Over half of all women suffer with menstrual pain or cramps during their period. Yet, they’re only option is to carry on with daily routines as normal. They go to work, pick up their kids from school, take classes, pass exams, and run companies; all while quietly dealing with the strain of their reproductive systems.

Unfortunately, periods are a fact of life for adult females. You can’t eliminate them, but you can learn how to minimize the pain that they cause. There are all kinds of great techniques; from taking hot baths to eating certain foods, getting a message, or changing your choice of contraceptive (in severe cases).

This guide to dealing with menstrual pain will look at some of the most effective methods.

Eat a Healthy Diet

The healthier your lifestyle, the easier you will find your monthly periods. Sticking to a low-fat diet reduces the amount of inflammation stimulated within the body, so your cramps become less intense. A low fat, vegetarian diet is highly recommended for anybody who suffers with excruciating cramps on a regular basis.

Try Gentle Painkillers

Taking a couple of moderate strength painkillers, such as ibuprofen, several times throughout the day should be enough to eliminate the cramps and allow you to get on with your day. However, you must be careful with painkillers; they are for adult use only and the instructions on the bottle must be followed for your own safety. Do not take tablets without asking a doctor for advice first.

Massage Your Abdomen

Slow, rhythmic massage movements are very effective at increasing blood flow to the abdomen and soothing painful periods. Use a pleasant smelling essential oil (like lavender or clary sage), by mixing it with an unscented cream. Then, simply give yourself a gentle stomach massage while watching television or relaxing in the bath.

Heating Pad

Heating pads may seem like trivial devices, but they have been proven to work for most women. In fact, studies suggest that they can be as effective as taking a mild painkiller. Plus, heat pads are cheap to buy and easy to use. You just plug it in and lay the cloth portion over the area that hurts.

Gentle Exercise

If you suffer with very painful periods, the thought of exercise might seem absurd, but it can have a powerful effect. Getting active generates endorphins (happy hormones) within the brain and they alleviate pain signals. Keep the exercise gentle; aerobic activities and aerobic stretching are good options.

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