How to Stop Menstrual Cramps
Menstrual cramps or dysmenorrhea is a medical condition in women where they feel pain around their pelvic area, extended to thighs and further move down to calf muscles during or prior to menstrual periods. The intensity of these menstrual cramps can range from mild to severe. Following are given some of the different ways to cope with menstrual cramps.
Drink Ginger Tea Before and During a Menstrual Cycle: Ginger has been used as a useful herbal medicine all over the world for ages. Ginger is a plant root that is used for the treatment of so many different diseases and that too in a natural way. Ginger is rich in gingerol – an active ingredient of fresh ginger which is very useful in restricting the prostaglandin production that is considered as the major reason for menstrual cramps.
Here is a way to make a ginger tea: heat up a cup of water and put two tablespoons of grated ginger into it. Allow the water to boil and remove the pan from the stove, once it is boiled. Don’t let the pan on stove as this will result in burning of the bioenzymes found in the fresh ginger. Brew the mixture for about 20 minutes. Next, add the brewed contents in a cup. Add lemon juice and sugar or honey. Taking a cup of ginger tea twice a day is good for soothing pelvis as it eases abdominal muscle pain.
Place a Heating Pad or a Hot Compress on Your Lower Back or Abdomen: This method is used to provide heat to the abdominal area which in turn relieves your tight muscles. This method is really helpful in soothing down your uterus, and also to ease all your pain.
Massage the Part Where Pain is Present: Menstrual cramps normally affect the lower back and the abdominal regional. Massage is another way to deal with tight muscles and relieve the pain. It is suggested to take help from a massage therapist; however, you can perform massage on your own as well to relive the pain. What you need to do is to lie down on flat surface and allow your body to be relaxed. Position your palms on your lower abdomen and move them in anticlockwise circular motion. First start with small area and gradually expand the area of massage.
If Necessary, Take Comfort from Pain Relievers: There are certain over the counter pain killers which can be used to relieve the pain such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen. It is recommended that use these pain relievers only when pain is intolerable. Don’t take these medications every now and then because of high risks of side effects. Natural ways are always best, so stick to them as far as possible.
Exercise Regularly: Regular exercise always guarantees good overall health. It is also good for women having menstrual problems. A large number of studies show that menstrual cramps are less prominent in women who exercise regularly. However, menstrual cramps are more prominent in women with no exercising habit. Exercise is always good for your health especially when it is done in an appropriate and health-oriented way. It does not mean to involve yourself in excessive exercise as this too is not good for your health. During exercise make sure that you don’t become dehydrated. There are certain exercises which are extremely helpful for women. One such exercise is Hatha yoga which is suitable for women of all ages. Similarly, the Stretching Cat Pose is a kind of asana that is very useful for the women with menstrual pain.
Break Bad Habits and Make Lifestyle Changes: Adopting a healthy lifestyle is always vital for good health. Also, it is essential for the women to quit bad habits like taking nicotine, caffeine, alcohol or and other drugs that aggravate the menstrual cramps. A slight adaptation in a lifestyle can bring a great number of positive changes. Don’t be a couch potato, as this is another major cause of menstrual cramps. Always go for nutritious diet. You can discuss your diet plan with a nutritionist. Besides this, you need to get good amount of sleep, remain stress free, try to stay happy as much as possible, if possible take yoga meditation classes etc.
Above mentioned are some of the ways through which you can be able to decrease menstrual cramps. This is not possible to get rid of your menstrual periods entirely, but you can reduce the pain and distress that your womanhood brought with it.
Filed Under: Women's Health