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Top 10 effective natural Remedies to cure menstrual cramps

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Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MS, MBBS on 28 May 2019 - Written by Dr. Jyoti Mishra - MD, Advanced Infertility, MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MS, MBBS

Effective home remedies for menstrual cramps are consumption of milk, raspberry flavoured green tea, carrots, aloe vera juice and honey. Avoid caffeine and red meat for better results. Destressing yourself will also help to reduce period pain and have a healthy menstrual cycle.

Having your periods can be one of the most physically and emotionally exhausting times of the month. With all the pain, discomfort and cramping, all you really want to do is lie down, relax and let the pain just vanished. While there are a number of painkillers you can have to help get rid of the pain, it might not always be the best thing to do for your body. If you don't want to rely on painkillers to help get rid of the pain.

Why do periods hurt so much:

Menstrual cramps are caused due to the shedding of the inner lining of the uterine wall. This shedding is assisted by a host of hormones, the master being ‘prostaglandins’. Where there is pain there are prostaglandins! This hormone is also prominent during delivery. It is responsible for pushing the lining of the uterus out. Apart from all the hormonal action, the poor uterus is devoid of blood, therefore the muscle spasms. In severe cases, this condition is called Dysmenorrhea. (1)

Now that we know why we suffer from menstrual cramps, here are some tips to help relieve the discomfort:

Keep up the exercise:

It is important that you continue with gentle exercise during your periods. It helps by releasing beta-endorphins, which are internal Opioids — your own ‘human morphine’. It is natural to feel bloated before your periods, if you reduce your salt intake a few days before your periods it will help your kidneys flush out excess water. (2)

Dress for comfort:

Avoid tight clothes, especially at the waist. They only hurt the stomach and further compressing it causes discomfort. Leave that belly alone.

Try some home remedies:

1- A great pain reliever is a wild yam (Ratalu), its antispasmodic qualities help make the pain that much more bearable. (3)

2- Raspberry leaf or jasmine flavored green tea work wonders in calming the body and mind. (4)

3- Include a glass of milk in your breakfast. Calcium is a good cure for cramps. If you are not such a ‘milk’ person or are lactose intolerant about 600 mg (2-4 tablets) of calcium chewable should do the trick.

4- Have generous helpings of papaya during and before your periods. Papaya contains ‘papain’ an enzyme that helps to regulate and helps to ease the flow during menstruation. (5)

5- Carrots are not only good for your eyes; they also assist in regulating menstruation. A tall glass of carrot juice can go a long way in making you feel much better. (6)

6- Aloe vera juice with honey is also well known to ease the flow and reducing the pain. (7)

7- Avoid red meat and caffeine. They have properties that exacerbate the pain.

8- Have a hot shower. Concentrate the flow of water on your back and abdomen. A hot water bag also helps to relieve discomfort.

9- Applying lavender oil around your stomach is known to help to relieve cramps in just 10 to 15 mins. (8)

10- Just remember to be kind to yourself –  relax, read a book, listen to some soft music or chat up with friends. If you feel happy and rejuvenated, your mind will help you fight physical pain.

However, if you are suffering from the type of pain you have never experienced before, do monitor it closely. You may want to see a doctor to rule out any cause such as Endometriosis, Fibroids, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS/PCOD), Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Premenstrual Syndrome.

Written by

Dr. Jyoti Mishra

MD, Advanced Infertility, MBBS, Diploma
Laparoscopic Surgeon, Gynecologist
Noida
Dr. Jyoti Mishra is a renowned gynecologist and obstetrician in Noida. She has a vast experience in the field of obstetrics and gynecology as well as infertility treatments. She completed her MBBS and MD from Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal in the year 1993 and 1996 respectively. Then, she went on to complete Diploma in Gynae Endoscopy from the University of Kiel, Germany in 2000. She has also pursued her education in Advanced Fertility from CIMAR, Kerala in 2011. She is a proud member of Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies in India (FOGSI), AOGD, IFS, IMA, IDA, Indian Association of Gynecological Endoscopist (IAGE) as well as Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction (ISAR). Her areas of expertise include In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), Caesarean section as well as Normal vaginal delivery. She is presently practicing at Blossom Clinic in Noida. The contact information of Dr. Jyoti Mishra is accessible at elawoman.com
 

SOURCES AND REFERENCES:

  1. ^ Why Do Periods Hurt - Jean Hailes Jeanhailes.org.au, 28 May 2019
  2. ^ Exercise on Your Period - Healthline Healthline.com, 28 May 2019
  3. ^ Wild Yam - Herbal Remedy for Menstrual Pain - Clinical Advisor Clinicaladvisor.com, 28 May 2019
  4. ^ Raspberry Leaf Tea to Relieve Menstrual Pain - Hormones Matter Hormonesmatter.com, 28 May 2019
  5. ^ Papaya Fruit on Period - Menstrual Cycle Calculator Menstrual-cycle-calculator.com, 28 May 2019
  6. ^ Carrots Help to Treat Period Pain - Boldsky Boldsky.com, 28 May 2019
  7. ^ Aloe Vera to Fight Menstruation Cramps - Atlantia Aloe Atlantialoe.com, 28 May 2019
  8. ^ Lavender Oil Eases Menstrual Pain - Green Med Info Greenmedinfo.com, 28 May 2019
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5 Comments

sakshi

nice blogs

June 14, 2018, 11:14 a.m. 5.0

Fatima Ali

Having a hot water shower and light massage has helped me a lot in combating menstrual cramps.

Feb. 26, 2018, 11:22 a.m. 4.5

Nicky

What if it has always been so severe that you could barely walk?

Dec. 11, 2017, 12:13 p.m. 5.0

Sanjoli Jain

Wear loose fitted and airy clothes during your periods. It will help you with the cramps and will even let you free from catching any bacterial infection too.

Oct. 31, 2017, 4:49 p.m. 4.5

Shrabani Saha

Be very careful with you menstrual cramps girls. If it's very severe and you cannot bear the pain, do consult your doctor. It can be PCOS or fibroids that is hurting you so much.

Oct. 31, 2017, 4:47 p.m. 4.5

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