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How To Reduce Menstrual Cramps In 5 Practical Ways

How To Reduce Menstrual Cramps In 5 Practical Ways

We all want to know how to reduce menstrual cramps because the womb lining can shed without throwing all these unnecessary tantrums. How else can you explain its dramatic exit. The humbling pain that comes from our monthly red visitor is simply annoying, to put it mildly. 

Could it be that it is mad that we didn’t utilize the eggs? But how about how we feel? What if we don’t want any form of fertilization? What if our period handled rejection a little better and just exited nobly without tugging at our lower abdomen? I bet every woman can relate.

This is a struggle every woman with menstrual cramps knows all too well and if you’ve never experienced it, luck is an understatement. 

Cropped shot of an attractive young woman lying down on her bed and suffering from menstrual cramp period pains at home

Why do we experience menstrual cramps?

There are various causes of menstrual cramps including:

  • Endometriosis: this condition occurs when the tissue that lines your uterus becomes implanted outside your uterus, most commonly on your fallopian tubes, ovaries or the tissue lining your pelvis.
  • Uterine fibroids: are noncancerous growths in the wall of the uterus that can cause pain.
  • Adenomyosis: a condition where the tissue that lines your uterus begins to grow into the muscular walls of the uterus.
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease: this infection of the female reproductive organs is usually caused by sexually transmitted bacteria.
  • Cervical stenosis: in some women, the opening of the cervix is small enough to impede menstrual flow, causing a painful increase of pressure within the uterus.

Other root causes include:

  • Hormonal imbalance, especially low progesterone 
  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Heavy or prolonged menstrual flow
  • No pregnancies

Irrespective of these triggers / underlying conditions, there are natural and non-natural ways you could reduce menstrual cramps because life can’t always be on hold and smiles at bay because our period showed up. 

All methods of cramp relief do at least one of the following: reduce inflammation, limit prostaglandin production, block pain, increase uterine blood flow, or treat an underlying condition, like endometriosis.

Try out these few relieving tips to reduce menstrual cramps…

#1. Hot water bottle

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Blood clots that form within make outflow of menstrual blood harder. Applying heat via a hot water bottle could help reduce menstrual cramps. Apply the hot water bottle on your lower abdomen and lower back for an almost instant relief.

#3. Be conscious of what you eat

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When on your period, it isn’t really the right time to nibble on fatty foods while guzzling your favorite alcohol. If possible, avoid them totally and replace them with drinks like a warm ginger drink or chamomile tea. Other foods to avoid during your period include: added sugars, refined and processed foods, fried foods, dairy, carbonated drinks, red meat, coffee and salt.

#3. Great sex

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When you have a vaginal orgasm, it automatically releases feel-good hormones such as endorphins and oxytocin which serve as a natural pain relief.  

#4. Relax and take care of yourself 

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If you can afford staying home then spend the time pampering yourself a little. Take a warm bath, get a massage with essential oils such as lavender oil and then cozy up under the duvet for a good sleep while listening to good music. This simple acts of self-care could bring the relief you need as insomnia and/or stress could also be the culprit.

#5. Painkillers 

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Over-the-counter painkillers like Midol, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin and Aspirin are a sure bet especially if you have to go to work or have physical activities to carry out during the day and can’t afford the luxury of laying down on your bed to feel better.

It’s good to note that physical activities also help reduce menstrual cramps, so get moving. 

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