Menstral period is unavoidable for every adolescent female. Its usually average between 26-35days(vary) cycle in most ladies. During this period, the body tries to get rid of the product of the last ovulation(egg release by the ovary into the fallopian tube) because fertilization by the make sperm did not happen.
This phase is often painful in most ladies because the body tries to shed off tissues of the uterine wall, blood vessels and fluids. Symptoms can range in severity from a mild annoyance to severe pain that interferes with normal activities. Growing up with my elder sister has given me a little experience as she oftentimes go moody during this period.
Symptoms Of Menstrual Pain
Cramps in the lower abdomen
Lower back pain
Leg pain, radiating down the legs
Fainting spells (in extreme cases)
Medications can be used to relieve painful menstrual cramps and this are mainly anti-inflammatory drugs. Ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac and piroxicam (Felvin) are available without a prescription and are effective at blocking the effects of prostaglandins.
I will share with you some practical ways which you can adopt;
1) Firstly, you have to understand the physiology of your body as a lady. You must have a good knowledge of your body and what you react to.
2) Shave your pubic hair; hygeine is very important for a lady especially during menstration. You will smell and people will perceive odour if you dont clean that part of your body well. Use of clean water, mild disinfectants and soaps. Clean shaved pubic area will allow easy cleaning and prevent blood clot and stains from sticking to the perineal area.
3)Eat well, reduce activity; Menstration can be energy sapping because there is continous blood loss and virgina contraction. You need to eat good, food balanced diet and avoid any stressful work or overworking of the muscles
4) Take warm water; Warm water will calm down the body and reduce menstral blood clot thereby easing the flow and discharge.
5)Body massage, Exercise the stomach; Exercising the perineal muscles and the laps relaxes the muscles of the vaginal wall and smoothens menstration
6)Drink lemon water every morning after you wake up. This will have an alkalizing effect on the body and keep the body hydrated and mineralized. Stay hydrated throughout the day,
7)Must include vitamin D3 in your diet. Especially if you live is a colder climate where sunlight is reduced during the winter season.
8)Increase consumption of leafy greens to ensure enough B vitamins, fiber and mineral supply in the body. You will get a lot of calcium, magnesium, iron, B vitamins and other minerals through leafy greens. Swiss chard, collard greens, yogurt, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, spinach contains these minerals.
9)Eat fatty fish, fish or flax oil every day to get relief from hormonal imbalances.
10)My most favourite remedy to get relief from cramps is an Ayurvedic home remedy using cinnamon and ginger to make a tea. Just use ¼ tsp. of ground cinnamon and a pinch of ground ginger or couple of thin slices of half an inch of fresh ginger to a cup of hot water. Wait and let it steep for 5 minutes. Strain and drink the tea. I will also write a recipe for pain free period tea concoction.
11)Evening primrose oil are rich in anti-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids and are known to reduce breast pain and tenderness as well as PMS symptoms. Dietary intake of calcium and magnesium is crucial for balancing the hormones.
12)Using heating pads or hot water bags around the area relaxes the stiff muscles and reduces pain by bringing oxygen in the area. One of the most important things to address is relaxation through 7-8 hours of sound sleep and stress reduction. Meditation and breathing exercises (pranayama) also assists in reducing stress.
If you eat a lot of nuts, seeds and grains then increase aerobic exercises. Aerobic exercises releases endorphin hormones or “feel good” hormones in the body. The presence of this hormone works like a natural pain killer.
13)Apply natural progesterone cream or wild yam cream. Apply this cream on stomach, lower abdominal area, buttocks, things, breasts and upper arm area. Best time to apply this cream is a week before the start of your period.
Address sleep, stress and digestive imbalances and practice a balanced health protocol for 6-8 weeks in order to reduce any PMS symptoms including cramps. If you are someone who tends to stray away from your health routine, then make sure you apply as many of the above mentioned remedies as possible a week before your cycle. This I would say is still a band aid solution.