During your menstrual period, your uterus muscles contract to squeeze the lining away from the uterine wall, causing it to exit the body through the vagina. The contractions often cause pain and discomfort, especially during the beginning of a period; most people refer to the pain as cramps. During menstruation, people experience cramps in the lower abdomen, but the pain can radiate to the lower back, upper thighs, or groin. The pain is usually worse at the beginning of a period and lessens as the days go. The good news is that various home remedies can help relieve painful periods Orlando, including the following.
Engage in gentle exercise
Exercise may be the last thing you think of doing when you have cramps, but this may offer pain relief. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins – these are nature’s natural pain relievers. Vigorous and strenuous exercise may not be beneficial when you are in pain, but doing yoga, going for a walk, and gentle stretches may help.
Hot compress your abdomen
If you have painful periods, place a heating pad or hot water bottle against the abdomen to relax the muscles and relieve cramps. Heat relaxes your uterine muscles and those surrounding it; this may reduce cramping and discomfort. Sometimes you may also experience low back pain during your periods; placing a heating pad on your lower back can reduce the pain. Soaking in a warm bath can also help relax your abdominal, back, and leg muscles.
Massage your abdomen
You can perform self-massage or get a massage over the abdomen to relax the pelvic muscles and alleviate cramping. Apply massage oil, body lotion, or coconut oil to avoid friction between your palm and your skin during the massage. Using essential oils like Roman chamomile, rosemary, peppermint, and clary sage offer additional benefits for those experiencing menstrual cramps. Add a few drops of a list of the above essential oils to a carrier oil for effective abdominal self-massage.
Make some diet changes
Dietary changes may minimize menstrual cramping. Eat a balanced diet rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, omega-3 fatty acids, whole grains, and lean proteins to stay healthy. You also want to increase your fluid intake since dehydration is a common cause of muscle cramps. Drink a lot of herbal teas to soothe your muscles; the herbs can also be beneficial. For menstrual pain relief, you may try teas like red raspberry, dandelion, chamomile, and fennel tears.
During your periods, hormonal changes occur in your body; these affect your digestive tract and can cause menstrual periods. Therefore prioritizing a fiber-rich diet low in oils and processed sugars can improve digestion and reduce abdominal discomfort.
Use over-the-counter painkillers.
If the pain persists after trying natural home remedies, you can try using over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen and aspirin. The drugs can help reduce inflammation, pain, and menstrual cramps. Follow the dosage directions on the bottle and talk to your doctor if the recommended dose does not relieve menstrual cramps.
If your menstrual cramps don’t improve with the above remedies, visit your doctor at Contemporary Women’s Care for medical evaluation and treatment.