Women experience menstrual cramps during there period or before they started, but most people don’t know what to do or how to treat it even how to avoid it.
Today we are going to share you some ways on how you can overcome it.
What Is Menstrual Cramps?
Cramping in the lower abdomen, usually in the first or second day of the menstrual cycle, that is caused by contractions of the uterus as it expels its unneeded contents and by the passage of clotted blood through the cervix.
Or aching cramps you get in your lower belly just before and during your period. They’re some of the most common, annoying parts of your period. They can strike right before or during that time of the month.
What Are The Causes Of It?
Menstrual cramps can have causes that aren’t due to underlying disease. Examples include normal periods, heavy periods, wind or constipation.
Menstrual cramps can be “primary” or “secondary”. Primary dysmenorrhea (the clinical word for painful periods) is pain caused by the period itself. Secondary dysmenorrhea is period pain with another root cause, such as a health condition like endometriosis
It can be caused by an excess of prostaglandins—hormone-like compounds that are released from the uterine lining (the endometrium) as it prepares to be shed. Prostaglandins help the uterus contract and relax, so that the endometrium can detach and flow out of your body.
They are a necessary part of the process, but in excess, they cause pain if the uterus contracts strongly, blood flow is reduced, and the supply of oxygen to the uterus muscle tissue decreases, causing pain.
- Aching pain in your belly (sometimes severe)
- A feeling of pressure in your belly
- Pain in your hips, lower back, and inner thighs
For Severe Pain
- Upset stomach
- Loose stools
This are the common pains women pass through.
How To Relieve It
Drink More Water: Drinking more water like 6 to 8 glasses per day can be a great way to ease your menstrual pains.
Diet Is The Key: Avoid eating junks because this can be party of the problem, like doughnuts and potato chips.
Anti-inflammatory foods like cherries, blueberries, squash, tomatoes, and bell peppers are good choices.
Limit Prostaglandin Production
Increase Uterine Blood Flow
Treat An Underlying Condition, like Endometriosis
Taking pain medication such as ibuprofen or paracetamol may help to relieve menstrual cramps and pain. Using a heating pad may also help.
Note: If the pain is too much kindly see your doctor for proper treatment and avoid self medication.