Do home remedies for period pain really work? Yes, some of them do. Eagle’s Landing OB/GYN often recommends home remedies for women who suffer from mild cramps. If your menstrual cramps are debilitating, however, and leave you bedridden until your period stops, something could be wrong and we recommend that you make an appointment with us right away. For those with mild discomfort, try the following to see which solution works best for your period pain.
Most women get the relief they need from a heating pad or hot water bottle. The warmth relaxes the uterine muscles and stops them from cramping. If you suffer from menstrual back-cramping, you can also use the heating pad or hot water bottle on your lower back. If the cramps aren’t too bad, you might find relief by wrapping up in a warm blanket and taking a nap.
When we say exercise we mean gentle exercise; don’t go out and try to run a marathon. Studies show that stretching, walking, and yoga can help relieve menstrual cramps. Exercise releases endorphins, your body’s natural pain killers, so move a little to see if that helps. If the pain gets worse as you exercise, stop and rest. This solution might not work for everyone.
Yes, we’re serious. If you feel like getting a little frisky with your partner, an orgasm can actually relieve your menstrual cramps. Not only does the orgasm release endorphins, but it also releases pain-relieving and feel-good hormones, so have a little romp in the bedroom if you feel up to it. We understand that some women don’t even want to think about sex while they’re menstruating.
Research has also confirmed that acupuncture can reduce the inflation that causes menstrual cramps. One of the key components behind the practice of acupuncture is to release endorphins to relieve pain. This includes the pain that accompanies your period. A gentle massage can also help. You can gently massage your lower abdomen to see if that helps.
Did you know that a poor diet and dehydration can make your menstrual cramps worse? Make sure to stay hydrated during your period. Drink water, not coffee, tea, or sodas because caffeine increases cramping. Eat healthy, too, and avoid excess salt. Healthy foods include those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Finally, some over-the-counter pain relievers are better for menstrual cramps than others are. Ibuprofen works well because it helps to relax the uterine muscles. Naproxen sodium is also effective. Talk with your doctor about the best OTC medication for you, as some have dangerous side effects to those with pre-existing medical conditions.
If your period is unbearable, call Eagles Landing OB/GYN in Stockbridge, GA, right away. You shouldn’t have heavy bleeding or, as we mentioned above, debilitating pain.