You can’t ignore it, you can’t deny and you can’t live without it. Yes, I am talking about menstrual cramps. After going through PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome), you have to bother the menstrual cramps as well for the next 7-10 days every month.
What Is Menstrual Cramp?
The constant throbbing pain women suffer with during periods is known as menstrual cramps. According to the Mayo Clinic – US based healthcare company, the uterus contracts to help expel its lining during the period. A hormone like substance, prostaglandins, which are involved in pain and inflammation, trigger the uterine muscle contractions. If the prostaglandins are of higher levels, it ultimately hurt your abdomen with more severe menstrual cramps.
In a recent research, gynecologists have revealed that every third out of fourth women bother period’s pain and every one out of ten women experiences severe cramps.
How To Soothe The Period Pain?
Usually, teenage girls and working women simply ignore the pain so that their daily routine does not get disturbed. But dear ladies, it is a serious issue that involves your health and which you can’t overlook. Here we have compiled a list of natural home remedies which can be effective in relieving the menstrual pain.
The dry fruits, especially walnuts, are rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids which are known to have anti-inflammatory or pain-relieving properties. You can take a handful of plain walnuts, or add them to your favorite desserts.
2. Fennel Seeds
The antispasmodic properties of fennel seeds relax the uterine muscles which in turn relieves the cramping. Take a cup of hot boiling water and add one tablespoon of fennel seeds, simmer it on low flame for five minutes. Strain the tea, add some honey and take it twice a day before the expected day of the cycle or during the pain too.
It is the best home remedy for the menstrual pain and cramps. The ginger tea with few drops of honey after the meals may help in relieving the pain.
4. Vitamin B6 and Vitamin D
Include fish, bananas, green vegetables especially spinach in your daily diet. Foods that are rich in vitamin B6 and D reduces the chance of mood swings before and during the cycle.
Yes girls, chocolates! Eat as much chocolate as you can. The chocolate has magnesium which alleviates the cramps and serotonin which makes your mood happy.
Basil contains caffeic acid which has pain-killing properties. You can simply make tea with it or just add fresh basil leaves to your food.
7. Olive Oil
By massaging a few drops of olive oil on the abdomen, you can make your contracting uterine muscles relax. Or you can simply put a bag of hot water on the abdomen which can relieve the pain.
However, the pain varies from one woman to another and so does the treatment. The above mentioned natural home remedies don’t have any side-effects for anyone. But if these remedies don’t help in relieving the pain, you should consult the doctor in no time.