More than half of women who menstruate report some form of pain from period cramps for a day or two each month. While cramps are usually not a sign of any serious health conditions, they can seriously put a damper on your day to day life. To help with the pain I’ve composed a list of some tricks, and tips that help with my cramps.
1. Improve your diet to alleviate your cramps
Reducing fat and increasing your vegetable intake in your diet may help ease monthly cramps. A low fat diet helps decrease overall levels of inflammation in the body
2. Turn to tea to calm cramps
Some herbal teas like mint or lavender help relieve menstrual pain. I for one try to drink peppermint tea a week or so before my period even starts to help with the cramps.
3. Massage with essential oils for pain relief
Using certain aromatic essential oils and massaging can help relieve menstrual cramp pain. Applying diluted peppermint oil to your lower abdomen, and massaging whenever you get cramps helps alleviate pain quickly.
4. Curl up with a heating pad
Buy a heating pad from amazon or Walmart and pop it in your microwave for some seconds whenever you feel you cramps coming on. Place it on your lower abdomen and watch the pain go away. It provides immediate pain relief.
5. Exercise and stretch
Go for a walk or do some minimal stretches in your house. It helps loosen up your muscles and eases the pain of cramps.