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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:

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

  2. 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?

  3. 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!

  4. on said:

    My pain is so unbearable, I don't know if I can go through another month of pain. Not only is my back in so much pain and it hurts to move but also I have cramps in my stomach and pelvis right down through my legs to my knees. I get dizzy and feel sick and suffer from headaches constantly even when I am not on my menstrual cycle. I am at the point of asking for a hysterectomy because I can't do this anymore. I've even started to get depressed and dread when I know periods will be starting in a day or two. Now even my kids notice a change in me when its time. Can someone please help or give some advice. I have a very active job and I exercise regularly and take a complete vitamin capsule but maybe I should try something else. Any advice would be great. Thanks!

  5. on said:

    Hi, I am 16 years old and I have really bad cramps. I don't know what to do, please help me!!

  6. on said:

    I am a professional dancer - I exercise regularly and eat pretty healthy. I experience extreme abdominal and back pain during the first 2 days of my cycle and this has been consistent for the past 7 or 8 years. I have tried pain killers and natural supplements and nothing has worked for me so far. Any other suggestions?

  7. on said:

    Hey, I'm 13 years old and have REALLY bad cramps. Almost to the point of death. I'm going to try Chamomile tea. Tell me if it works!!!

  8. on said:

    I had severe menstrual pains too when I was in high school. I went for a thorough scan of my body and it appeared that I had low zinc levels which caused menstrual pains. Then my dad introduced me to "trevo". It's a natural medicine made with various types of fruits and supplies your body with all proportionate nutrients and minerals. After I finished a bottle, I felt better!

  9. on said:

    Will try these remedies! It terribly pains me and all the symptoms stated above happens to me. I will try Chamomile tea this time. Hope it helps !

  10. on said:

    I'm 20 and always suffered bad with severe pains. The only thing that worked for me was a painkiller called ponstan... take it 3 days before your period comes once a day, and 2 times a day while you're on your period. It really does work!


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