Seven tips to help you relieve menstrual cramps

You don’t have to tell us girls that period pain can be bad. But did you know that it can be so bad for some that doctors have actually give it a medical name: dysmenorrhea.

More than half of women who menstruated report feeling pain, cramps and discomfort due to their periods every month. And again, you don’t have to tell us just how much they can cramp your lifestyle, ruining plans with friends, making school or work unbearable and at times bed bound for hours.

Here are a few remedies that may help the next time the red demon comes knocking.

1. A HEATING PAD

The uterus is a muscle, so anything that can help relax your muscles, like applying heat, can be beneficial.

2. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY MEDICATIONS

Moderate use of anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen is one of the best ways to curb period pain. As with any medication, it is best to consult with your doctor, especially if you find over the counter pain killers ineffective.

3. STAY HYDRATED

Drinking more water may help ease bloating, which can make symptoms worse.

4. EAT HEALTHY

Yes, we know you want nothing more than to eat the doughnuts, chocolate and crisps, BUT eating the right kinds of foods may help ease menstrual pain, instead try anti-inflammatory foods like cherries, blueberries, squash, tomatoes, and bell peppers.

5. CHAMOMILE TEA

Chamomile tea may help reduce cramps because it’s full of anti-inflammatory substances that inhibit prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are made by cells in the endometrium of the uterus which are what provoke muscle contractions causing the felt during your period.

6. EXERCISE

Many women find that exercising helps relieve menstrual cramps. This is because exercise releases endorphins, chemicals in the brain that promote well-being.

7. MASSAGE

Massaging your abdomen for as little as five minutes a day can help relieve menstrual cramps because it encourages blood flow.

Candice Farrow

Fashion and lifestyle blogger from North East, England.

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