I just heard a collective groan from all women reading this article. Everyone hates period cramps. The only thing worse than having period cramps, is having period cramps and having some girl say “I never get period cramps! hehehe”. Just stop, please. Me and my cramps don’t need to hear about your happy little period. For the ladies that do get period cramps (ie. 80%+ of the female population), there are a few things that you can do to ease your pain. So grab a heat pack, put it on your aching uterus, and read on!
How to Deal with Period Cramps
- Avoid wearing super tight clothing. The pressure on your uterus will only draw attention to the pain and bloating that you are experiencing because of your period cramps. Try wearing a loose-fitting dress or pants with a lot of stretch to keep the area comfortable.
- Placing a hot water bottle on your abdomen is one of my favourite ways to ease the pain. Not only is it like a little uterine hug, but it also helps relax your muscles and ease the contractions that are causing all your pain.
- Do some mild exercise. When you go on a walk, light job, bike ride, etc. you increase blood flow to your muscles (uterus included)! This helps ease the cramping and also helps you eliminate your uterine lining a bit faster. Exercise also helps increase your serotonin levels, which is the body’s natural pain-killer.
- Lay off the alcohol and coffee. I know, this one might be hard. When you are on your period, you are tired and grumpy, and your instinct might be to chug the coffees and then round-up the day with a glass of red wine. However, the caffeine and sugar will make your cramps worse in the long run.
- Eat lots of fibre. Fibre can help rid your body of the excess estrogen that accumulates during your period. Stock up on whole wheat breads, fruits, spinach, and flax-seed.
- Stay hydrated. Chug water, eat watermelon, do whatever it takes to keep your hydration levels high.
- Try acupuncture. An alternative pain relief method, this can be useful as both a pain control method and is also very relaxing.
- If all else fails, just take 2 NSAID pills every 4 hours (or as instructed on the bottle). NSAIDs are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that relieve pain and reduce the blood flow. These include Ibuprofen and Naproxen.
- Going on a hormonal birth control can also help balance your hormones during that time of the month, and lighten your period. Talk to your doctor about going on a birth control that is right for you.
So tell us:
What helps you deal with your period cramps?
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