Let's be real ladies, menstrual pain is the worst. As much as I love being a woman, I dread the end of every month when Mother Nature comes knocking.
Recently, a doctor revealed menstrual cramps are just as painful as suffering from a heart attack, and during the first few days of my period, I can't help but agree.
There are several ways that we make our aches more agonizing than they have to be, but luckily, there are simple remedies we can do to find relief in this trying time. Here are six easy ways every woman should know to end the misery of period pain.
I know, exercising is the worst, especially when you feel like your guts are being twisted. However, doing any kind of physical activities makes your body pump out more blood, which helps release endorphins. This hormone counteracts the prostaglandins in your body, thus reducing your cramps.
By giving yourself a 15-minute massage with essential oils can do your body a world of good by increasing your blood flow.
A study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research found women who massaged their lower abdomen with essential oils like lavender, clary sage and marjoram in the days leading up to a period felt a shorter duration of pain, which reduced the suffering from 2.4 to 1.8 days.
3. Apply heat
When you curl up with a heating pad, your menstrual cramps will significantly decrease. A 2001 study published in the Evidence-Based Nursing found that applying heat on the exterior of your uterus is just as effective as ingesting ibuprofen.
If you don't have a heating pad, taking a hot bath or using a warmed up water bottle will also do the trick.
Having acupuncture done on certain points of your body helps regulate your blood flow in your nervous system, which as previously mentioned, calms the painful muscular contractions.
Not only does acupuncture help relieve period cramps, it also improves your digestion, gives you a better sleep, and helps stabilize your mood - talk about a great bang for your buck.
5. Improve your diet
If you don't have enough reasons to eat healthy, improving your diet to mitigate your period pain is definitely a solid reason.
By following a low-fat diet, the overall inflammation of your body will be lowered, easing the pain of your menstrual cramps. This includes switching from unhealthy saturated fats to healthier ones (i.e., using olive oil instead of butter).
Getting more magnesium can also ease the pain of cramps, as it helps regulate your nerve and muscle functioning. You can do so by eating more beans, nuts, brown bread, and leafy greens.
Similar to working out, engaging in sex can lessen the pain of menstrual cramps, but only if you orgasm.
This R-rated activity helps relax an otherwise stiff uterus by increasing your blood flow during your sexual climax. This relieves your cramps by releasing endorphins through your body, which is similar to what happens when you work out.
How do you deal with menstrual cramps?