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​​​​8 WAYS TO STOP PERIOD CRAMPS

Many people experience cramps before and during their period. While some people only have minor cramps, others are not so fortunate. Period cramps can be excruciatingly painful in some cases, interfering with your daily life.

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If the monthly period cramps your style, there are steps you can take to regain control. Here are 8 tried-and-true home remedies to help you get back on track with your hectic schedule.

What causes Period cramps?

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Period cramps are caused by uterine contractions. Changes in your body’s hormone levels, particularly prostaglandins, cause these contractions. When you menstruate, your uterus contracts and sheds its lining, which is then passed through your vagina as blood. 

Some people are more prone to period pain, particularly those who: 

  • Are under 30 years old
  •  Bleed heavily during their periods
  • Have irregular bleeding
  •  Have a family history of period pain
  • Began puberty at a young age (age 11 or earlier)

1. Add a heat pad

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Applying a heat pad or wrap to your abdomen can help relax the uterine muscles. Period cramps are caused by these muscles. Heat can also increase circulation in your abdomen, which can help to alleviate pain.

Research shows that heat pads can be more effective than using OTC medications. 

2. Soak in the tub

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Soaking in a hot bath is another way to provide the warmth your abdominal, pelvic, and back muscles require to relax. Add a few drops of essential oils, such as lavender, sage, or rose, mixed with a carrier oil to your bathwater to boost its pain-relieving power. The addition of Epsom salt may also aid in the relief of muscle pain. To reap the most benefits, soak in a hot bath for at least 15 minutes.

3. Yoga

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According to one study, yoga, like aerobic exercise, is beneficial in reducing period cramps. Experts discovered that women who participated in a 60-minute yoga class once a week for 12 weeks experienced significant reductions in period pain. 

If you want to try yoga, look for a class that includes both a physical and a relaxation component. According to research, this combination is the most effective at relieving period cramp pain.

4. Hydrate yourself

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Abdominal cramps may be more painful if you are dehydrated. 

Drink at least eight glasses of water per day. If it’s hot, if you’ve been exercising, or if you’re simply thirsty, you’ll need more.

5. Drink herbal teas

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Herbal teas contain anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic compounds that can reduce uterine muscle spasms that cause cramping. Menstrual cramps can be relieved naturally by drinking chamomile, fennel, or ginger tea.

6. Eat anti-inflammatory foods

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Some foods can provide natural relief for cramps while also tasting delicious. Anti-inflammatory foods can aid in the promotion of blood flow and the relaxation of your uterus. Consume berries, tomatoes, pineapples, and spices such as turmeric, ginger, and garlic. Inflammation can also be reduced by eating leafy green vegetables, almonds, walnuts, and fatty fish like salmon.

7. Skip the treats

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While a brownie or french fries may sound appealing, foods high in sugar, trans fat, and salt can cause bloating and inflammation, exacerbating muscle pain and cramping. To combat sugar cravings, grab a banana or another piece of fruit, or opt for unsalted nuts for something more savoury.

8. Massage therapy

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Massages can help to relieve uterine spasms by relaxing the uterus. Massage therapy should focus on the abdominal area to effectively manage period cramps. However, a full-body massage that relieves stress may also help to relieve menstrual cramps.

Period cramps are very common, but they can cause problems in your daily life at times. There are, thankfully, steps you can take to alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by these pesky cramps. 

However, if the pain does not go away after a few days or is so severe that it interferes with your ability to function, consult your doctor.

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