How to Get Rid of Period Cramp Pain
From the age of your first period to adulthood, you will likely feel the monthly discomfort of period cramps. Although these shooting pains may feel like pointless punishment, it can be comforting to remember that menstrual cramps do happen for a reason. During your period, your uterus contracts to help shed its lining - cramps happen as a result. While menstrual cramps are healthy, this does not make them any more tolerable. Apricotton has compiled a guide with helpful tips for relieving your period cramp pain.
This may come as a surprise, but exercise is an effective, low risk way to minimize period pain. Moderate to high intensity exercise reduces inflammation in the body, which decreases the discomfort of menstrual cramps. Although it can be difficult to surpass the nausea and fatigue associated with your period, partaking in some form of physical activity can be extremely beneficial.
Take a Hot Bath
Not only does taking a hot bath reduce much of the stress that presents itself during your period, it also relaxes the muscles of the uterus, increasing blood flow and reducing the pain of menstrual cramps. After a long day of discomfort, the most enjoyable remedy might simply be a warm bubble bath. To make your bathroom feel like a spa, play some lo-fi music, light a candle and fill your tub with bubbles!
Put a Heating Pad on your Belly or Lower Back
While a drawn-out bubble bath sounds like the ideal treatment for menstrual cramps, it is not always realistic. If you are on the go, running short on time, or do not have access to a bathtub, placing a heating pad on the stomach or lower back is a perfect alternative. Heating pads provide the same muscle relaxation as a bath, but are more time and water-efficient.
While this may seem contradictory to the exercise strategy, taking rest is equally as important as activating your muscles. Set aside extra time in your day for designated rest, such as reading a book, or allocating an extra hour of sleep. Sleeping - particularly in the fetal position - helps ease cramps by reducing pressure on the abdominal muscles. With higher levels of estrogen being secreted during your period, it is common to feel “period fatigue”. It's important to listen to your body, and rest when you feel that it is needed.
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