menstrual pain than those who eat less. This is because fiber can decrease blood estrogen levels among women. Estrogen is a driving factor behind period-related pains.
Therefore, here are the foods we recommend: whole grains, fruits, and leafy green vegetables. These also aid in improving digestion, which minimizes stomach pain and cramping every month.
Fatty foods also need to be cut down, as they increase estrogen levels in women. There has been a significant association of women who eat high-fat diets with increased period pain. Studies have shown that women who have a low-fat vegetarian diet and increased fiber intake report reduced pain intensity during periods.
Go for acupuncture.
We understand how painful period cramps are, and we know how awful it can be to ask you to get pricked by needles. Now, we have to give you a choice you might not like, but it works. Acupuncture is a type of traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for more than two decades to treat chronic pain. Acupuncture has been found to be a productive reliever of period cramps and accompanying symptoms, such as headaches and nausea.
Half of the women who have undergone acupuncture have experienced at least a 50% reduction in the severity of period cramps after three months of treatment. Some researchers have also discovered that manual acupuncture, where thin needles are inserted into certain body parts, is more effective at pain relief than electro-acupuncture, where a small electrical current is passed through a needle.
Get a dose of essential oils.
We have one more reason that you should keep a bottle of extra virgin olive oil in your kitchen. This oil can aid in fighting painful period cramps even better than most medication. Women who take five teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil daily for two months, beginning two weeks before the start of their cycle, are more likely to have a significantly reduced pain experience than those who take pain-relieving medications. Extra virgin olive oil is known to be a potent anti-inflammatory. Try EVOO with your salad, and you will never regret the results. Other essential oils you can turn to include rose, cumin, fennel, and cardamom.
Having equipped you with the above solutions, we believe that you are ready to step out of the world and be the queen you have always wanted to be. If period cramps become too persistent, visit your medical provider for further direction.