Every lady has that time of the month that they wish would run by fast. This is usually as a result of the pains that follow a 2 to 7 day period associated with their menstrual cycle. The pain, fatigue and frustration that follows these days are so much that all you feel like doing is stay in bed and finding anything at all that can put an end to the pain and discomfort you feel.
There are various synthetic drugs that are designed to reduce the pain and discomfort but this may however not come in handy due to the effort required in getting some of this drugs. As a result of this, we have come up with a handful of homemade remedies that would do a good job in ensuring that your menstrual period is as comfortable as possible.
The cramps and pain felt during the menstrual period occurs as a result of the shedding or losing of cells lining the inner walls of the uterus. A wide range of hormones, notably the ‘prostaglandins’ are responsible for the pain felt during the menstrual flow period and during childbirth. The action of prostaglandins is based on pushing out the inner lining of the uterus. More so, a uterus that lacks good blood flow would be prone to muscle spasms which will result in severe cramps. Dysmenorrhea is the term associated with severe pains during the menstrual flow period.
Howeiver, there are several remedies that can help to reduce the pain, cramps, fatigue and discomfort you feel during your menstrual period. These include:
Exercising will help in releasing beta-endorphins that serve as pain relievers in your body. It is however important to note that the exercises you partake in must be gentle so as not to overwork yourself.
Also, there is a tendency for you to feel bloated or overweight during your periods. You can reduce this by ensuring you cut back on your salt intake few days to the commencement of your period. This would assist in flushing out excess water in your kidneys which would invariably reduce the chances of you looking bloated.
During your time of the month, it’s a good idea to stay off tight fitting clothes around your waist as they increase the discomfort your feel while also adding under pressure on your stomach and uterus.
Running a hot shower will do you a lot of good, especially when you concentrate the water flow on your abdomen and back. The flow of water would help to reduce the pain and discomfort you feel.
Foods to eat
Fruits have always been known for their healing effects and they are no exception during your menstrual flow. Pawpaw contains an enzyme called “papain” that regulates and eases your menstrual flow and is as such recommended to be eaten before and after your menstrual period. Carrots are also known for regulating the menstrual flow, including the mix of Aloe vera juice and honey which would help to reduce the pain. Green tea is also good in calming your nerves and easing the pain. On the other hand, it is important you avoid foods or drinks rich in caffeine. Red meat should also be avoided as these foods are known to increase the severity of pain felt during this time.
Milk does wonders
Try as much as possible to take a glass of milk early in the morning during your period. Milk contains calcium which has been known to eliminate cramps and pain felt during this period. Alternatively, calcium tablets can be taken if you are a lactose intolerant person.
Finally, it is important to remember that relaxation is important. Partake in activities such as reading a book, listening to music and chatting with friends as they would help to calm your nerves. Being happy has a psychological effect on the pain you feel. However, if the pain is severe and one you think you’ve had no previous experience of, it is expedient to see a doctor to rule out the possibilities of Fibroids, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
All in all, relax and have a pain free menstrual period.