According to Healthline, maintaining a healthy diet and maintaining a regular exercise regimen can go a long way in preventing period pain. Scroll down to find out more.
Many women experience excruciating or throbbing pain in the lower abdomen during menstruation. Menstrual cramps occur when the uterus contracts to shed its lining, causing pain in the stomach, lower back, and lower abdomen. According to WebMD, for some women, the discomfort is just annoying. For others, menstrual cramps can be severe enough to interfere with daily activities for a few days each month. For mild to temporary cramps, some home remedies can help provide relief.
1. Massage with essential oils
The 2018 review of studies found that massage therapy and aromatherapy can help reduce menstrual pain. Some effective essential oils include peppermint, lavender, rose, and fennel. According to Healthline, period massage therapy involves pressing on specific points while the therapist’s hands move around the abdomen, sides, and back.
Consuming jaggery can help regulate irregular periods. It has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties that help regulate menstrual cramps. The International Journal of Chemical Studies states that brown sugar is extremely effective in preventing weakness caused by blood loss during the menstrual cycle.
3. Add herbs to your diet
The herbs contain antioxidants and antispasmodic compounds that reduce muscle contractions and inflammation associated with menstrual pain.
4. Heat application
According to Healthline, applying heat to the abdomen and lower back can relieve pain. A 2018 review of studies found that heat therapy (usually a heat patch or pack) was as effective in treating period pain as NSAIDs. It may also cause fewer side effects.
5. Foods rich in magnesium
According to PubMed Central, when experiencing menstrual pain, including magnesium-rich foods can be extremely beneficial in relieving excruciating pain. Foods rich in magnesium include vegetables, nuts, seeds, dried beans, whole grains, wheat germ, wheat bran, and oats.
(Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.)