Painful menstruation involves menstrual periods that are accompanied by either sharp, intermittent pain or dull, aching pain, usually in the pelvis or lower abdomen. During your menstrual period, the uterus contracts to help expel its lining. Prostaglandins, hormone-like substances involved in pain and inflammation, trigger the uterine muscle contractions. While no one knows for sure, many experts believe that prostaglandins are the direct cause of primary dysmenorrhea.
1. Over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen or naproxen used continually at the start of your period may help reduce the severity of cramps by stopping the release of prostaglandins.
2. Get your butt in gear. For some women regular exercise such as walking can help reduce the severity of menstrual cramps.
3. Birth control pills may effectively reduce or eliminate menstrual cramps for some women; however you should know the side effects before using them.
4. Eat more foods containing zinc, calcium, and vitamin B, these have been known to reduce cramps, bloating and other symptoms.
5. Add an aromatherapy oil (like soothing Lavender) to a warm bath or use a heating pad on your lower abdomen and back to help ease menstrual cramping.
Menstrual cramps that do not respond to self-treatment can be a symptom of endometriosis or other health problems. Contact your doctor immediately if you have severe sudden cramps, vomiting, or fever, this may be a sign of a medical emergency.
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Comment by sasha — December 4, 2009 @ 1:26 am
Primrose Oil is one of the best home remedies for menstrual cramps.
Comment by Remedies for Menstrual Cramps — March 9, 2010 @ 2:21 am
I was told eliminating (or reducing) consumption of cow's milk helps. I don't drink milk anymore and I rarely get cramps.
Comment by *Coop* — March 15, 2010 @ 9:59 pm