Menstrual cramps, ugh! There can be nothing more irritating than going through the monthly ordeal of these cramps. We all have been through this. Though the symptoms vary from one woman to another, the pain remains the same. Some of the most common complaints during periods are excessive bleeding, bloating, cramps, and mood swings. No doubt, all these symptoms are extremely annoying, yet unavoidable.
Sometimes, the pain becomes so unbearable that we are unable to leave the bed. But, the fact is, it doesn’t have to be that way always. There are methods by which we can get rid of menstrual cramps instantly. We are not talking about temporary solutions that include popping in a painkiller. There are natural and permanent ways that can help you deal with menstrual pain.
All you need to do is put this ingredient in your navel for sometime, and the cramps will go off in a jiffy. It is a very simple procedure and does not require any special efforts or care.
This is how you can get rid of menstrual pain – take a cotton ball and soak it in 50% alcohol. Now, put it in your navel and gently press your belly button with your hands. This will relax your body and relieve the pain quickly. This can also help you get rid of cough and cold. If you have abdominal pain, add a little bit of salt to the same cotton ball and put it in your navel. Try this method, and we guarantee that you will be amazed by the results.
If you are not comfortable doing this, there are other ways too by which you can get rid of menstrual pain and cramps. Here are a few of them:
1. Include Ginger In Your Diet.
Ginger is considered as one of the most amazing herbs to ease menstrual cramps as it helps in lowering the levels of pain-causing prostaglandins. Apart from this, ginger also helps in fighting fatigue that is associated with PMS. It also helps in making your periods regular.
Here’s how you can use ginger to treat menstrual cramps:
Take a small piece of ginger, grate it finely, and then boil it in a cup of water for 5-10 minutes. Now, strain the water to separate the ginger pieces and add a little bit of honey and a few drops of lemon juice to it. Mix well and drink this at least thrice a day during your periods. It will give you relief to a great extent.
Including ginger in your food also helps a lot. You can also suck on some ginger candies if you want. They are yummy as well!
2. Heat Treatment.
Applying heat on the lower abdominal part is another way to reduce menstrual pain. Doing so helps in relaxing the contracting muscles of the uterus. If you do not have a heating pad, you can use a plastic bottle with hot water in it or even soak a towel in hot water and place it on your abdomen. Repeat this every few minutes and the pain will be gone soon.
To feel more relaxed, you can even take a hot shower.
3. Prepare An Herbal Tea With Fennel.
Fennel has anti-inflammatory properties that help in relaxing the muscles of the uterus and relieving cramps and discomfort. To prepare an herbal tea with fennel, take a teaspoon of fennel seeds and add it to a cup of boiling water. Let it boil for five minutes on low flame. Now, remove it from heat and strain the water. Add a teaspoon of honey to this water and mix well. Your herbal tea is ready to drink. Start drinking this herbal tea three days before the expected date of your menstrual cycle. Drink it twice a day. You can also continue drinking it throughout the month as it is also helpful if you’re on a weight loss diet.
4. Drink Chamomile Tea.
We all are aware of the antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile tea. It helps in relaxing the muscles of the uterus and eases the spasmodic contractions. To prepare chamomile tea, boil a cup of water and dip a tea bag of chamomile tea in it (it is easily available in the market or online). Let it steep for 10 minutes. Take the bag out of the water and add a few drops of lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey to it. Drink this tea twice a day for best results.
5. Include Papaya In Your Diet.
Papaya is considered as a potent anti-inflammatory agent and is very helpful in treating menstrual cramps. Papaya contains nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, and carotene. All these nutrients help in easing muscle contractions and soothing the uterine walls.
6. Consume Flaxseeds.
Eating a tablespoon or two of flaxseeds on a regular basis is very helpful in reducing the intensity of menstrual cramps. Flaxseeds contain essential fatty acids that help in improving uterine function, stabilizing the production of progesterone, and treating other problems related to fertility. To include it in your diet, you can also sprinkle flaxseeds over oats, salad, yogurt or even add it to a smoothie.
Last, but not the least, drink plenty of water and do yoga as well as other cardiovascular exercises to get rid of those menstrual cramps. But, if the pain is uncontrollable, it is suggested to visit your gynec before the situation gets worse.
We hope you found this article useful. If you have any doubts or queries, post your concerns in the comments section below.
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