That first trace of crimson on your underwear can be enough to send throbs through your belly, relegate you to a permanent spot on your toilet and thrust you into a week of pain-filled nothingness. Granted, periods are nobody’s favourite activity, but with effective methods, you can minimise the discomfort by turning them into bearable experiences. In this guide, we tell you how.
Side note: If you experience debilitating menstrual pain, it is likely that your symptoms are a manifestation of underlying gynaecological conditions. This article addresses regular menstrual pain in the absence of such conditions.
Menstruation rarely comes unaccompanied, usually heralded by pain, cramping, bloating and discomfort. These are all signs that your body is busy at work flushing out old blood and preparing for a new ovulatory cycle. Here, we delve deeper into the causes and symptoms of menstrual pain.
With these measures, say hello to pain relief.
If you’ve already begun your period and need immediate pain relief, try slipping a heating pad onto your belly and lower back and perform a gentle massage. A warm bath can also serve to relieve pain, soothe your nerves and calm your mind. As far as dietary measures go, it’s a good idea to stay away from salt, caffeine, tobacco and alcohol during your menstrual window.
Regular exercise throughout the month can alleviate period pain, so if you don’t have a fitness routine in place, start now!
Birth control pills can be potent in minimising menstrual pain (these are not recommended if you’re planning to start a family), as can intrauterine devices. Speak to your gynaecologist to discuss the best preventive pain management method for you.
Calcium and magnesium supplements can combine to stimulate muscle relaxation and lessen period pain. Your gynaecologist can guide you about the exact doses you need to take.
Leafy greens like spinach, methi and mint are naturally rich sources of calcium and magnesium and brim with micronutrients. In addition to easing muscle activity, they are also known to cleanse the body and reduce bloating. If you’re waged in a constant war with the monthlies, take matters into your own hands by making a few changes to your lifestyle.
By starting today, you can condition your body to smoothly ride the crimson tide.