More than half of women who menstruate report some pain from period cramps for a day or two each month. While menstrual cramps, also called dysmenorrhea, are usually not a sign of a serious health condition, they can put a crimp in your lifestyle.
To help with the pain, here are some safe and effective tactics. If your period cramps seem severe or you don’t get relief despite trying some of these options, check with your doctor to rule out more serious health issues.
Use light compression – many receive relief by using a heating pad, often accompanied by a pillow on top for additional relief.
Drink warm beverages – the stomach will feel more relaxed and comfortable if you choose a nice herbal tea.
Try warmth – in addition to a heating pad, try a warm shower or bath. Even a light blanket will help warm and relax your body. Add some nice aromatherapy to increase relaxation.
Lie down – lying down will often alleviate the pressure on your lower back. Coupled with some light stretching you will find some much needed relief.
Eat right – try to eat more foods with protein and fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, zinc and vitamin B1. It may be tough, but try to minimize sweets and caffeine. Load up on omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and magnesium — these nutrients are thought to reduce inflammation and help relieve cramps.