Period pain can really be, well a PAIN!! A lot of us suffer in silence and curl up in agony because we just don’t know what to do. Last week when we talked period we focused on some of the reasons for pelvic pain as well as bad period pains. Today we will talk about how we can alleviate some of that nasty pain and get some relief. I mentioned in the last article that the pain can feel like knives butchering your uterus and other times you can literally feel the contracting of the muscles. It is terrible!! The million dollar question is, how can we fight the period pain monster?
Remember I am not a doctor but I do have issues in that department so I know a thing or two. Firstly ensure you mark down your days in a diary so that you know your cycle and when your period is due. This will help u to start alleviating the symptoms before the actual period starts. It will also help you to observe any irregularities. Secondly, also always ensure you have pad/tampon or two in your bag in case of any surprises. Exercise can also really help as you release beta-endorphins which is like your own human morphine! Ensure your exercise is gentle though. Additionally, it is natural to feel bloated before your periods, if you reduce your salt intake a few days before your periods it will help your kidneys flush out excess water. Ensure you dress for comfort as well because tight clothing can actually make period pain worse. Leggings and dresses at this time are your best friend! Another thing that should be your buddy around this time is your hot water bottle or your heating pad.
Here are some more solutions for alleviating period pain:
- Try acupuncture : Certain acupuncture points are thought to regulate blood flow through the abdominal cavity and relax the nervous system, which can help calm muscular contractions. Studies show that acupuncture is just as effective as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines for reducing pain.
- Try a tea , such as raspberry leaf tea, green tea and ginger/ cinnamon tea
- Some papaya: Have generous helpings of papaya during and before your periods. Papaya contains ‘papain’ an enzyme that helps to regulate and helps to ease the flow during menstruation.
- Aloe Vera: Aloe juice mixed with some honey is known to reduce the pain and the flow
- Try painkillers: Use painkillers such as ibuprofen, naproxen, ponstan and myprodol as they are anti-inflammatory drugs (do try take them a day or 2 before your period starts)
- Avoid red meat and caffeine. They have properties that exacerbate the pain.
- Lavender oil: Applying some lavender oil on your abdomen is known to provide relief in just 10 -15 minutes.
- Yoga : Certain yoga poses can help a great deal with cramps
These are a few of the things one can do to relieve menstrual cramps or pelvic pain, and there is so so much more we can do to help ourselves and our bodies. Before I say ciao I do want to tell you one of the most powerful of them all, which is to keep your mind at ease and relaxed. A healthy mind = a healthy body! Until next week… ciao ciao!!
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