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Menstrual Cramps Home Remedy

Signs and Symptoms of Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual Cramps Home Remedy

Menstrual cramps (also known as dysmenorrhea) are pains that occur in the abdominal and pelvic areas as a result of a woman's menstrual period. The pain can vary significantly from woman to woman, with some cramps being relatively mild to others which are extremely severe.

Mild menstrual cramps are often barely noticeable, and usually only last for a few hours. In such instances, the main symptom is usually just a sense of bloating or heaviness in the stomach area. Severe menstrual cramps, however, usually result in significant throbbing pain in the lower abdominal area (and occasionally the lower back) which can interfere with a woman's everday activities. In these cases, cramping can usually last for one or two days.

Other symptoms that sometimes accompany menstrual cramps include nausea and vomiting, sweating, dizziness, and loose stools.

Causes of Menstrual Cramps

During menstruation the body releases a hormone called prostaglandins, which causes the uterus to contract in order to help the uterus shed its lining. Researchers believe that this hormone is one of the main causes of menstrual cramps.

For reasons that are still unknown, younger women tend to experience more severe cramps than older women. Additionally, severe cramping tends to decrease in intensity with age, and often disappear after pregnancy.

Other factors that are known to lead to menstrual cramps include stress, depression, anxiety, and smoking. Therefore, reducing or eliminating these risk factors may help to reduce the severity of cramping during menstruation.

Home Remedies and Natural Treatments for Menstrual Cramps

Heating Pads

Many women have found that a heating pad placed on your lower back or abdomen helps to ease the pain and discomfort of menstrual cramps. If you don't have a heating pad, one can be easily made by filling a sock with flaxseeds or uncooked rice and heating it in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.

Chamomile

Chamomile is widely used to treat gynecologic complaints such as menstrual cramps and discomfort related to premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Add 2 teaspoons of dried Chamomile flowers to a cup of boiling water and let it steep for at least 5 minutes. If you are using a package of Chamomile tea bags, then follow the directions as stated on the box. Honey or sugar can be added for taste. A good preventive measure is to start drinking Chamomile tea a couple of days before you are expecting your period, and then drink at least 2 cups everyday during your period. It also feels great if you use your hot mug as a hot compress for your lower abdomen while you are drinking it.

Vitamins and Minerals

Foods and supplements that are rich in B-vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and zinc have been found to reduce the pain, bloating and other symptoms of menstrual cramps.

In particular, calcium is known to help maintain muscle tone as well as prevent cramps and pain. For most women, a daily intake of 800 mg of calcium is recommended, which can be found in 3 cups of milk. Increasing magnesium is also recommended, since it helps the body absorb calcium. Good sources of magnesium include beans, whole wheat, tofu, salmon, shrimp, nuts, and vegetables.

Regular Exercise

Exercise is considered to be a natural way to reduce muscle tension and elevate one's mood. Therefore, maintaining a regular exercise program, including something as simple as walking for 20 minutes each day, can help reduce the severity of menstrual cramps.

Ginger Root Tea

Ginger root has been found to help relieve the pain associated with menstrual cramps. Therefore, a simple soothing herbal tea can made from Ginger as follows:

  • Slice a handful of ginger root
  • Let the pieces simmer in boiling water for 15 minutes
  • Using a strainer, pour the tea into a drinking cup or mug
  • Add some honey as a natural sweetener if desired
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  1. on said:

    For menstrual cramps, the only thing that worked for me was Magnesium Oil Spray. When the pain would begin I sprayed on my abdomen & lower back and within 10mins the pain subsided. Kept re-applying when I felt the pain building up again. Please try it, it's natural & you can't overdose on it! I no longer faint vomit etc & can even get through a day of work with it now (I sneak out to the toilets & top up spray my belly!).

  2. on said:

    Hi, I am 16 years old and I experience horrible pain and cramps that I cannot stand and we are very poor at home so that means I cannot afford to pay remedies for my unbearable pain. The pain hurts to a limit whereby I cry. CAN YOU HELP, please?

  3. on said:

    @Maria, drinking chamomile tea and oregano leaves tea twice daily during the period along with a heat pad helps me. Also, eating one multivitamin tablet daily and exercise helps. I've noticed that now after starting a regular workout routine, I don't feel severe cramps. I hope it helps!

  4. on said:

    Advise me on the most effective remedy for menstrual cramps please. I can't work without pain killers. I prefer herbal medicine. Thanks!

  5. on said:

    For some women natural reusable cloth menstural pads help too.

  6. on said:

    I am in Marine Corps and stay very active. I am actually hunched over my desk right now at work because today is cycle day 1. I have noticed staying away from sodium helps with bloating. NO CAFFEINE when you know your period is getting anywhere remotely close. Drink plenty of water, use heating pad, and don't let the cramps win. I want to lay in the bed but I can't. I get headaches, fever, and I vomit but I suck it up. I am only 20 and I have been this way since my first period. Some people say pickle juice helps because vinegar thins your blood and blood clots cause cramps. Be careful with red meats and dairy, don't eat too much. Regulate your diet, and if everything else fails and you don't want children take birth control pills.

  7. on said:

    I have always wondered why my menstrual cycle lasted so long as well as why I cramped so bad? It didn't seem right and it wasn't. I started to eat differently - no meat, no cheese and no animal products at all. My body changed immediately I went from 7 full days of period to 3 days. Women, we are not supposed to have blood clots, cramps or go through PMS at all. Change the way you eat and your body will change as well. Ginger tea, light yoga and a heating pad help me when I feel drained during my cycle. I take no medicines! God bless!

  8. on said:

    I experience bad cramps and have tried pretty much everything to no avail. Please help!

  9. on said:

    Good day! I am 24 and for a long time now I have been at the mercy of my periods, they are horrible. When people see me in that state they normally take me straight to hospital. I vomit (smell or certain foods trigger it), sometimes I vomit when I eat eggs, sometimes it's the only thing I can eat. And sometime I can only live on just 2 or 3 slices of bread during my period. I have vomited in my father's car 4 times. My back is so sore at times that I have to crawl out of bed, or just lay there since if I get out to a cooler temperature, the cramps get CRAZY and now if I drink milk even 2-3 days before my period starts or whilst I am on my period, the cramps get so bad that I have to get a pain injection.
    Please help, I have lost 2 jobs because of this. And now I really do not know what to do?

  10. on said:

    @ Danita and Lebo, try drinking Chamomile tea and Oregano tea a few days before your period starts and continue drinking it through your period. You can easily find Chamomile teabags at herbal food stores and follow the directions on the package to make the tea. To make Oregano tea, boil fresh leaves from one or two stems of fresh oregano plant or half teaspoon of dried oregano leaves for about 5 minutes. Add honey for taste or drink it as is if you are okay with the taste. I like to drink Oregano tea during the day and chamomile tea before going to bed. It has helped me with menstrual cramps a lot. I hope it helps you guys too!


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