Ladies, every month you struggle through these difficult days and suffer unbearable things Period pain? Most women experience period pain, but nearly 10 out of 100 women are unable to go about their daily activities because of the severe pain. Can it be managed? Certain lifestyle changes or home remedies can provide relief for many. Let us know how.
Dr. Surabhi Siddhartha, Senior Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Motherhood Hospital Kharghar explains what menstrual cramps, symptoms and how they can be treated. Continue reading…
What is dysmenorrhea and how does it affect women?
“Dysmenorrhea, or menstrual cramps, can occur in the lower abdomen in women and can radiate through the lower back, groin, and thighs during or before their periods. Additionally, these cramps can be a source of peace of mind and you won’t get it.” to do your daily activities with ease, “says Dr. Siddhartha.
Types of menstrual cramps
Some women also experienced nausea, vomiting, and headaches along with cramps. During your period, the uterus tends to contract and relax to break down the built-up lining. Menstrual cramps are not a life-threatening problem, but they can affect your daily life. The causes are primary or convulsive as the uterus tends to contract to expel the uterine lining with blood. Secondary causes of dysmenorrhea are due to pelvic endometriosis inflammatory disease (PID).
Symptoms of dysmenorrhea or menstrual cramps
Lower back pain
Treatment of menstrual cramps
Treatment for this consists of oral contraceptives, diet changes, vitamin supplements, exercise, hot bath, and abdominal massage.
Effective remedies for period pain
Period pains or cramps can be treated by making some lifestyle changes. Here’s everything you want to know about home remedies or lifestyle changes that could bring relief:
Work out: It can help treat menstrual cramps naturally. Exercise can help release happiness hormones like endorphins, which are responsible for blocking pain receptors in the brain. Therefore, the brain does not give a spasm signal when the uterus contracts. Exercise relieves cramps by improving blood flow to the whole body, including the uterus, and helping to open blood vessels. The happiness hormones released during exercise such as endorphins and serotonin can lift your mood and refresh you. This way you can calm yourself down when you are under stress, fight anxiety and feel good. High-intensity exercises like running or jogging may not be recommended for you. However, you can try your hand at yoga and opt for breathing exercises to deal with stress, improve flexibility and strength. Learn yoga poses with the help of a practitioner, says Dr. Siddhartha.
Avoid caffeine and salty foods: While supplements can help relieve period pain, it’s great to avoid certain foods that lead to water retention, gas, and discomfort. Some foods that can trigger period pains and cramps are salty foods, caffeine and alcohol, processed and fatty foods. In addition, you must immediately give up other vices such as smoking.
Soaking in a warm bathtub can give warmth to your pelvic muscles by relaxing them. You can increase the pain relieving effects of a good bath by adding a few drops of essential oils of your choice to your bath water. Try to relax in a warm bath for at least 15 minutes.
Using a hot water bag Being on your stomach can help relax the muscles in your uterus. It is these muscles that cause menstrual cramps. Heat is beneficial to improve blood flow to the abdomen, which will help you overcome pain.