Menstrual Cramp Relief
Many women look for
menstrual cramp relief and here are some great tips to
help you relieve the symptoms of menstrual cramps.
Did you know that menstrual cramps is the
single greatest cause of lost school and working hours
Also known as dysmenorrhea, menstrual cramps are the
cause of an estimated 140 million hours of lost school
and work. However, you do not have to live in pain.
Below are some helpful tips that can help women during
this particularly painful time of the month.
1. Try to eat smaller, more frequent meals. A lot of
food causes blood sugar to rise and fluctuate. instead
of eating three large meals, eat five or six small meals
a day, each about two and a half hours apart.
2. Exercise. Exercise can help alleviate menstrual
cramps by raising the level of beta-endorphins, which
are chemicals in the brain associated with pain relief.
Studies have shown that beta endorphins have a positive
effect on mood and behavior.
3. Try an over the counter Ibuprofen. Advil, Nuprin, and
Motrin IB all contain Ibuprofen, which is one of the
best pain relievers around. 200 milligrams every four to
six hours is the recommended dosage, or twice that if
4. Oral contraceptive pills: Have been found to decrease
the amount of menstrual tissue formed and lower the pain
level (amplitude) of the uterine contractions.
5. Mefenamic acid: Also found over the counter,
effectively relieves severe menstrual pain while also
reducing heavy menstrual bleeding, easing menstrual
migraine, and easing the physical and emotional symptoms
of premenstrual syndrome.
6. Reduce salt intake: To prevent water retention that
causes bloating. Also, avoid liquor and other alcoholic
beverages to reduce headaches.
7. Learn to relax. Rest, sleep and relaxation exercises
can help reduce the pain and discomfort of menstrual
cramps. A relaxing massage or bath with oil made with
chamomile, lavender, marjoram, ginger and/or clary sage.
They are aromatic and can aid in relaxation.
Never surrender to pain. There are steps you can take to
help alleviate the pain and discomfort. So, the next
time you experience any painful menstruation symptoms,
be sure to try these tips.
About The Author: Van Whitsett has written on a number
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