Unfortunately not everyone can just sit around; the day goes on even when we are having our period! The cravings are annoying and the men in our lives are stressful, but nothing is worse then the agonizing cramps and backaches. Lucky for you, we have a few tips to help you out of that pain.
Eat bananas; they have potassium in them, which can help to reduce cramps that are due to a potassium deficiency. Fruits like apricots, prunes, or raisins can also help, too.
Avoid coffee, even when you are feeling tired and groggy without any caffeine, it can make the cramps worse. Instead try some light exercise such as Yoga or Pilates, or a long shower to wake you up in the morning.
Get your hot water bottle out; lie on the sofa or in bed with your hot water bottle resting on the point of your cramp or ache. It will help the cramps to subside by themselves and make you feel a more comfortable.
Take some painkillers; it’s not recommended to take painkillers too often, but it’s the quickest way to relieve crippling pain if you can’t bear it any longer.
Sleep – and LOTS of it! It’s all you want to do when you are on your period, and it’s good for you. If you try to get plenty of rest, it means that you’re not putting any extra stress or pressure on yourself.
If cramp is a recurring problem or you feel that it gets worse every month, try speaking to your doctor about birth control, although it is used to prevent pregnancy, it can also help with PMS symptoms, too.
Now you know about how to get rid of your cramps, but do you know why you get cramps?
Women get cramps during their periods from the process of the uterus contracting, which is driven by a hormone-like substance called prostaglandins, which is associated with pain and inflammation. These uterine contractions cause most of the pain felt during menstrual cramps because the contractions inhibit blood flow to the lining of the uterus.
But don’t also forget to stay hygienic during that time of the month:
- Make sure you carry extra pads/tampons just in case – you never know when you need them!
- Feminine wipes will be your best friend to stay fresh down there – there’s nothing worse than feeling unclean during that time of the month.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after changing sanitary items.