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Period Pains: How to get relief from menstrual cramps
IFP Bureau | First Published: January 7, 2020 19:34:59 pm
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Menstrual cramps can be awkward. They can be really uncomfortable and painful enough to cause fatigue and affect your daily activities. Although it is common to feel discomfort around the abdomen and lower back during your periods, for many women, periods pains are an uncomfortable part of life on a monthly basis. But there are certain remedies for relief from the unbearable pains during that time of the month.

To reduce menstrual cramps, here are some of the remedies that can help provide fast relief. Learn how to lessen the pain during your next menstrual cycle.

Hydrate: Drinking water helps to avoid painful bloating, gas and relaxes muscles during menstruation. if you don’t like drinking too much water, you  can also eat foods with high water content including lettuce, celery, cucumbers, watermelon and berries to increase your hydration. And if you hate the taste of plain water, you can opt for flavoured drinks to increase your fluid intake. Chamomile tea may be the right drink for menstrual cramps as it has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce periods pains. This drink can also enhance your mood with its soothing impact on the nervous system. You can also go for a ginger tea, which is good not only for easing periods pains but will also help deal with an upset stomach and bloating.

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Diet: Diet is key to easing menstrual cramps. It is quite natural to have cravings for certain foods when you have periods. However, it’s a good idea to avoid foods that cause bloating and more cramping. Your diet can either help or hurt your menstrual cramps. Avoid fatty foods, alcohol, carbonated beverages, caffeine and salty foods during your menstruation.

Heat: Applying a heating pad or hot water bottle to your abdomen and lower back works wonders for pain relief. Heat helps in muscles relaxation. Take a warm bath or a hot towel, if you don’t have a hot water bag or a heating pad.

Massage: A massage gives you a relief. Massaging your abdomen can help reduce menstrual cramps. It improves blood flow. Adding essential oils can have additional benefits. They help in easing stress and anxiety, besides relieving pain and soothing dysmenorrhea.

Exercise: The idea of exercising with those unbearable pains may not be appealing but exercise helps relieve menstrual cramps as it releases endorphins. Light exercise such as walking, running, or swimming can be beneficial during your period.

Be kind to your body during menstruation. Besides opting for the right foods and measures to avoid periods cramps, don’t forget to focus on regular meals, get as much rest as you can and practice good sleep hygiene to decrease painful periods symptoms.

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