Period pain can be felt in so many different ways by so many different women, and the intensity can vary from month to month or even day to day. Just to be clear, there’s no normal when it comes to period pain; if you don’t experience period pain at all, that’s totally fine! But if your cramps are particularly bad one month, it can be hard not to feel like something might be wrong with your body.
1) Stimulate Blood Flow
It is important to note that not all of these methods work for everyone, but it’s worth considering them if you’re looking for a more natural way to manage your menstrual cycle.
Essential oils can be used as aromatherapy, or taken internally in the form of capsules or tinctures. There are many different essential oils that can help with periods pain, including peppermint, ginger, clary sage and lavender. Essential oil diffusers are also an effective and easy way of introducing these oils into your environment.
2) Get Creative
Pain relief during your period can come from a variety of sources. You may have already tried some of the following methods, but if you’re still in search for help, give these tips a try:
- Take ibuprofen or naproxen sodium regularly before and during your menstrual cycle. Be sure to drink plenty of water with it though, so you don’t risk experiencing any gastrointestinal side effects.
- Try acupuncture. A 2004 study found that acupuncture reduced menstrual cramps by about half when compared to the placebo group.
- Drink peppermint tea which is high in magnesium and has been shown to provide relief for menstrual cramps in some cases.
3) Treat a Headache
A headache is the most common symptom of migraine, and can be quite debilitating. Fortunately, there are several effective treatments for both types of headaches. If you’re suffering from a migraine, it’s important to get in touch with your doctor for appropriate treatment as soon as possible. If you have a tension headache or another type of headache that is not caused by a migraine, these home remedies may help relieve some or all of your symptoms.
4) Elevate Your Legs
One of the best ways to combat period pain is simply by elevating your legs. This can be done while laying in bed, sitting at your desk, or even while lounging on the couch. Lifting your legs upwards reduces the amount of blood that pools in your pelvis which will help relieve pressure and lessen cramping.
5) Exercise Every Day
Exercise has also been shown to relieve some of the discomfort and other symptoms of menstruation, such as bloating, mood swings, fatigue, and cravings. One study from researchers at the University of British Columbia found that women who exercised during their periods had less severe PMS symptoms than those who did not exercise. The study’s participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire about how they felt during their menstrual cycle. Those who exercised said they had lower rates of irritability, fatigue, depression, and tension headaches than those who didn’t work out.
6) Cuddle A Puppy/Kitten/Dog/Cat/Rabbit
Meditation is an incredible tool for mitigating the painful and emotional effects of PMS. Studies have shown that a regular practice can relieve anxiety, depression and irritability, lessen menstrual cramps and shorten periods. A study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that women who meditated during their cycles experienced less severe symptoms than those who did not.
One study at the University of California Medical School tracked how one group of women’s brains responded to emotional images when they were menstruating versus when they weren’t. When women were on their periods. There was greater activity in areas of the brain related to emotion regulation and social behavior. Indicating that these areas are extra active during menstruation. This suggests that meditation could be a useful coping mechanism for PMS sufferers.
7) Take an Epsom Salt Bath
Meditation can help train your brain to be less reactive and more present. This, in turn, helps you feel more relaxed and reduces stress, which is a major contributor to menstrual cramps. Research also suggests that meditation may improve mood, sleep quality and concentration.
If you’re not sure how to meditate, there are plenty of guided meditation apps out there that make it easy for beginners like me – I recommend Calm or Headspace!
Meditation is one of the many ways you can naturally reduce your discomfort. Research suggests that meditating for 20 minutes a day can improve your mood, lower your stress levels and help you heal faster. Meditation has also been linked with lower levels of inflammation, which can decrease menstrual pain and PMS symptoms. The key is finding an approach that works for you – there’s no one best way to meditate. Some people like guided meditation apps; others find it easier to focus on their breathing or repeat a mantra in their head. Experiment with different types until you find what works best for you!
Periods are an inevitable part of life, but that doesn’t mean they have to be unbearable. For most women, their time of the month comes with debilitating cramps. And heavy bleeding that leaves them bed-ridden and unable to concentrate on work or other daily tasks. Period pain, also known as dysmenorrhea, can vary from woman to woman, and even cycle to cycle in the same person. It’s normal to feel some degree of cramping and discomfort. But if your period pain is interfering with your life and normal activities. There are plenty of things you can try to minimize or reduce the pain quickly and easily. From foods that help menstrual cramps to techniques used by physical therapists (yes, really).