Menstruation is a natural part of a lady’s life, however for those who get menstrual cramps, it may be a tough time. Even though cramps are not normally a reason to worry, they can stop you from doing regular
actions if they’re very bad.
A woman affected by menstrual cramps will feel pain in the lower abdomen, which can widen to the lower back and thighs. These cramps will usually reduce after the first two to three days of the period.
Some women get cramps right before the start of the cycle too. Some things may make a woman more likely to suffer from menstrual cramps, such as reaching puberty at an early age, genetics, plenty of blood flow during periods, and doing unhealthy things like smoking, not getting enough exercise, consuming lots of alcohol, and using illegal drugs.
After childbirth, some girls will suffer much less from menstrual cramps, or not at all.
How can you lessen the pain from cramps?
There are some medicines to ease the pain of menstrual cramps. There are also some easy methods to reduce pain from cramps, which may work better, and can even stop cramps from coming in the first place.
#1 – Heat
The best way to help menstrual cramps is to put heat on the lower abdomen. Heat helps loosen the tightening muscles in the uterus.
Put a heating pad on the lower part of your abdomen and back. You can even use a regular plastic bottle filled with hot water. Hold it on till it feels better. You may also soak a towel in hot water, squeeze it out, and then heat it in the microwave for a minute.
Put it on your lower abdomen till the towel cools off. Use it every few minutes till it doesn’t hurt anymore.
Taking a hot shower may help ease the pain too.
#2 – Ginger
Ginger helps ease the pain of menstrual cramps. It can also fight the tired feeling that comes with premenstrual syndrome, and can make irregular periods come on time.
Boil a piece of grated ginger in a cup of water for 5 minutes. Drain it and add honey and lemon juice. Drink this tea 3 times a day during your menstrual cycle. or
Add ginger to your meals, or suck some ginger candies.
#3 – Basil
Basil has acid that lessens pain, which soothes menstrual cramps.
Add one tablespoon of basil leaves to one cup of boiling water. Cover it tightly, and then let it cool. Drink this every few hours to ease cramps.
You may also crush some basil leaves, to get juice. Add two teaspoons of this juice to 1 cup of warm water. Drink this tea 3 times a day, when you’re in pain. Or, try adding fresh basil leaves to your meals.
#4 – Cinnamon
Cinnamon can stop muscle tightening, blood clotting, and swelling to help ease menstrual pain.
To make cinnamon tea, mix ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a cup of hot water. Let the tea sit for 5 minutes, and then add honey and drink it. To stop cramps, drink two to 3 cups of cinnamon tea one or two days before your period begins.
Take a cup of warm water and mix in a ½ teaspoon cinnamon and one tablespoon of honey. Drink it 3 times on the first day of your period to stop pain.
#5 – Fennel
The antispasmodic, phytoestrogenic, and anti inflammatory properties of fennel may help loosen the muscles in the uterus, which can soothe cramping and pain.
Add one teaspoon of fennel seeds to a cup of hot water.
Let the mixture boil on a low flame for 5 minutes.
Take it off the flame and mix it well.
Add one teaspoon of honey, and blend well.
Drink this tea two times a day, three days before your cycle starts. Keep consuming it for as long as you need it to ease the pain. Make the tea hot so it should work better.
#6 – Blackstrap Molasses
Because of the many vitamins and minerals in blackstrap molasses, it helps stop blood clots and soothes the muscles of the uterine walls. This lessens the cramps during menstruation.
Add one to 2 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses to a cup of warm milk.
Drink it as soon as you start having cramps, and continue till they stop.
#7 – Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea relaxes the uterus and eases muscle tightening that causes pain during
- Boil one cup of water, and pour it into a cup with a chamomile tea bag.
- Cover it and let it soak for 10- 15 minutes. • Squeeze out the tea bag and add lemon juice or honey for taste.
- Drink at least two cups of this tea every day, during the week before your period.
Besides trying these cures, you can also do yoga and cardiovascular exercises to ease menstrual cramps. Also, drink a lot of water. If you have very bad cramps, ask your doctor what to do.
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