Menstrual cramps are caused when the lining of the uterus releases a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin. As prostaglandin is dispensed into the system, it causes the uterus to undergo spasms or contractions, which are from increased production of the prostaglandin.
While it is normal for most woman to experience some cramping directly before, or during the first few days of their period, that does not mean that it is comfortable.
Luckily there are quite a few tried and true home remedies that can help reduce or eliminate the pain associated with Menstrual Cramps.
Possible Symptoms of Menstrual Cramps,
* Pains that begin in the lower abdomen and pelvis
* Pain in lower back or legs
* headache and/or nausea
* constipation and/or diarrhea
* a need to urinate more frequently
Possible Contributing Factors of Menstrual Cramps,
* elevated levels of prostaglandins in the uterine lining
* unusually narrow cervical canal
* backwards tilting of the uterus (a retroverted uterus).
* lack of physical exercise
* Emotional stress
Home Remedies for Menstrual Cramps
* Apply Heat
One of the absolute best home remedies for menstrual cramps is to apply heat. You can use a heating pad, a hot water bottle, a hot towel fresh out of the dryer or a towel dipped in hot water and completely rung out. Simply lie down with heated item placed on abdomen and/or back.
* Thermal Heating Pads
For those days when you do not have the luxury of lying down, thermal heating pads are the way to go. These are self stick heating strips that you can place on both your abdomen and back. Most of them stay heated for up to 8 hours and can bring you relief all day long.
* Take a Hot Bath
Taking a hot bath is another soother for both abdominal cramps and/or back pain. Epsom salt baths are particularly effective. Simply add 2 cups of Epsom salts to a hot bath and soak until water cools.
* Try Ginger
Ginger is another popular old home remedy to relieve menstrual cramps that many women swear by. There are several different ways you can take it. You can either eat a piece of freshly peeled ginger (up to a ½ piece) 4 times a day, steep a piece of fresh ginger in hot water to make tea (you can add a little sugar to sweeten) and drink this up to 3 times a day or even eating ginger cookies seems to do the trick.
* Eat a Banana
Eat a banana as soon as you feel the onset of menstrual cramps. Bananas contain both vitamin K and potassium which will help alleviate muscle cramping.
* Apply Weight
Many women swear that putting some kind of weight on their abdomen helps diminish cramp pain. While laying on a couch or bed place a large book or something with weight on your abdomen area. Funnily enough, some people have even used their pets. A cat or small dog who is happy to lie still will not only give you the weight, but also soothing warmth and comfort.
* Drink Tea
There are quite a few teas that will help naturally soothe menstrual cramps. Cinnamon, Chamomile and Raspberry teas are some of the best and most effective.
* Sexual Intercourse/Masturbation
Strange as it might sound, it seems that having an orgasm helps ease cramps in many women. Not only does it release “feel good” endorphins which are like a natural pain killer, but it also seems to relax the tightened muscles in your uterus.
* Try Over The Counter Medications
If you find you need a little extra help to overcome pain from cramping you can try such over the counter medications such as Advil, Midol IB, Motrin, Nuprin, Aleve or Anaprox.
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*While this site is dedicated to Home Remedies, there might be a rare occasion where you might need a little help from an outside source. The following are some other products or procedures that you can try if your situation is a little more severe and these home remedies aren’t quite doing the trick.