Dealing with Period Pain

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Unless you are in a tampon commercial, you don’t feel so good when you are on your period. The world seems a little darker and you hate everything around you. For some, it is just a minor inconvenience, while for other women it can be the bane of their existence. Menstruation not only brings with it the awful symptoms of bloating, fatigue, anger, frustration, irritation, mood swings and aches, but it also causes cramps. Each month, thousands of women are plagued by the excruciating pain in their lower abdomen, which makes them feel like they are going to die. The medical name for this is dysmenorrhoea.

Each month, the uterus starts shedding its blood lining and women can feel slight to severe pain in their lower abdomen or pelvic area. This throbbing pain or cramping can be sometimes so painful, that it can interrupt your daily activities and routine. Feeling over the edge and bitter over cramps is normal for women on their periods. Most women deal with blood like it’s an NBD, the real reason they dread periods is the cramps and the involuntary muscular spasms that can make you double up in pain.

Here are some expert tips from medical professionals that can help you deal with cramps in a better way and may even help you decrease the severity of the pain.

Get Warm

When you sense an oncoming slaughter of cramps, curl up in the nearest blanket. Wearing warm clothes is also a good choice. Another remedy for immediate relief is placing a warm water bottle on your lower abdomen until the pain subsides. The cramping muscles will ease and relax. However, if you are not at home and are unable to lie down, introduce warmth to your body, by drinking herbal tea. Use the hot cup to warm the outside of your belly, over your clothes. It may not be as effective as a hot water bottle, but it will still numb the pain slightly. Another great invention is heat pads, which you can buy from any pharmacy or your nearest drugstores. They can be stuck to the abdominal area, whenever you feel pain or cramps, and they are a great option when you are traveling or are at work.

Massage Yourself

Whenever you have periods, you may have trouble sleeping. Mindlessly watching TV, to distract yourself, is not going to do dissuade the muscle spasms. If you don’t have any other means of relieving the pain, massage the lower abdominal or pelvic area. Warm some olive oil or coconut oil and massage the area. This will not only eliminate the pain and distract you from it but can also make your skin warm, thus easing the cramped muscles.

Don’t Stress

Most women think that staying unhappy on their periods is completely normal. However, stress and irritability can make your cramps much worse. If you are worried about the workload or the unpaid bills, take a breather and distance yourself from issues that are stressing you out. Stress can be a dominant determinant for cramps and menstrual discomfort. Nurture your mental health and your physical health will greatly improve. Whenever you are on your period, take out time from your schedule, to do something that makes you truly happy. The feelings of happiness will release hormones called endorphins in your brain that will distract you from the cramps.

Try Hormonal Contraception

Some women have irregular or heavy periods. If that is the case, using Combined Hormonal Contraception or CHCs can be quite beneficial. CHCs come in the form of pills, patches or a ring that will make your period less frequent and normal, as opposed to heavy bleeding and irregular periods. However, before adapting CHCs, consult with a doctor.

Try a Painkiller

Like other aches and pains, menstrual cramps can also be reduced with the help of over-the-counter painkillers like NSAID, or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like naproxen or ibuprofen. Many women use paracetamol or Co-codamol (paracetamol and codeine combined). During periods, the uterus contracts and releases hormones called prostaglandins that cause inflammation and pain. All the medications, mentioned above, can help counteract the enhanced prostaglandin activity. However, take the medication according to the doctor’s instructions or the instructions on the patient information leaflet.