There is a particular period of the month that some ladies hate so much and that is the menstrual period. Some women experience mild to severe pain during menstrual period, though we have the lucky ones that don’t experience the slightest pain.
According to Medical News Today, Menstrual Cramps are painful sensations that affect many women before and during a menstrual period. Menstrual cramps is also known as dysmenorrhea. The pain is experienced at the lower abdomen and lower back.
Menstruation occurs when there is no sperm to fertilize egg, the uterus then contracts as a result and there is expulsion of the uterine lining. Menstrual cramps happen when the uterus or womb contract strongly and press against the blood vessels around it, this leads to oxygen supply cut off resulting in pain.
There are two types of dysmenorrhea:
- Primary Dysmenorrhea: This type occurs without an underlying condition but only as a result of menstrual cycle.
- Secondary Dysmenorrhea: This is a as a result of underlying conditions such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids and pelvic inflammatory disease.
Other symptoms associated with menstrual cramps are nausea, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness etc.
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The risk factors for menstrual cramps include:
- No child birth history
- Family history of dysmenorrhea
- Menorrhagia(Heavy bleeding during menstruation)
- Metrorrhagia (Irregular menstrual bleeding)
- Menstruating before or by age 11.
There are over the counter medications that can help relieve menstrual cramps but their effect over time can be harmful but there are natural and home remedies that work as effective as the painkillers.
- Hot Compress: This is one of the most common home remedy for cramps. You can either use a heat pad, hot water bottle, or dip a towel or wash cloth in hot water,wring out the excess water and place on your lower abdomen. You can also dip the towel in cold water, squeeze out excess water and warm up with a microwave oven. Do this until you feel relieved ensuring you don’t burn your skin.
- Ginger: Ginger because of its antispasmodic and antiinflammatory properties is greatly effective in the management of dysmenorrhea. Grate ginger into bits, add some water to it and bring to boil, drink when ready. Alternatively, munch on ginger if you can tolerate it or add ginger powder or slices to your food. Do this 3 times daily for best result.
- Basil leaf: Basil leaf contains cafeic acid which has pain relieving properties. Wash some leaves of basil and chew or steep the leaves in hot water for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Warm or hot fluids: When you are experiencing menstrual cramps, it is very important to keep hydrated, your best bet is warm or hot water or tea. Steer clear of sugary beverages or drinks.
- Massage: Massaging the affected with especially with essential oils can increase blood flow around the uterus thereby relieving pain.
- Diet: Your diet can also worsen menstrual cramps. Stay away from fatty and sugary foods. Opt for healthier options like vegetables and fruits instead.
- Exercise: Exercise increase blood circulation to all parts of the body. Ladies who exercise regularly experience less pain during menstrual period. Try to exercise routinely about 2 to 3 times a week.
- Sleep and Rest: This may also help relieve pain. It may sound impossible to sleep when experiencing cramps but when you finally do, you will notice some relief.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon is also great for pain relief. Steep cinnamon stick in hot water and drink to ease pain.
- Chamomile tea: Chamomile has a calming effect, it can calm the contracting uterine muscle and also promote sleep.
- Parsley leaf: This also has analgesic properties. Brew some leaves of parsley in hot water and drink for pain reduction.
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