Period pain; managing it and when to seek help for your pain
Period pain is pain that occurs just before or during a menstrual period. More than half of women who menstruate report some pain from period cramps each month. Period pain can be so bad that doctors have actually given it a medical name: dysmenorrhea. Here follows valuable information on period pain; managing it and when to seek help for your pain.
Period pain effects
Every person’s experience of period pain is different, but it can cause:
- a cramping sensation in the abdomen
- burning pain in the abdomen
- pain that may feel like trapped gas
- pain that radiates to the back, hips, or legs
Some people also experience digestive symptoms alongside period pain, such as:
- nausea or vomiting
Can you heal period pain with home remedies?
Most of the time, menstrual cramps can be treated by women at home.
But if your pain is severe and impacts your lifestyle, don’t be afraid to talk to your healthcare provider.
Safe and effective home remedies for menstrual cramp relief, include:
- Try some yoga poses to ease menstrual pain
- Curl up with a heating pad to ease period cramps
- Acupuncture may help by relaxing the nervous system
- Some herbal tea varieties can calm cramping
- Up the magnesium in your diet
- Massage with essential oils for pain relief
- Boost those feel-good endorphins with exercise (or orgasm)
- Improving your diet may alleviate period cramps
Period pain; managing it and when to seek help: Other approaches
Some approaches that may reduce or help prevent dysmenorrhea include:
- Rest and stress reduction
- Birth control
- Managing underlying conditions
Foods to eat during your period to manage period pain
- Water – Staying hydrated can reduce your chances of getting dehydration headaches, a common symptom of menstruation.
- Fruit – Water-rich fruits are great for staying hydrated. Sweet fruits can help you curb your sugar cravings.
- Leafy green vegetables – It’s common to experience a dip in your iron levels during your period. Leafy green vegetables can boost your iron levels.
- Ginger – Ginger has anti-inflammatory effects, which can soothe achy muscles. Ginger may also reduce nausea.
- Turmeric – Turmeric is known as an anti-inflammatory spice.
- Dark chocolate – A tasty and beneficial snack, dark chocolate is rich in iron and magnesium.
- Nuts – Most nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and they’re a great source of protein. They also contain magnesium and various vitamins.
- Flaxseed oil – Every 15 milliliters of flaxseed oil contains 7,195 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids
- Quinoa – Quinoa is rich in nutrients such as iron, protein, and magnesium.
- Peppermint tea – It can relieve menstrual cramps, nausea and diarrhoea.
Foods to avoid to manage period pain
- Salt – Consuming lots of salt leads to water retention, which can result in bloating.
- Sugar – It’s okay to have sugar in moderation, but eating too much of it can cause a spike in energy followed by a crash.
- Coffee – Caffeine can cause water retention and bloating.
- Alcohol – Alcohol can have a number of negative effects on your body, which can exacerbate the symptoms of your period.
- Spicy foods – Many people find that spicy foods upset their stomachs, giving them diarrhoea, stomach pain, and even nausea.
Period pain: When to seek help
While mild period pain is common, nobody should have to endure severe or debilitating pain. A person should speak with a doctor if:
- their periods become much heavier or more painful than normal
- their periods frequently cause them to miss work or school
- over-the-counter pain medications do not work
People should also speak with a doctor if they have painful periods along with other symptoms, such as:
- pain during or after sex
- bleeding between periods
- frequent need to urinate
- bad-smelling or grey discharge
Bad cramps keep some women from working and going to school. You don’t have to suffer and you don’t have to put your life on hold. Speak to the team at your nearest The Local Choice Pharmacy. We are here for you!
Disclaimer: All content on the The Local Choice Pharmacy is created and published online for informational purposes only. It does not serve as a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health advice.