Menstrual cramps, also called dysmenorrhea, can put a crimp in your lifestyle and make you miss school, office, or render you unable to participate in sports activities and household activities. Thus, menstrual cramps not only affect your health, but also your lifestyle.
If your period cramps are severe, it is recommended that you see your gynaecologist and seek treatment. You can use these 3 posters from #WhySufferSilently to begin the conversation with your gynaecologist.
Here are some ways that will help your menstrual cramp go away:
- Pop-up an NSAIDs
Menstrual cramps occur because of local release of substances called prostaglandins. NSAIDs (Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), such as MEFTAL-SPAS®, lower prostaglandin production. By decreasing the overall inflammation and pain, NSAIDs help menstrual cramps go away fast.
- Apply a heat pad
Curling up with a heating pad against your stomach helps relax your muscles and thus provides effective relief from period cramps
- Soak in a warm water bath
Sitting in a warm water bathtub will also help your muscles relax and help your period cramps go away.
- Have a gentle massage
A gentle message on your lower back and abdomen is a great way to relieve the tension in your body and reduce menstrual cramps.
- Eat a well balanced diet
Eating the right vitamins and minerals and a low-fat or fat-free diet helps boost your body’s natural defences and combat any painful cramping.
- Do some exercises
Exercising helps release endorphins which in addition to providing a pain-relieving effect, also boost your mood.
Apart from these tips for fast relief from period pain, we recommend the following DOs & DON’Ts for menstrual cramps:
DON’Ts for period pain:
- Don’t consume tobacco or tobacco products
- Avoid alcohol and alcoholic products
- Avoid caffeine – containing products such as tea & coffee
- Don’t resort to self treatment
DOs for period pain:
- Rest when needed
- Massage your lower back and abdomen
- Include exercise in your daily routine
- Seek medication and consult a doctor
Do you have any of the following questions?
- How to prevent menstrual cramps?
- What is the cause of painful menstrual cramps?
- How to treat painful periods?
- What are prostaglandins?
- What is the meaning of dysmenorrhea?
Disclaimer: The contents of this blog have been simplified to enable an elementary understanding of dysmenorrhea (painful periods). This blog does not constitute medical advice.