Suffering From Menstrual Cramps? Here Is Your Fix
Menstrual cramps affect most women in their reproductive years. The complex physiological process of menstruation shared by all women around the world are not symptoms of any disease and normally should not interfere with daily activities.
However, many women experience discomfort and even temporary disability from symptoms preceding the periods such as severe abdominal and pelvic pain, fatigue and nausea.
These preceding symptoms known as Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), is the cause of missed workdays for about 75 million women in a year.
Menstrual cramps also known as dysmenorrhea are most common among young women who have never been pregnant, but it is estimated that about 20% of premenopausal women also suffer from premenstrual syndrome.
Treating Menstrual Cramps and PMS
Astonishingly, menstrual cramps and PMS are not considered as serious problems despite the severity and frequent occurrence of this discomfort. Painkillers are often used to treat the cramps. PMS is also treated with drugs such as oral contraceptives and antidepressants.
However, a combination of diet, herbs and other remedies can also work to ease the menstrual pain. A natural product called Ardyss PMS contains phytoestrogens and isoflavones that helps reduce PMS symptoms, achieve hormonal balance and increases energy.
Below are some natural remedies that may help you ease the pain.
Eat Breakfast To Prevent Cramps
Regularly eating in the morning significantly reduces the risk of menstrual cramps, according to a new Japanese study. Morning meals help head off nutritional deficiences, which can lead to hormonal upset that causes cramps.
Add yogurt or a steaming latte loaded with low-fat milk for even bigger benefit. The extra calcuim will help you reach the recommended 1,200 mg. daily study-proven to slash PMS pain by 54%!
Enjoy A Soothing Soak
Soaking in a hot tub of water can bring relief. The heat deactivates the pain at a molecular level in much the same way that pharmaceutical painkillers work. Recommended temperature of the water is between 104 and 113 degrees, which is tolerable to the skin.
Just in case you don’t have time for a soak in the tub, you can also use heating pads which have been found to be effective as hot tub soaking. The heat increases circulation, which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the cramping muscles.
A heat wrap can also provide continuous low level heat therapy to minimize menstrual cramps. The heat increases circulation, making it easier for oxygen and nutrients to be distributed to the cramping areas.
ThermaCare heat wraps can be worn on the lower abdomen and comfortably underneath your clothes to provide hours of continuous soothing heat.
Sip Cramp Bark Tea
Cramp bark tea or its tincture helps to relax muscles of the pelvis and strengthen uterine tissues. Drinking several cups of chamomile tea daily is also helpful with the pain.
Boost Your Circulation
Exercise may be the last on your mind when you are experiencing this discomfort, but it’s been found to ease cramps by increasing blood flow to the pelvis. It also releases endorphins and can bring on euphoric feelings.
Take Vitamin E
Ninety six percent of women who took 200 mg. of vitamin E twice daily before and during the periods had fewer cramps per cycle. Only 4% of these women needed an additional painkiller
Pop Fish-Oil Supplements
Studies showed that women who couldn’t get relief from analgesics and birth control pills took fish-oil supplements daily which led to reduction on cramps by as much as 40%.
Fish oil blocks the pathway of the chemicals that cause the uterus to contract. Recommended dose is 1000 mg. of fish oil every four hours from the day before the period till the cramps stop.
Receiving a massage with essential oils of aromatherapy is a new and gentle way to provide relief for menstrual cramps.
Aromatherapy oils that combine lavender, clary sage and rose have been most effective in providing relief for some women.
Recent studies proved that giving yourself a fragrant abdominal massage with these essential oils two days before your period can cut severe cramps by 50%.
Use two drops of lavender, one drop of clary sage and one drop of rose in two ounces of almond oil to make the massage oil. The lavender is absorbed by the skin and reacts in the body like acetaminophen to relieve pain. Be sure to place a pillow under your knees to keep the abdomen relaxed.
Sunshine Vitamin To The Rescue
Boosting your intake of vitamin D reduces the likelihood of developing PMS. It is believed that most symptoms of PMS may be caused by calcium and vitamin D deficiency, which disrupts the body’s hormonal system. Drink four glasses of low fat milk or take up to 1,200 mg. calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D a day.
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