Painful Periods: It is common for most girls to have mild pain during their periods every month for 2-3 days. However, if the pain is not normal as you feel every month during your periods, and miss your college or school because of menstrual pain than the condition is known as “Dysmenorrhea”. It’s a medical term which describes that you have painful periods. There are two types of dysmenorrhea i.e.
- Primary dysmenorrhea
- Secondary dysmenorrhea
Primary dysmenorrhea: It is most common almost in all girls, who have periods every month. Cramping, pain in lower abdomen, can start before the 2-3 day from your periods and it lasts for 2-4 days until your periods have ended.
Secondary dysmenorrhea: It happens when cramps, abdominal pain and other menstrual symptoms are the results of a medical condition such as endometriosis. It is the condition in which the tissues lined the uterus known as endometrium, starts growing outside the uterus. This disorder mainly affects the pelvic area which includes fallopian tubes, ovaries, pelvic lining.
Symptoms of Painful Periods:
- Lower abdominal pain
- Heavy bleeding
- Pain in hips
- Lower back pain
- A headache
- Loose bowel
- Belly Bloating
Causes of Painful Periods:
- An excessive level of prostaglandin, which causes uterus contraction.
- Being overweight
- The family history of dysmenorrhea
- Sexually transmitted infection
- Pelvic inflammatory disease.
- Ovarian cyst
- Intrauterine devices used for birth control
- Narrow cervix
- Infection in the reproductive system
Avoidable Food items:
You will be surprised that, by doing some changes in your diet and what you eat can actually affect how you feel in your periods. By getting proper nutrition and healthy diet, especially in these 5 days can help to ease the painful periods and also counters the symptoms such as cramping, lower back pain, and abdominal discomfort. The healthy food choices will help you to get painless periods. We have here mentioned some food items which are really avoidable before and during your periods. These are:
- Processed food
- Dairy products
- Fried food
- Refined grains
- Caffeinated drinks
Some doctors may prescribe medicines during heavy menstruation pain but some women want to address the excessive contraction and constriction through natural ways. The reason behind it, that the medicines which are recommended by the doctors during painful periods do have some side effects. No doubt that they reduce the pain and cramps to some extent but also gives some reproductive abnormalities. Before any treatment, whether it is natural or allopathic, you should consult your doctor and find out the exact cause of the problem.
However, for mild cases, you can try some natural home remedies which we are mentioning below.
1. Ginger Tea
It’s a warm, carminative, potent herb which has many natural medicinal properties. Gingerol is the main substance in the ginger which acts as a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent. Along with such amazing properties, it reduces the abdominal pain, cramps, and heavy menstrual bleeding. Ginger is also good for stomach related problems such as indigestion, gas, constipation, and diarrhea.
- Add one tablespoon of grated ginger to one cup of water. Boil this solution for 5-10 minutes.
- Strain, cool down and add few drops of honey to it.
- Drink this ginger tea twice daily.
Fenugreek can reduce inflammation, pain, cramping, and stomach discomfort during menstruation. It does so with powerful natural compounds such as flavonoids, alkaloids, saponins, tannins, sterols, and Coumarins. All these are helpful in reducing the menstrual pain.
- You can eat one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds powder with one glass of warm water.
- Do this 1-2 time a day.
Cinnamon is effective during menstrual symptoms like pain, heavy bleeding, nausea, and vomiting. It can be regarded as a safe and effective remedy for the treatment of these symptoms. The cramping and painful periods are generally associated with increased production of prostaglandin through the uterine lining. Cinnamon also helps to reduce its production and slow down the uterine contraction of muscles.
- Take one tablespoon of cinnamon powder and steep it for 5-10 minutes in hot water.
- After 10 minutes add few drops of honey to it and drink it twice daily.
4. Cumin Seeds
The herbal tea of cumin seeds reduce the menstruation pain and has provided a relaxing effect. Cumin seeds have anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties which are useful for getting rid of menstrual cramps and pain.
- Add one tablespoon of cumin (jeera) powder in one cup of boiling water.
- Steep for 5-10 minutes and then drink it.
- Do this two- three time a day until you get relief.
5. Chamomile Tea
According to many studies, it has been noticed that chamomile tea act as the best pain-relieving agent. It helps to reduce the uterus contraction and decrease the production of prostaglandin, which is the main factor for menstrual pain. It has also anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties.
- Add a 2-3 tablespoon of dried chamomile flower to a cup of hot water.
- Let it steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain and add one tablespoon of honey to it.
- Drink this herbal tea twice daily.
Exercise: This may seem crazy for you that when you can’t even wish to move and dying in pain, we are recommending you to do exercises. But believe me exercising increases the circulation to the pelvic region and also increase the release of endorphins, which offsets the prostaglandin. You can do some yoga asanas such as Pranayama, and Shavasana. Theses asanas not only helps to reduce the pain but also helps the body to relax. You can go for a walk, do some light cardio exercise, and other low-intensity exercises on the amount you do.
All these natural ways which are mentioned above, really show some amazing results during painful periods.
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