4 quick and easy cramp busters
A huge 9 out of 10 women suffer from period pains each month. Here are some easy ways you can help to reduce the pain.
Give yourself a massage
Massaging your abdomen and lower back area can really help reduce period pain. If you don’t have a masseuse on hand, this video is super easy to follow:
If you use thyme oil, you’ll double the pain-busting benefits as a recent study showed that rubbing the oil onto you abdomen was a more effective pain relief method than taking ibuprofen.
Turn up the heat
Whether you choose a hot water bottle or a hot bath, using heat as a painkiller is a great option. Scientists have discovered that placing something hot on your abdomen switches on heat receptors, which then block the effect of the nasty chemicals causing the pain.
Take a yoga class
Gentle exercise is great for period pains and yoga is something you can possibly face, even while suffering from cramps. However yoga also has even more pain-relieving benefits as there are some specific poses that really target menstrual cramps.
- The bow pose is great as it targets the pelvis region, helping to regulating the flow of blood to and from the uterus, which helps relieve pain and bloating.
- The camel pose also helps regulate blood flow, while also helps with back pain and general fatigue.
Pop a pill
If nothing else works, take a painkiller. Ibuprofen has been shown to be the best pain relief choice for menstrual cramps.
The key with pain relief is to start taking it before your period even starts. Studies have shown that taking ibuprofen prior to your period helps prevent the build-up of prostaglandins, the chemicals believed to be responsible for most period pain.