In a woman’s life, menstruation is a normal process and the experience varies among each one. Menstruation occurs monthly for most women, and others have it differently. The average range of a woman’s menstruation lasts for 3-5 days, but may differ according to body types, environmental stressors or other factors. During or before this time of the month arrives, most women experience symptoms, also known as premenstrual symptoms or PMS. These symptoms may include menstrual cramps, cravings, mood swings and may also vary. Most women experience menstrual cramps. Here are a few tips on how to relieve menstrual cramps.

1. Heat

Take an empty bottle or a heating pad and fill it with warm water and place it just above the abdomen. Do this whilst relaxing, watching television or sitting, as long as position is comfortable. A warm bath might also help and do the trick. Warm compress relaxes the muscles and the uterus is composed of muscles that contracts during menstruation.

2. Move Around

Many women can’t even move during menstrual cramps, but moving around or doing minor exercises can help relieve the pain. Minor exercises can release hormones that may reduce cramps. And also, it helps you take your mind off the pain.

3. Limit the caffeine

Caffeine can be found in coffees, sodas/carbonated drinks, teas, energy drinks and among others. Some women may find avoiding caffeine helpful to their cramps. Caffeine constricts blood vessels, including the blood vessels in the uterus and so, contributes to the pain resulting to cramps.

4. Ginger

Now this may sound odd for some, but ginger helps in reducing menstrual cramps. It is an herb that is said to lower the levels of prostaglandin which causes pain, it also is said to make irregular periods, regular for some and it lessens the fatigue that comes with the cramps.

The process is easy:

Grate a small piece of ginger (or the whole piece of small ginger will do) and place it in a pot with a cup of water. Boil it for a few minutes, 3-5 minutes will do. Then strain the ginger from the water. You can drink it as is, or you can add a little honey and/or lemon juice.

You can drink this tea 2-3 times a day for better results.

5. Tea it up

Most women’s cramps are because of caffeine and is lessened when caffeine is avoided. If you have already avoided caffeine and still the pain persists, maybe avoidance of caffeine is not for you. Most women’s cramps can be relieved by teas, such teas are chamomile, raspberry leaf, dandelion and/or basil.

6. Massage

A slight massage on your abdomen area can relax the muscles of the uterus and may help relieve the pain. Some women may also agree that back massages relieves their menstrual cramps

7. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a process where an acupuncturist sticks needles on proper areas of your body to relieve pain on specific areas. Just be sure to get the procedure from a trusted place.

8. Eat Healthy

Regular consumption of dark, green and leafy vegetables can help in relieving pain during periods. Though it might not work for some, it is still a good way of keeping healthy.

9. Medications

If the pain is unrelieved by non-pharmacological ways, then medicine might help. Over the counter drugs which might help relieve pain are NSAIDs (Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) such as ibuprofen or napoxen.

10. Birth Control

Regular and proper use of birth controls might lessen your menstrual cramps during periods. Make sure to visit your doctor for the right birth control for you.
If the pain is unrelieved by most methods and the pain is unbearable, and is accompanied by other symptoms such as fever or heavy bleeding, it is best to give your doctor a visit.

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