In this post, we shall be looking at tips on how to stop menstrual cramps.
It shouldn’t seem weird that a guy is proffering these solutions.
After all I have sisters. And a very beautiful girlfriend. Who had a fair share of this problem.
So, I want to share in this post how she has overcome this problem called menstrual cramps.
However, you should note that am not a doctor. So, these tips do not in any way substitute professional medical advice.
But some are 100% natural tips. So,they have no side effects.
You may actually try them out.
Menstrual cramps are also known as menstrual pains. Or medically referred to as dysmenorrhea.
These are severe pains felt by women in their lower abdomen usually during their menstrual period.
Primarily, this problem is caused by the contraction of the uterine muscles during menstruation.
This contraction presses the uterus against blood vessels. Thus, cutting off oxygen supply to the uterine muscle tissues. This causes abdominal pains.
Other complicated causes of menstrual cramps are:
When the tissues lining the uterus is implanted outside the uterus. Like when it is implanted in the ovaries or Fallopian tubes. This problem is known as Endometrithis.
When the tissues lining the uterus grows into the uterine muscles. This is called Adenomyosis.
When the female reproductive organs are infected by bacteria. This bacterial infection is referred to as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). This causes severe pain during menstruation.
When the opening of the cervix is too small that it hinders smooth menstrual flow. This condition is called Cervical Stenosis or Stenosis of the Cervix.
Fibroid or tumor.
Sorry I derailed. However, I thought it wise to firstly discuss the possible causes of this problem. Before giving you the solutions.
Now, let’s go straight to the solutions:
1. KEEP TRACK OF YOUR CYCLE: Some ladies don’t keep track of their cycle. So, they are always unprepared when menstruation comes knocking every month.
The first step to defeating menstrual cramps is to keep track of your cycle.
This helps you stay away from greasy foods and dairy products. Especially as your menstrual period draws closer.
It also alerts you to increase exercise activities. And the intake of water and certain fruits. And foods that reduces menstrual cramps.
2. EAT HEALTHY: Take plenty of fruits before, during and even after menstruation. Especially fruits rich in vitamin and fiber.
For instance, banana is generally rich in vitamin B6 which is an anti-cramping nutrient.
Pineapple is another great fruit you should take. Especially as your menstrual period draws closer.
Pineapple contains bromelain which helps in reducing menstrual cramps by relaxing the muscles.
Also, incorporate fiber rich fruits and vegetables into your diet. Like carrots, spinach, peas, lentils, and even whole grains.
This food reduces menstrual cramps by inhibiting the synthesis of prostaglandins.
Also, ensure to take plenty of water during this period to improve the flow.
Avoid fried or greasy foods, dairy, milk, alcohol and coffee. Especially in the first two days.
Also see 8 common processed foods you must avoid.
3. GINGER TEA REMEDY: Grate a piece of ginger, boil it for about 5 minutes and add lemon juice. Then take it two to three times daily during your menstrual flow. This really works.
4. WEAR LOOSE CLOTHES: Avoid clothes that tighten your abdomen and areas around your tummy. It’s advisable you wear gowns and pajamas at this period.
5. EXERCISE REGULARLY: Routine exercise. Not only during your menstrual flow. This reduces cramp during menstruation and generally improves your well-being.
6. USE HOT WATER BOTTLE OR HEAT PAD: In addition to trying out the above mentioned solutions. You should also make use of a hot water bottle or a heat pad.
The heat from the bottle or pad relaxes the uterine muscles and ensures free menstrual flow.
Massage your lower abdomen and back or have someone do it for you. Yeah I help Susan (that’s her name) do that when ever am available and it works wonders.
Instead of using painkillers, substitute them for good quality B complex, Calcium Citrate with magnesium and zinc, and vitamin C. At least 500g per day. I can assure that this works.
Now, let me explain how this works.
Calcium has been found to relieve menstrual cramps by relieving muscle tension around the abdomen.
Magnesium and zinc have also been found to reduce bloating, premenstrual and even menstrual cramps.
These mineral nutrients can also be found in cashews, red meat, oysters, and so on.
7. OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATIONS: Some over the counter drugs also works. I do not advice anyone to resort to taking drugs as a solution to menstrual cramps.
Except if these natural remedies I have recommended does not work for you.
And it is better to seek medical advice. Before you start any form of medication.
Because prolonged intake of certain drugs may have some immediate or long run side effects.
Generally, Ibuprofen is a great over the counter drug that does the job.
It’s always better to start taking it even before the pain starts. This way it inhibits the menstrual cramps.
Other pain relief drugs such as panadol also help in relieving menstrual cramps.
8. SURGERY: This is absolutely the last resort to resolving menstrual cramps issue and rarely occurs.
This can only be done when the menstrual cramps issue is as a result of complicated medical conditions. such as endometrithis, stenosis, and fibroid and so on.
Such surgery can only be carried out by a qualified surgeon after series of tests.
Examples of such surgery are laparoscopy, endometrial ablation, endometrial resection.
All these are done to remove unwanted growths in some parts of the uterus.
But, in worst cases, hysterectomy which is the complete removal of the uterus is done.
Hysterectomy is mainly done by women who are done with child bearing.
So, when next menstrual pain comes to torment you. Try some of these home remedy tips. And I assure you of fast relief.
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