Menstrual cramps during your period can be the most painful part of this monthly process. Menstrual periods can be light and easy for some teens and some women but sometimes menstrual cramps are so painful that they are unable to continue with daily activities.
Dr Nupur Gupta in a conversation with HealthWire Media shares some tips you can do at home to ease your worries.
Menstrual cramps is caused by contractions in the uterus by a chemical called prostaglandin. Women generally have menstrual cramps just before and during their menstrual periods. The medical term for severe cramps during a period is dysmenorrheal.
Menstrual cramps can range from a mild nuisance to a dull ache across the lower abdomen, hips and legs. It is common to have mild cramps during periods because of uterine contractions.
Your period can be uncomfortable at times; there are many ways you can make them more bearable-
- Use a heating pad- Place a heating pad on your lower abdomen for relief. Applying heat to affected areas can help relax the abdominal muscles. It also promotes blood flow which eliminates swelling in the area.
- Using essential oils has really helped to ease the pain of my cramps it can help lessen the severity of cramps and other aches and pains.
- A cup of soothing herbal tea surely helps you with your cramps, digestion and relaxation during the period. Ginger tea help soothe menstrual pain and get you feeling back to normal in no time.
- During your period, it is recommended that you eat foods rich in essential micronutrients.
- Get regular exercise. This helps blood flow and may reduce cramping. Exercise is a great way to relax your muscles and reduce menstrual pain. Brisk walking, yoga and light aerobics are low-impact forms of exercise that can help relieve discomfort.
- Non- Steroidal Antiflamtory Drugs is recommended for menstrual pain and heavy menstrual bleeding.
What you should avoid during cramps
- Avoid consuming oily and deep-fried stuff during periods as it can lead to bloating by causing water retention.
- Cut back on alcohol and limit caffeine intake.
- Avoid excessive spicy foods can also worsen cramps in many women.
- Limiting or cutting out high-sugar foods entirely during this time
Are the cramps severe and causing hindrances to your daily activities?
If your periods are causing you significant pain, consult your doctor, because menstrual pain can be a sign of serious problem endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease.
If your menstrual cramps are affecting your daily routine or last more than three-four days, you should see your gynaecologist. If possible, try to keep track of your symptoms including when they start/end and how severe they are. This will help your clinician make an accurate diagnosis and recommend the best treatment plan for you.