Easy ways to deal with menstrual cramps. Kemisola Omotehinse. Your Lifestyle Nurse
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Easy Ways To Deal With Menstrual Cramps

It is rare for a woman to exaggerate about menstrual cramps. As in, menstrual cramps are known to be very painful for some women. Luckily for some women, they have their menstrual flow in peace. Even though cramps deal with us mercilessly, there are some easy ways to deal with menstrual cramps. If you want to learn how, please keep reading.

Before we proceed to the relieving measures, let me briefly explain why you have menstrual pain.

Menstrual cramps happen when the muscles of your uterus contract, which typically happens just before or during your flow. Those contractions are triggered by chemicals called prostaglandins. These prostaglandins are usually involved in pain and inflammation.

Easy Ways To Deal With Menstrual Cramps

-1- Take NSAID A Day Before Your Period

Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs like Diclofenac and Ibuprofen can help greatly to keep the pain at bay even before it starts. Try to take a tablet of your preferred NSAID a day or 12 hours before your period commence. Please note it doesn’t work for some women.

-2- Combat It With Heat

Placing a towel that has been soaked in hot water on your lower abdomen, or any other source of heat like a hot water bottle, heating pad, or warm washcloth can help relax your uterine muscle tissue, causing less cramps. To be honest, it is such a great therapeutic way of decreasing cramping.

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-3- Avoid Salty Food

You may crave salty stuff like fries and pickles during your period, but it’s really best to keep them to a minimum. Salty foods can dehydrate you, and when you’re dehydrated, your uterus will cramp more.

-4- Opt For Hormonal Birth Control

You must have probably heard of people going on birth control for cramps, and it is not a myth—it actually works. Hormonal birth control shortens the length, amount, and flow of period bleeding.

Some hormonal birth control methods (like the pill and the ring) work by preventing ovulation, which will keep the uterus from building up a thick uterine lining in the first place.

-5- Bathe With Epsom Salt

Not only will the heat help soothe your cramping, but Epsom salts are often used to help provide pain relief in people with muscle cramps or tension.

Final Note

It is not easy on women when it has to do with menstrual cramps. These easy ways to deal with menstrual cramps will help you a whole lot.

I hope you found this informative and helpful. Drop a comment below.

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Kemisola Omotehinse opens the line of communication among like-minded people to get projects done. She enjoys content writing a whole lot. Kemisola Omotehinse is a Registered Nurse, currently practising in Lagos.


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