Growing up, I always thought having period pain is normal and not having the pain is somehow weird. For many women, I believe this has always been the thought when growing up. But once most women hit the age of 20, this perception changes.
This is because of the information that is made available to women in regard to reproductive health. And through this, many women have learned about what should be comfortable and what shouldn’t.
Menstrual cramping occurs when the uterus contracts — meaning it squeezes or cramps up. This makes the lining to come off the walls of your uterus and leave your body. When your uterus cramps up, it’s helping the period of blood flow out of your vagina.
When it is that time of the month, the feeling women have can vary from excruciating pain, bearable pain to nothing at all. If you are in the spectrum of any pain whatsoever during your mensuration, it is very important to visit a doctor and find out the root cause of the problem. And if after this you still experience pain, it is important to find solutions that will help ease the pain.
Here are some tips on how you can make period pain less painful;
Take Pain Killers
Do not be afraid to use painkillers when you feel the pain of menstrual cramps. If there is something that I have learned to appreciate is the power of medication. Through medication, you can be able to ease the worst of the pain helping you run your day as normally as possible. Ensure you follow a prescription and do not overuse these meds.
Use A Warm Water Bottle Or Towel
This seems to be the oldest trick in the books when it comes to the easing of menstrual cramps. Since primary, my friends and I have used a hot water bottle to help with the pain. Nowadays you do not have to use a plastic bottle because there are actual hot water bottles.
While laying on your back the water works to relax the uterus muscles helping you feel some soothing feeling. Try it if you haven’t.
Hormonal Birth Control
Whether you want to use the pills for birth control or for easing your period pain, it is important to get a doctor’s prescription. This will help you get the best birth control pill that will work for you, as these pills always have some side effects.
Avoiding Certain Foods
In our high school, we had all sorts of theories in regards to what foods cause an increase or decrease in period cramps. One of the foods that you would hear students say no to is any food with lots of oil in it, coffee, drinking chocolate, and groundnuts.
I never used to believe this but in reality, what you eat during your periods can affect your cramps. Here are some of the scientifically proven foods that you shouldn’t be eating during that time of the month. They include alcohol, fatty foods, caffeine, salty foods, and carbonated beverages.
Having an Orgasm
Despite there not being any clinical studies on this, science suggests that an orgasm can reduce period pain. This is because vaginal orgasms involve the whole entire body which signals the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins and oxytocin. These are usually referred to as feel good hormones.
Adding Certain Herbs To Your Diet
It is important to add some of these herbs into your diet during or just before your period. This is because these herbal remedies contain anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic compounds that can reduce the muscle contractions and swelling associated with menstrual pain. Chamomile tea, cinnamon, and ginger are some of the herbs you can use.
These are just some of the remedies that you can use to help you deal with period pain. Please do not let menstruation cause you so much pain while you can work to reduce it. Always seek medical advice if the pain is too much.
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