Managing menstrual cramps
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Every month, mother nature strikes and the pain can be unbearable. Anyone who has undergone the joy of menstruation knows that the package of discomfort and pain can be very disconcerting. However, it is unavoidable and for many women, a painful affair. As someone who isn’t one of those lucky few to go though painless menstruation, I have tried and tested many home remedies in an attempt to soothe myself. Here are the ways that have helped me feel better.
1) Heat. Place a heating pad or hot water bottle on your lower abdomen. If you have to be on the move, you can use the stick on heating pads found in drugstores.
2) Massage. Gently massage/rub the affected areas on your abdomen and lower back.
3) Tea. Make sure when choosing a tea variety that you choose decaffeinated versions so you don’t cancel out the soothing effects of the tea by increasing cramps with the caffeine. Raspberry, chamomile, and ginger tea may have anti-inflammatory capabilities to help relieve cramping.
4) Stretch. Sit on the floor with your legs stretched far apart. Stretch forward to catch your toes or ankle. Breathe in while keeping your back straight. After a few breaths, lean forward towards the floor.
5) Medicine. Get some over the counter pain relief medicine. Do refer to the box or the instructions to ensure you do not overdose.