It’s another beautiful day to you all ladies and gentlemen as we all welcome you on our amazing website Your Healthy Life. Today we shall be walking ourselves through some ways we can relieve menstrual cramps in ladies and we recommend you visit our previous article on what causes menstrual cramps for better understanding of this excellent and fulfilling write up.
In our quest to bring again smiles on the faces of our ladies during this period of agony, we shall have a view on the natural ways and medical perspectives of lowering or minimizing menstrual cramps.
Natural Remedies of Menstrual Cramps.
Some experts call this mode of treating period pain as non-pharmaceutical treatments. Various ways here include:
Menstruating women should make it a habit of drinking water every day, about 6-8 cups a day especially the days of period cramps.
Some lemon may be added to this water to improve appetite or thirst for water. Moreover, taking fruits with high water content like cucumber and watermelon is also a good alternative.
Drinking water actually avoids your body from retaining water hence limiting painful bloating ( swollen condition due to water or gas retention) during menstruation.
Drinking warm water is more advantageous in relieving period pains since hot liquid increases the kinetic energy of blood making blood flow to speed up and relaxes cramped muscles.
Massage therapy entails the application of pressure or the pressing of specific points of your body as the expert’s hands loiter around your back, side, and abdomen. Oil may also be applied during massaging since this has been proven to reduce pain more rapidly. Massaging can be done for 20 minutes.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the National Health Service ( NHS) in the UK acknowledged that moderate aerobic exercises like swimming, walking, jogging, etc lessen symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and primary dysmenorrhea.
These physical activities shoot up the flow of blood thereby subsiding period pains. Women undertaking walking, jogging, yoga, Zumba, etc are requested to do so in a set of 10 minutes three times a day and every day particularly during the days of menstrual cramps. Such activities, according to Sandy Knauf, lower symptoms of PMS and period cramps since they cause the brain to function properly thus minimizing depression which normally surfaces as menstrual cramps begin.
This is usually known as the climax of sexual excitement. Vaginal orgasm involves the whole body and stimulates the brain to release substances called neurotransmitters in the likes of endorphins and oxytocin. Endorphins are thought to suppress pain perception.
Food and menstrual pains.
Ingesting Salmon and other cold-water fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids have been reported to relieve pains caused by menstrual cramps.
Dark-green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, rich in vitamins, are known to be good sources of iron which are assets for menstruating ladies as they lose lots of iron through their menses. Calcium-rich diets like almonds, green leafy vegetables, dairy products, etc, have also been confirmed to decrease period cramps. Moreover, adding a small number of oats in your breakfast provides you with zinc and magnesium minerals. Studies from DeFazio prove that magnesium slackens the blood vessels and checks the production of a substance called serotonin, a chemical in the brain that manages depression.
Furthermore, fruits also play a great role in minimizing period cramps in ladies. These fruits include bananas, pawpaw, pineapples, watermelon, oranges, kiwi, etc. Kindly visit our article on “Fruits and Health” for more information on fruits and menstrual cramps.
However, it is recommended by Healthline and many experts to avoid foods (like caffeine, salty foods, fatty acids, beverages, alcohol, sweets, etc) that cause bloating that lead to bloating and water retention.
Through this method, very thin needles are inserted at specific regions on your body in order to relieve pain.
Black cohosh is a North American plant of the buttercup family. It is mainly used by Native Americans and Chinese herbalists as traditional ailments and insect repellents. However, they are presently used as dietary supplements for menstrual cramps and PMS. Their roots rhizomes are used in herbal preparations.
Chasteberry is a fruit of the chaste plant found in Central Asia and the Mediterranean region. They are used in dietary supplements for menstrual complications, infertility, and symptoms of menopause.
Women, during their menstrual period, are requested to place a heating pad on their abdomen or lower back to relieve pain caused by cramps. A warm towel or clean warm piece of cloth in the form of pad may also be used. The effectiveness of using a heating pad has been equated to the use of ibuprofen in combating period cramps according to Healthline
Other accessory remedies include no smoking and Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS)-therapy that makes use of electric currents to stimulate your nerves to relieve pain.
Despite taking all these remedies and the menstrual cramps fail to subside, we recommend you book an appointment with your physician alongside your period and symptoms tracker for about 2 to 3 months.
Treating menstrual complications in hospitals can be done through the following:
Over-the-counter pain medicine.
Anti-prostaglandins medication may be prescribed by your health care provider for 1-2 days. These drugs relieve discomfort, make your flow lighter and expose your uterus to fewer cramps. Examples of these drugs include ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, or acetaminophen.
Food is recommended to be taken alongside these drugs since they may upset the stomach. Secondly, those allergic to aspirin-like medicine or faced with stomach complications are advised to abstain from these medications.
Birth Control Methods.
Birth control methods accommodating estrogen and progestin, such as pill, the patch, and the vaginal ring are known to take care of dysmenorrhea.
Birth control method with just progestin, that involves injection and implant usually mimic dysmenorrhea effects.
Nonetheless, the hormonal intrauterine device can be used as an alternative in treating dysmenorrhea ( menstrual cramps).
Dysmenorrhea caused by endometriosis.
Your physician may implement birth control pills, birth control implants, the injection, or the hormonal intrauterine device as mentioned above.
Moreover, Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone (GnRH) agonists are known to cease pains caused by endometriosis. However, these drugs may cause side effects like vaginal dryness and bone loss. Teenagers are also advised not to take these drugs except in severe cases and with the directives of their physicians.
Dysmenorrhea caused by Fibroid.
Treatment here makes use of Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE). In this method, the blood vessels of the uterus are blocked with small particles preventing the flow of blood responsible for the formation of fibroid. Be that as it may, complications that usually arise here include infection, pain, and bleeding.
This technique removes the lining of the uterus in order to reduce bleeding. This method is often undertaking by women who have no desire for future fertility. Physicians are requested to properly counsel young ladies undertaking this treatment.
This is usually a delicate option when most of the above treatments fail to respond positively. This, however, depends on the cause of the menstrual cramps.
Fibroid can be removed with surgery, likewise, endometriosis tissues ejected during surgery. However, endometriosis usually comes again after surgery even though the patient feels some pain relief for a while when the tissue is removed.
Removal of the uterus.
This process is medically called hysterectomy and it’s usually the final option when all other treatments fail to relieve the menstrual cramps and when the disease-causing the dysmenorrhea is very violent.
Haven observed the various mode of treatments for menstrual pains, both natural and medical, we strongly believe if these methods are strongly and carefully applied, majority of the cases involving pains during menstruation shall become history. The usage of poor quality sanitary pads should also be taken into serious consideration as some pads are known to limit the flow of oxygen into the female reproductive system, coupled with the dangerous chemicals associated with its production, all still into the ladies’ genital system.
Hopefully, this article greatly helped you and we also request your contributions as far as this topic is concerned to enable the many ladies facing complications during menstruation.
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