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As women, we all know it, dread it, and are sometimes even thankful that we get our monthly period.
But let's face it, menstrual cramps can be a real pain for any woman at any age. It really doesn't discriminate. Although a rather small percentage of women, less than 21 percent have never experienced any pain during their cycle.
Are Severe Menstrual Cramps Normal?
Menstrual cramp pain is very common. It's a normal symptom especially the days before or the first days of starting your menstrual cycle.
While it's common for mild pain during periods, some women have severe cramps that can be terrible as well as hard to tame. Some women like myself have had it extremely bad. I remember back in high school where eating and sleeping we're rare and non existent on day one.
What Causes Menstrual Pain?
A few months ago, a study showed that menstrual cramps can be as painful as a heart attack. Period pain is the most common cause of pelvic pain.
Psychological disorders like stress and depression have been linked to periods pain. The higher the stress you're associated with at home, work, school or with a loved one the higher the chances are to experience dysmenorrhea.
Period pain is the most common cause of pelvic pain. Dysmenorrhea is what is known as period pain. This happens when the muscles in the uterus contract and/or tighten. Women who experience painful periods may be due to having higher levels of prostaglandins — a natural body chemical that causes the uterus, bowel and blood vessels to contract.
Cramps and pelvic pain with menstruation can last from one to four days. With common causes such as heavy flow, uterine fibroids, blood clots or endometriosis. This process causes muscle contractions and cramps that are strikingly similar to actual labor pains. They also often contribute to nausea and diarrhea. The contractions inhibit the blood flow to the lining of the uterus, or endometrium which is the reason for the pelvic pain.
Following the list below of these 11 remedies may help to naturally eliminate or reduce the need for pain-relief medication.
Here are some home remedies that ease menstrual cramps, to help you get through your monthly cycle.
- Exercise. This may sound crazy as you think to yourself," I can barely move." When doing any type of exercise, your body pumps more blood. Endorphins are released to counteract the prostaglandins and reduce your cramps.
- Take a warm bath or apply heat. Lay down while using a heating pad on your belly or a hot washcloth every 10 minutes to help with relief. The contracting muscles in your uterus are relaxed when heat is applied.
- Drink ginger ale or brew fresh ginger and add raw honey.
- Have some chamomile tea. This tea has natural anti inflammatory properties that help alleviate pain and bloating. (Also try raspberry leaf tea).
- Ask your doctor or parents about over-the-counter pain relievers such as midol or something extra strength. Natural Herbal Medicine is a far better option health wise and in the long run (see below).
- Have an orgasm. This type of release is great since orgasms relieve pain through the release of endorphins.
- Acupuncture can serve for some temporary relief.
- Avoiding alcohol and tobacco in the week leading up to your cycle.
- Reduce stress and steer clear of negative environment with negative energy. It affects you more than you know. Cramps is more so related.
Massage your lower abdomen. Studies conducted showed that massaging with certain essential oils provide natural pain relief.(Keep Lavendar and Clary sage on hand).
- Meditation helps to alleviate pain, headaches and anxiety effectively. Many have reported a significant decrease in pain by their next period! Ten minutes twice a day will work a lifetime of wonders.