Ladies, we all go through that time of the month where everything just goes south. You’re moody, hungry and aching all over. And to top it all off, you’re hit with painful and uncomfortable waves of cramps that just don’t go away.
There are many remedies that can help alleviate menstrual pain. Here are our top 5 remedies to relieve period cramps to help you get through these few days.
1. Soothe your Period pains with heat therapies
Applying heat to your abdomen or back can make you feel more relaxed and may soothe your pain during your period. Studies have suggested that it helps to relax your uterine walls and blood vessels in that area, thereby improving the flow of blood to the uterus.
You can look up clinically-proven, effective heat therapy patches that relieve menstrual cramps on our in-app wellness Marketplace. Delivery is straight to your doorstep so you don’t even need to leave home for it! Alternatively, you can try to make your own homemade heat therapies at home, such as using a hot towel or a hot water bottle.
2. Go for a gentle and calming massage
Going for a massage is another way that can help to relieve your pain. In addition to soothing your menstrual cramps, a massage can also help with any aches over your body as well.
For the more budget-conscious ladies, instead of heading out to a massage parlour, ask your partner, family member or friend to help!
3. Do regular aerobic exercise
Exercise releases endorphins, which are a feel good chemical in your brain. Endorphins help with pain relief by blocking pain receptors as well as improving your mood.
The most effective kind of exercise for relieving pain is aerobic exercise, which raises your heart rate. Try going for a short walk or even a run (if you feel up to it), especially on days when you’re period feels lighter. A short jog with a great view can do wonders for your mood as well.
4. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic drinks
Drinking caffeinated and alcoholic drinks during your period can make your period pains much worse. Try cutting out coffee, tea, alcohol and any other foods or drinks that contain caffeine, and see if this helps with lessening the pain.
If you love your tea, opt for herbal teas instead, which contain less caffeine. Additionally, stay away from foods that contain a lot of salt, as they can cause bloating and water retention, which can worsen your pain.
5. Don’t be afraid to consult a doctor
Period cramps are real pains and you shouldn’t be embarrassed to consult a doctor if they are getting too unbearable or disrupting your lifestyle. There are many medications that can help you relieve your period cramps and menstrual pains quickly and effectively.
While it’s normal to feel some discomfort during our periods, painful periods shouldn’t be the norm. Instead of keeping quiet and trying to power through it, reach out for medical assistance instead. You’ll find that getting help and treating your pain is so much better than suffering in silence!
Speak to a doctor anytime on the Doctor Anywhere app. Our doctors can help you to manage your period pains so that you feel much better during that time of the month.