Some women do not experience any major inconvenience during their monthly menstrual cycles. Others however, experience a load of problems like menstrual cramps, stomach bloating, body ache, fatigue, headaches, mood swings, acne and heavy bleeding etc. And the worst of all these issues happens to the menstrual pain that can leave some women literally crying out and some gasping for breath.
Menstrual pain usually occurs when the uterus experiences mild to severe contractions in order to flush out the unfertilized egg and the uterine lining, including blood and menstrual tissues from the body. And though there are standard medications that can help a woman handle this pain better, certain home remedies can be equally effective in treating menstrual pain and can provide prolonged relief and comfort from the condition.
Effective Home Remedies For Menstrual Pain
Drink Plenty Of Water
Drinking plenty of water can keep your body hydrated for longer intervals, therefore preventing menstrual cramps caused by dehydration. Make it a point to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day during your menstrual cycles.
Eat These Foods And Stay Away From These Foods
Include plenty of omega 3 fatty acids in your meals during your menstrual cycles as doing so would soothe uterine contractions during this period. Fishes like salmon, tuna and mackerel etc. are excellent sources of the nutrient and can benefit you greatly during your periods.Heavy bleeding can increase your chances of contracting anemia which in turn can contribute to your menstrual problems.
So make it a point to eat foods rich in iron during menstruation. Accordingly, you can opt for foods like sesame seeds (boiled in water), red meat (contains zinc as well which can strengthen the bones and muscles to handle menstrual pain better), dried apricots, legumes, liver and shellfish etc.
Stay away from dairy products, fried foods, protein rich foods, sour foods, spicy foods, poultry and meat during your menstrual cycles as they can cause indigestion, bloating and other conditions that can aggravate menstrual cramps.
Eating bananas can help reduce menstrual pain to a great extent. In addition to consuming the fruit, you can opt to boil a banana leaf in some oil (for about 20 minutes), mix the resultant concoction with some plain yogurt and swallow it.
This particular remedy is very effective in treating stomach and back pains related to menstruation.
Drink Parsley Juice
Some women tend to experience low blood flow during their menstrual cycles. This could potentially cause menstrual cramps as well. To curb this effect, it is considered wise to drink some parsley juice regularly.
Mix half a glass of parsley juice with a vegetable juice of your choice. Drink this concoction at least twice a day to get relief from the menstrual pain. The juice would also regularize you’re the blood flow and ease the menstrual cramps.
Eating papayas can also help relieve menstrual pain and other issues related to the menstrual cycle. Studies have revealed that in addition to treating menstrual pain, eating a raw papaya every day during the menstrual cycle can also curb heavy bleeding to an extent.
Drink Coriander Seed Juice
Drinking a glass of coriander seed juice at regular intervals throughout the day can help relieve even severe menstrual pain. All you need to do is boil some coriander seeds (about 20 seeds) in a glass of water for about 20 minutes. Let the mixture cool down and strain it. Drink the concoction to get instant relief from menstrual pain. If you don’t like the bitter taste of the juice, add some sugar or honey to it.
Drink this juice at least twice a day (1/2 cup in the morning and night) for extended relief from the condition. The juice can also curb excessive menstrual bleeding during the first three days of the cycle.
Drink Cinnamon Tea
Cinnamon is known to possess antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce menstrual cramps and bring down the pain associated with it to a great extent.
If you tend to suffer from menstrual cramps and pain on a regular basis, opt to drink a cup of cinnamon tea twice every day. Drinking the tea once in the morning and night can provide extended relief from menstrual cramps and the pain associated with the same.
Opt For Hot Compresses
Mild to severe menstrual cramps and pain can be effectively handled by placing hot compresses above the painful areas. You can place a hot water bottle on the area where the pain is most severe. Keep the bottle in place for about 15-20 minutes until you feel better.
You can also substitute the hot water bottle with warm to hot towels. Either warm a towel or dip it in hot water and place it on the painful areas to get instant relief. You can also opt to sit in a hot water bath for about 20 minutes until you feel the intensity of the pain decreasing.
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Replace Tampons With Sanitary Pads
Studies have revealed that wearing tampons during menstrual cycles can contribute to menstrual pain. Opt for sanitary pads instead that would both be comfortable and easy to use, and would effectively help control as well as prevent menstrual cramps (and pain) during this period.
Exercise To Reduce Menstrual Pain
Remaining inactive during your menstrual cycles would contribute to issues like menstrual cramps and pain. In addition to remaining active, you can opt for certain exercises to treat/control these cramps to an extent.
Accordingly, you can opt for exercises that target the pelvic region and improve blood flow to the same, including light cardiovascular workouts and yoga. Note that you would need to opt for mild exercises like walking or jogging while staying away from rigorous exercises like sprinting and weight lifting etc. as these could place excess pressure on the pelvic region and increase menstrual pain.
Take Rest And Stay Warm
Studies have revealed that staying warm during menstrual cycles can provide your body with extra comfort from menstrual pain. Getting plenty of rest during this period can also help reduce the discomfort and pain experienced due to menstrual cramps.
So keep everything else aside, get underneath some thick covers in your bed and stay there until you feel better.