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How to Deal with Menstrual Cramps?

Menstrual cramps are a pain that almost all women dread. For different women the intensity of pain varies. The pain that results due to menstruation is because of contracting uterus and the hormones that are released along with it mainly which is prostaglandin.

Below mentioned are few ways you can tackle your menstrual cramps.

Heat Therapy

Another way of dealing with the pain is to use heat therapy. How this works is by relaxing the muscles of the uterus, which in turn increases the blood flow and reduces the pain. In a study conducted in 2012 it was found that women who had menstrual cramps and used a hot pack of temperature 104 degrees the pain relief was as effective as ibuprofen. This was in women who has regular menstruation and of the age between 18- 30 years old.

You can use a hot bottle or a heating pad, if you don’t have a heating pad you can make your own.

Take two pieces of cloth and sew them on all sides except the top. Leave the top open to fill with uncooked rice inside and afterwards close the opening at the top. When you want a hot pack all you have to do is put this pack in the microwave and heat it up to the temperature you prefer. Leave it to cool if it’s too hot and place it on the lower part of your abdomen.

In some cases, even cool packs work this is especially in the case of pain due to blood build up in the pelvis. Applying cool pack will draw this blood away to the extremities. Try both the method to find out which works the best for you.

Over the Counter Medications

Painkillers can be used to help with menstrual cramps and can be obtained from a Bondi Pharmacy. Common painkillers that are used are NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen and naproxen. These help with the pain by inhibiting the production of prostaglandin the main mediator of pain.

Massaging with Essential Oils

In some studies, it was found that massaging with essential oils for 20 minutes reduced menstrual pain. This therapy involves pressing certain points in the abdomen while moving the hand around the abdomen, side and back.

To apply essential oil safely it is advised to dilute the essential oil with carrier oil, for example with vegetable or nut oils.

Exercise

Many women dread exercise during their period under the impression that it would only worsen the pain. But in many studies, it has been shown that exercising during periods actually help relieve the pain. This is because during exercise the body releases hormones called endorphins and endorphins are the body’s inherent pain killer. It binds to the pain receptors in the brain and blocks the pain pathway which eases the pain. Exercise can be in any form; this can be a brisk walk or some low impact activity. High impact activity can be quite hard so you can stay away from it.

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