Many women suffer from menstrual cramps during their periods. Since it hurts, this condition makes women uncomfortable so that they cannot comfortably do their daily activities. Generally, menstrual cramps occur when the muscular wall of the uterus moves and suppresses the blood vessels around it. Then, this stops the oxygen supply to the uterus. Without oxygen, the body will release chemicals that trigger pain and produce prostaglandins. These prostaglandins make the uterine muscles continue to contract so that the pain increases.
When you experience menstrual cramps, you can consume painkillers to relieve the pain. But you are not suggested to consume many pain killers since they can negatively affect your body. It will be better if you try these herbal remedies for menstrual cramps.
A Warm Compress
The first natural way to relieve pain due to menstrual cramps is by using a warm compress. A warm compress can prevent uncomfortable feelings during menstruation, relieve cramped muscles, and increase the blood flow in the body. Place a warm compress on your lower stomach or in the cramped area where you feel pain. The warmth is useful to relieve and reduce pain. You can use either a rubber pack that has been filled with warm water or a warm towel.
You can also use a cold compress as well. But you are not suggested to use it for more than 30 minutes.
Besides a warm compress, you can also drink warm beverages to relieve menstrual cramps. However, avoid drinking warm beverages that contain caffeine, alcohol, and high sugar because they can worsen the pain. So, coffee is not recommended. Instead, you can drink warm ginger tea or warm chamomile tea. Research showed that these 2 herbal tea drinks can be a natural painkiller to relieve menstrual cramps as well as relax tense muscles.
Besides warm chamomile tea and ginger tea, you can also drink a glass of warm milk or simply a glass of warm water to relieve menstrual cramps.
Next, lightly massage your lower stomach with circular movements by using the tip of your fingers. Use baby oil or baby cream to help massage your lower stomach. The baby cream or baby oil you use can also serve as aromatherapy that gives relaxing effects to relieve the pain due to menstrual cramps.
When you are suffering from menstrual cramps, working out is probably the last activity you want to do. You probably even think about it. But surprisingly, actively moving and working out can relieve pain. It is because when you are working out, your body will release endorphin hormones that serve as a painkiller. According to research published in the Journal of Family Reproductive Health in 2015, it was mentioned that stretching and aerobic exercises during menstruation can help to relieve pain due to menstrual cramps.
If you think that it will be hard for you to do aerobic exercises, you can do light exercises such as yoga, jogging, swimming, cycling, or just walking around your neighborhood.