How to Relieve Period Pain
Many women and girls suffer from menstrual cramps and luckily there is lots of things you can do to help. A lot of these can be done easily at home or just take a few lifestyle swaps to make a big difference. For how to relieve period pain, we have collated some top tips and we really hope they help!
“It’s getting hot in here!”
Applying heat to the painful area can alleviate menstrual cramps. Hot water bottles are scientifically proven to help period pain as well as relief from cystitis. A warm bath can also help as heat helps increase blood flow which in turn provides relief. If you are out and on the go then a heat patch (which is like a plaster) is a great alternative.
Reducing your fat intake and increasing vegetables in your diet help for a variety of reasons. Firstly, vegetables contain some key vitamins and nutrients to help relieve period pain. Let’s take spinach for an example, containing vitamin E, B6 and magnesium, this vegetable is your period superfood with vitamins that can help ease cramps.
Secondly, prostaglandins are a hormone-like substance that trigger the contractions which help your uterus shed the womb lining. The more prostaglandins you have the more painful your period pain. Prostaglandins contribute to inflammation and a low fat diet can mean less inflammation in your body.
You mocha me crazy!
There is contradictory information out there about caffeine and period pain. Some say that caffeine exacerbates symptoms whilst others say that I can improve blood flow. If you feel like you have tried all options for period relief, maybe try reducing caffeine and see if that works for you. After all, everyone is different.
Herbal teas have a wide range of benefits and luckily, if you don’t like one flavour there is probably another that can help with your stomach cramps. Chamomile tea contains anti-inflammatory properties and part of period pains are caused by an increase in inflammation. Peppermint tea relieves bloating, cramping and stomach discomfort. It is has the added benefit of being caffeine free. For more teas that help period pain, check out Pink Parcel’s Teas to Help with PMS.
“Relax! Take it eeeeeassy!”
Relaxation techniques is one way how to relieve period pain and focusing on your breathing can help you destress. As you have probably heard many times, exercise can help menstrual cramps so opting for yoga or pilates can help you get two birds with one stone.
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Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium and your body needs calcium during your period to reduce cramps and mood swings. Most people can get their required amount of vitamin D from sunshine but if you feel that you’re not getting enough you can try calcium and vitamin D supplements.
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If you find that your period pains are really severe it’s best to speak to your Doctor who can check that there aren’t any underlining causes behind your period pain. They may be able to suggest further options that will help you.