Menstrual cramps are actually uterine contractions that occur just before and during your period in order to shed the uterine lining. These contractions are painful for most people.
For some people, menstrual pain is dull, but for some other people menstrual pain is so severe that it interferes with their daily activities.
There are many causes for the menstrual period pains, risk factors that increase the likelihood to experience painful period cramps, include:
- Being under the age of 30
- Family history of menstrual pain
- Starting puberty early (before the age of 8)
- Having heavy periods
- Having irregular periods
Ways to Relieve Cramps
Over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) are widely used to relieve menstrual cramps.
As with any medication, follow the dosing instructions on the bottle. Also, ask your doctor for better advice.
Yet, we suggest you no taking pain-killer pill too often or limit the use. As pain-killer likely has some other side-effect which is not good to your health and wellness.
Do not give aspirin products (such as Bayer) to children or teenagers under the age of 16 because it can increase the risk of Reye syndrome, a rare but possibly fatal disease.
Mild exercise can lessen period pain and release endorphins, which elevates your mood and makes you feel better. A simple walk around the neighborhood, a yoga session, or stretching exercises can all help ease the pain. Avoid intense workout or exercise. As you need enough rest too.
Relaxation and Rest
Relaxation, rest and sleep can all help with pain relief. In particular, sleep can help maintain a healthy menstrual cycle.
Try different sleep positions to see what works best to ease the pressure on your abdominal muscles. Many people find lying on their side or with knees pulled up to their chest the most comfortable during their period.
Applying a hot water bottle or heating pad or Seedze Graphene Smart Heater to your lower abdomen increases blood flow and relaxes the uterine muscles that cause period pain. In fact, some study found that heat therapy was more effective than over-the-counter pain relievers at easing period discomfort.
A warm bath or shower can also help relieve menstrual cramps. Similar to applying a heating pad or hot water bottle, the heat increases blood flow and relaxes the muscles of the uterus to lessen pain.
Drink Something Warm or Sweet
Drink something hot and sweet will help you feel relieved, as hot drink also increase blood flow and relaxes the muscles of the uterus to lessen pain.
While sweet food make you a happy mood, so it also help ease your pain.