Unfortunately for some women, cramps are a regular painful annoyance that bothers them every month. If you are one of these women, you are probably dreading the days your period starts.
“While one strategy can work well enough for some people,” says Mendi Stone - NP, with Affinity Physicians for Women “combining these cramp-managing strategies offer the best effects.”
Here are the top 6 strategies to deal with killer period cramps:
- Applying Heat
Applying heat in your lower abdominal area will help relax your uterine muscles. The more relaxed your uterus is, the less cramping you’d have to go through. You can apply a hot water bag on your lower abdomen when your cramps are at its worse. Just make sure that your skin doesn’t come in contact with the hot water bag directly. You can also use heating pads or tiger balm to apply the heat.
Other ways you can utilize heat to make yourself feel better during your period are making yourself a cup of hot tea, soaking in a warm bath or taking a steamy shower.
- Sex and Orgasms
So guess what - when you have an orgasm, it increases the blood flow to the uterus, relieving the cramps. Aside from that, orgasms also help release oxytocin and dopamine, which will help with pain and will even help you sleep. Who knew jumping between the sheets could help with cramps?
Hormonal Birth Control
Birth control based on hormones such as pills and hormonal IUD will work wonders for your period cramps. These birth control options keep the lining of the uterus from thickening normally which shortens your period. This means fewer cramps in terms of occurrence and lesser intensity too; ask your provider today about how this may help you.
- Working Out
A good workout session will produce more endorphins to boost your mood, metabolize your prostaglandins and it will also help your uterine muscles to loosen up. Running, exercise classes, yoga, taking a walk, biking, stretching and other low-intensity exercises are all excellent options.
- Diet Adjustments
A great strategy includes making some changes in your diet: Get rid of the alcohol or at least keep your alcohol intake to a minimum, and stay away from salt. Instead, grab a water and stay hydrated especially during your period. It will work wonders towards lessening your uterine cramps.
NSAIDs are over the counter anti-inflammatory medications can relieve your cramps. It would be a good idea to take an NSAID like ibuprofen even before the cramps start. You can try to take a dose of ibuprofen every eight hours a day right before your period is set to start to stop the inflammation before it begins.
Hopefully, one of these strategies could work for you and if not, you can always try to combine two to three of the strategies until you find the right combination that helps you kick those cramps to the curb. For more information, you can always call us so that we’ll find the best strategy for you!
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Source: Women’s Health Magazine