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Menstrual Cramps Home Remedy

Menstrual Cramps Home Remedy

Signs and Symptoms of Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual cramps (also known as dysmenorrhea or period cramps) 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 used to get really bad cramps. Then I tried being vegan and after 2 months, I didn't get cramps anymore. The thing is my libido also went away. I read about the paleo diet and a lot of other nutritional research and, since they don't think milk is good, I thought maybe it was just dairy products I should avoid. so I started eating fish and more fats. I started cooking my eggs in some bacon grease someone gave me and the cramps came back big time. I think there is so much we don't understand about medicine and nutrition. Other people have reported having pretty much the exact opposite of what I experienced. So I guess everyone's body is different and you need to cut out non healthy things one at a time to pinpoint what is not good for you.

  2. on said:

    Hello, I had the same thing happen to me. The SEVERE pain that wouldn't go away for hours that started the first time I got my period. I went to the doctor all the time for years, and they said there was nothing wrong. But turns out, they were wrong. You might have cysts. They are extremely painful and hard to catch once they have erupted. To detect them, lay on your back on the floor, and feel below your belly button. If there is a hard bump or swelling that makes you look pregnant laying down, then you should go to the doctor asap and ask for an ultrasound. That's how they found my cysts. Hope I helped. Constant pain anywhere in the body sucks 😩

  3. on said:

    I am 28 and my menstruation days are a nightmare to me. I experience cramps a week or 4 to 5 days before my actual period starts. Now I am trying chamomile tea and Ginger tea and hoping to see better results.

  4. on said:

    I'm in my mid 40s and I still suffer from severe cramping before and during my period. In fact, it's worse now than it was in my childbearing years. I often get a little relief by drinking a cup of nutmeg tea. Make the tea by adding a heaping teaspoon of nutmeg in a cup of hot water with a little sugar or honey for taste. The water should not be so hot that you can't drink it quickly. Drink it as fast as you can. It really helps.

  5. on said:

    I started drinking a cup of chamomile tea daily 2 days ago. I started feeling sick, sweaty and every bone in my body and my stomach aches. I stopped drinking it and the body aches have gone away but I still have very painful stomach which won't stop hurting.

  6. on said:

    I'm 20 and I get my period once every 3 months and have it for 4 days and it's gone. But the cramps are so unbearable that I can not think straight, I hold my stomach and cry my eyes out. Nothing helps. My doctor says not to worry about it, it's caused by my size, but nothing seems to help me with my cramps.

  7. on said:

    For menstrual cramps, find red raspberry leaf tea (the leaf not the fruit) and mix it with licorice root tea and drink 2-3 cups a few days before your period is due. Then continue to drink it throughout the first few days of your worst flow. You can make a whole pot each time and store remainder in fridge to drink cold or re-heated. If you don't like the flavor of licorice then add mint leaves instead. It helps :-)

  8. on said:

    Please help me. I'm married but without children. My period came immediately after having sex with my husband and the pain, I am going through, is just unbearable. I want to know if sex before the period causes severe pain and what can be done for relief?

  9. on said:

    My menstruation delays every month by about 15-20 days. And when it starts I hold my stomach and start crying due to severe pain and cramps in my abdomen during first two to three days. And now from quite some time I get cramps in my lower right abdomen too. Kindly help me.

  10. on said:

    I used to have painful periods to a point of being sick in bed. Occasionally I still have severe ones. But most of the times the worst has been PMS which lasts 10-12 days with some days being severe irritable and bad tempered. But since I started drinking chamomile tea I have only a few days of irritability and cramps and the pain is less.


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