There are good numbers of women out there who don’t know what menstrual pain feels like and all I can say is that those are the lucky ones.
Unlike them, other women go through pains ranging from mild to severe during their mild to severe during menstruation and some women can’t even do their usual daily activities. Some might even be hospitalized.
Though it is quite normal to feel a slight discomfort around your stomach, thighs, and abdomen whenever you are on your period, serious and excruciating pain is not normal and you need to see a doctor especially if you can’t do what you normally do daily or you experience fainting. See also: How to Effectively Burn Belly Fat and Keep it Off.
Menstrual pain is caused by the contraction and relaxation of the walls of your womb, this is done to expel the blood, you might also experience cramps when your muscles are at work.
Menstrual pain also comes along with uncomfortable symptoms like nausea, vomiting, irritability, diarrhea, headache, and sometimes fainting.
Causes of Menstrual Pain
Some of the most common causes of menstrual pains are:
- Hormonal imbalances, especially an overproduction of prostaglandins
- Accumulation of toxins in your body
- Having heavy flow
- Having scanty flow
- Starting your period newly
- Being under the age of 20
- Use of birth control
- Medical conditions like abnormal growth in your womb and endometriosis, an abnormal growth of uterine tissues.
5 Effective Home Remedies for Menstrual Pains
Heat is a natural pain killer and it helps in relieving pain effectively. To relieve menstrual pain apply heat to your abdomen and lower back. The heat of 40C is as effective as ibuprofen.
You can use a cloth soaked in water or you make use of a heating pad or hot water bottle. A warm bath can also help relieve the pain. You can make your own heating pad at home.
- Cut two pieces of fabric and sow them together but make sure you leave a hole at the top.
- Pour uncooked rice into the fabric through the hole and then you sew up the hole.
- Place it in a microwave for few minutes until it gets to your desired temperature but be careful not to overheat it so that you will not burn yourself.
- Let it cool when you brought it down from the microwave and then you wrap it in a towel to reduce the intensity of the heat on your skin.
- Place this on your abdomen and lower back until you get relief.
There are some wrong foods that we eat when we are menstruating that worsens the pain of menstruation. Any food that causes water retention and bloating should be avoided, this includes fatty foods, salty foods, alcohol, sodas and carbonated drinks, caffeine, etc.
When you are about to see your period, avoid these foods, you can replace them with ginger and lemon tea, mint tea, warm lemon water, or vegetable smoothies.
Avoid tobacco and alcohol, they worsen menstrual pain.
Increase your Intake of Herbs
Herbs are medicinal plants and they were the first medicines of man and even till date they are still used to treat diseases and a lot of drugs are made of herbal extract or their synthetic forms.
There are a lot of herbs that are used to help relieve period pains and other menstrual disorders in women, they contain anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic compounds that help relieve pain.
Some effective herbs for menstrual pain are ginger, aloe vera, fennel seeds, chamomile, cinnamon, Pycnogenol, and many others. They can be taken as teas, capsules, tinctures, or as mixtures with other herbs.
Herbs are safe but you need to be careful if you are on any medication. Herbs are drugs can react and cause complications in your body.
You need to consult your doctor or naturopath if you are on any medication before taking herbs or herbal supplement.
Engaging in exercise and physical activities help relieve menstrual pain. It boosts the production of epinephrine, the feel-good hormone that eases pain and makes you feel good.
Exercise also relieves stress which is known to worsen the symptoms and severity of menstrual pain. It is also good to reduce stress or learn to manage it effectively and by doing that, you can reduce your risk of menstrual pain.
Another effective way to relieve menstrual pain is to massage your stomach or abdomen for 20 minutes and you can make use of essential oils to boosts its effectiveness.
It has a fast action and it relieves the pain almost immediately. You can get a good therapist to massage you and essential oils to make use of are clary sage, lavender, peppermint, and you should mix them with a good carrier oil before using them.
Carrier oil you can use are coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, Grapeseed oil, or jojoba oil.