We are all very different, but something unites us. Every month, our body reminds us of a few days that it follows a life cycle as old as the world. Many of us experience this period with many inconveniences: mood swings, headaches, and most importantly, menstrual cramps. You can hardly find a woman who has not experienced them at least once in her life and most of us suffer regularly. Every month, millions of women around the world would dream of being men so they do not have to endure them or at least have a treatment that can help them alleviate them.
At Crazyfeed.com, we found 13 ways to help you fight those pains and easily survive this time of the month. It’s up to you to discover them!
1. Apply heat
A scientist at University College London showed that the temperature of 40 ° C helps eliminate menstrual pain. Dr. King, who led the research, said they are caused by reduced blood flow to the organs, which damages the tissues.
The most surprising thing is that the heat works in the same way as the pills , blocking the pain receptors called P2X3. So take a bottle of hot water or a heating pad, put it upside down and feel how nice heat kills your ailments. By the way, if you have a cat, your period is the best time for him to fall asleep and purr over your belly.
2. Take a hot bath
As mentioned earlier, heat helps to relieve pain during menstruation. In addition, a bath is also a great way to relax physically and mentally. Fill a tub with hot water, add bath salts ( lavender helps to overcome stress), pour 2 or 3 tablespoons ground ginger , put on your favourite music, make a cup of tea and enjoy!
To improve the effect, add a few drops of essential oils :
- Lavender and sage relieve pain and help you relax.
- The cinnamon and eucalyptus reduce inflammation.
- The pink helps to regulate your menstrual cycle and soothe you.
- The chamomile and ylang-ylang relax muscles and reduce irritability.
3. Massage your abdomen with essential oils
Studies show that a massage with essential oils can relieve female pain. Here are several massage techniques to help you survive during these difficult days:
- Put your palms in the middle of your abdomen and begin to draw large circles , pressing lightly. Do this exercise 30 times.
- Place the middle and forefinger of both hands on your belly button while pressing on your abdomen. Draw a heart , going up, on the sides and down, finishing the form under your belly button. Then put your fingers up. Repeat this exercise between 20 and 30 times.
- Put your hands on your back, under your ribs. Start moving your hands with pressure until you reach the coccyx. Repeat this about 30 times.
- Rub the lower part of your belly with both hands, about 30 times.
- Knead your abdomen with the joints of your hands, for about 30 seconds.
To get a better result and make the process more enjoyable, try some of the essential oils we recommend above. Or, you can prepare a mixture of lavender, sage and marjoram(respecting the proportion 2: 1: 1).
4. Drink herbal tea.
Herbal tea is a drink that humans consume for centuries, relying on the healing properties of plants. Although the use of this infusion to relieve pain may seem strange to some, scientists have shown the benefits of chamomile tea in the treatment of menstrual cramps. It contains glycine, which relieves muscle spasms and therefore relaxes the uterus. The effect of tea is cumulative and can last up to 2 weeks.
Turmeric tea also helps relieve cramps with its anti-inflammatory properties . It calms, reduces swelling and also eliminates spasms. So here is the recipe for this exotic tea:
24 g grated turmeric root;
13 g grated ginger root;
1/4 c. grated cinnamon;
a pinch of ground black pepper;
80 g of honey;
the juice of half a lemon.
Mix the ingredients in a jar and stir them properly. Put the mixture in the refrigerator. To make tea, take 1 teaspoon of the mixture and add between 170 and 230 ml of boiling water . Add a little more pepper.
5. Have sex
Despite the subject we are dealing with, this could be the nicest point on our list. And one of the most beneficial. According to various studies, sex strengthens the immune system, relieves headaches and even improves memory.
You probably already know that orgasms release norepinephrine, serotonin, endorphins and dopamine, which helps reduce the sensation of pain. The blood flow to the genitals and vaginal stimulation do the same to moisturize the tissues and relax the muscles.
Sex can also cause your body to eliminate menstrual blood faster because of the contractions you feel during an orgasm, shortening your menstrual cycle .
6. Sleep well
We all know that sleep is important for our health, but spending time sleeping during your period can be very complicated. You know it already, in those moments your favourite pillow suddenly becomes uncomfortable and your mattress is leagued against you … Then, in the morning, you feel bloated, awake and you get angry for anything.
To make your life more enjoyable, we have some tips for sleeping well. Experts recommend sleeping in the fetal position as it relaxes the abdominal muscles and reduces pain. As the legs are tight, there is less risk of unwanted runoff. Great!
7. Hydrate yourself
As strange as it may seem, drinking more water prevents fluid retention in your body . This will facilitate and help prevent swelling . To improve the effect, you can try to drink warm or hot water. This will eliminate the pain, relaxing your muscles.
If you are not a fan of water, try to eat fruits and vegetables . For example, cucumbers, lettuce, watermelons, peaches and various berries. They are rich in water (about 90% of their volume) and of course they taste good.
8. Consumes spices and plants
Spices are part of our daily lives, but we do not know their true value. Scientists have done some studies, whose results can help us cope with female pain. This is what you can use to make these days a little more enjoyable:
- Fennel seeds . A study has shown that they can fight colic. They are not less effective than medications and relieve pain in an hour. The disadvantage is that they cause more severe bleeding, so it is better not to take them at night.
- The ginger , conversely, reduces bleeding. It can improve your mood and make physical symptoms less pronounced.
9. Do not forget vitamins and minerals
Another way to relieve menstrual cramps is to take vitamins and minerals. Experts recommend:
- Calcium to maintain muscle tone. The scientists recommend taking 1 gram per day to relieve colic. You can add calcium-rich foods to your daily menu: broccoli, almonds, yogurt and milk.
- The Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium and can also reduce inflammation.
- The Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish liver , help reduce inflammation. But you must be careful because it can increase the bleeding.
- The magnesium reduces prostaglandin levels, a substance that increases the sensation of pain. But people with heart disease are advised to check with their doctor first.
- The Vitamin E helps combat colic, but people with diabetes, heart disease and some cancers should be careful with this.
Some women think that exercising during their period is not recommended. However, it is known that exercise increases the level of endorphins in your body, which reduces pain, improves your mood and speeds up the burning of prostaglandins.
To get the desired result, try a regular workout 3 times a week for at least 15 minutes. Experts say that walking, cycling, practising yoga and skating are the best activities. Plus, they will keep you fit, strong and have a healthier heart.
11. Say no to some foods for a while
While some foods and additives are recommended and can help you feel better during these few days, there are things you should avoid. For example, caffeine . For someone who is used to a daily dose in the morning, this can become a disaster. But wait ! Caffeine aggravates the symptoms of the premenstrual cycle , causing swelling, mood swings, pain and cramps. It increases anxiety levels and can even make your menstrual cycle irregular.
It is also best to avoid foods and drinks that cause swelling and water retention: fatty and salty foods (yes, including your favorite hamburgers), alcohol , chocolate and all kinds of soft drinks. .
12. Take an acupressure massage
Acupressure is a very old method. It has been used for centuries and has proven effective not only for the relief of pain but also as a treatment for various diseases. So, if you are not one of the lucky ones who do not suffer during menstruation, you can try. Here are some acupressure points to regulate the period and relieve colic and symptoms of the premenstrual cycle:
- First, Ocean of Energy , is a point that is two fingers below your navel, and another is two fingers below.
- Then two others, which are located side by side in the pelvic area, in the middle of the folds where the legs are attached to the body.
- The next group of points is in the lower back, called Sacred Holes , just above the tailbone.
- The uterus and vitals can be found just outside the sacrum (the area where the previous points are), halfway between the base of the buttocks and the hip bone.
- Ying’s three points are on your feet, four fingers above the ankles.
- And the last point is the Supreme Assault , in the upper arch of your foot, a finger as wide as the heel.
When we talk about other types of massage, chiropractic can also help relieve pain.
13. If nothing works, take medication
The birth control pills may help, as they reduce the levels of prostaglandins that increase the cramping and pain relief. However, if you do not plan to take them regularly, this method will not work.
Another option would be a regular prescription drug. For example, NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen and aspirin) can help relieve pain by blocking cyclooxygenase . This reduces the production of prostaglandins , substances that make you more sensitive to pain.
However, you must remember that these are medicines and that it is better to avoid them if you have another alternative . And, of course, it is always best to consult a doctor before taking a pill or medication.
Lastly, listen to your body
Your body is wise. We are all different and, unfortunately, there is not a single treatment for colic that works for everyone. So, if you do not want to increase your water consumption or exercise, do not do it. If you feel you could kill someone for a cup of coffee, prepare it. If you need a break, cancel your meetings. Trust your instincts. After all, they have been saving us for centuries.
Do you know any other advice to relieve menstrual pain? Have you tried any of the tips described above? What is your favourite?
Do not hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments!