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Do you feel discomfort during your periods?
Every woman experiences some or the other problems during their menstrual cycle. However, women feel embarrassed to break the stigma and openly speak about their monthly periods in public or in person. Time has come to boo this intimate taboo and discuss your period pain with others.
A menstrual cycle is a sign for a healthy female body. But females feel the greatest inconvenience while they were on their periods. It brings along many problems like mood swings, painful cramps, and pimples. Then how do you tackle these situations? Do you take painkillers? Have any ideas on subsiding your mood swings and cheer up during your chums?
Gals don’t feel shy to read our post till the end. We cannot do anything about changing the attitude of those women who don’t want to discuss natural phenomenon related to womanhood. But, we surely want you to know some amazing period hacks that will make your period life a bit easy.
- Why Do Menstrual Cramps Happen?
- Period Hacks You Must Know
- 1. Proteins Are Important For You
- 2. Make Use Of Technology
- 3. Make Your Emergency Pad
- 4. Best Way To Heal Cramps – Apply Heat
- 5. Get Rid Of Pimples
- 6. Take Less Caffeine
- 7. Calcium For All Your Problems
- 8. Eat Dark Chocolates
- 9. Drink More Water
- 10. Do Yoga
- 11. Stay Away From Bloating
- 12. Sleep Well
- 13. Wine Lovers Good News
- When To See A Doctor?
Why Do Menstrual Cramps Happen?
Menstrual cramps are the most common phenomenon that holds you back during your periods. The region around your abdomen, lower back, and thighs will experience stretching pain while you’re menstruating.
The muscles of your uterus (womb) contract and relax during menstruation. Thus you feel cramps while your muscles are at work shedding the built-up blood lining. Some women may also experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and headaches during their periods.
The factors associated with intense painful menstruation are:
- Heavy bleeding
- When you just start your period (age <20 years)
- Overproduction of prostaglandins (a hormone that influences your uterus)
- Use of birth control pills or devices
- Abnormal growths in the uterus
- Endometriosis (abnormal uterine tissue growth)
Many times we can cure mild and temporary cramps with home remedies itself. These provide instant relief from menstrual pain. Let’s see some period hacks on getting fast relief from discomfort during that time of the month.
For mild to temporary cramps, some home remedies can help provide relief. Read on for tips on getting fast relief and learn how to potentially lessen the pain during your next cycle.
Period Hacks You Must Know
1. Proteins Are Important For You
Taking at least 50 grams of protein a day while you were on your periods can help you to stay alert and energetic. So always remember to add a sufficient amount of protein rich foods in your diet. Have a healthy protein filled diet and have an energetic period.
2. Make Use Of Technology
Don’t bother about remembering your period dates; there are plenty of applications available in the Google Play store. The applications like Clue, Maya, Period Tracker, and My Calendar are useful and can help you in predicting your next period date and will alert you about the arrival of your period. Technology has made things much easier and it has entered almost everywhere and we can even use it to keep a track of our periods.
3. Make Your Emergency Pad
You may have stuck somewhere in your office, school or college when you got your period and that can be very annoying. Toilet paper can save you from those kind emergency situations when you are out of pads, make your own pad out of toilet paper.
4. Best Way To Heal Cramps – Apply Heat
You may know that the hot water bag can help you in healing your cramps in the best way. But rather than putting the bag directly on your stomach you can use it on your lower back by lying your back on it. It works better. To know the benefits of hot water bath ead here.
If you do not have a heating pad or a hot water bottle, make one of your own. Follow these steps:
- Sew together two pieces of fabric leaving a hole at the top.
- Fill it with uncooked rice and sew the pack.
- Microwave this bag for a few minutes till the desired temperature is reached.
- Wrap this homemade heating pad in a towel (to reduce heat) and use it to relieve pain.
- Reuse whenever necessary.
5. Get Rid Of Pimples
Using beauty products that contain benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid can help you to stay away from the irritating pimples that try to ruin the beauty of your face and getting rid of those pimples can help you regain your confidence.
6. Take Less Caffeine
The pain of the period cramps is the dirtiest part of the periods as every girl who bleeds know. Cutting your caffeine intake can help you in minimizing the pain of the cramps. So stay away from caffeine and replace your coffee time with some other drink and stay away from pain.
7. Calcium For All Your Problems
Consuming about 1200 mg of calcium a day can help you get rid of all your period problems. So, this simple hack can help you to stay away from many of your period worries. Just remember to include much of calcium in your diet.
8. Eat Dark Chocolates
You lose a lot of magnesium through bleeding while you are in your periods. To regain the magnesium levels you can eat dark chocolates in any form you like it to have. You have got the chance and you don’t have to stick your mouth anymore from chocolates, just have as much dark chocolate as you want.
9. Drink More Water
Drinking lots and lots of water can help you get rid of most of your health problems. Water can help you in regularizing your metabolism. Periods make you lose so much of fluids from your body and thus you may get dehydrated, so taking lots of water can actually help you in staying hydrated and healthy as well. It can also reduce many of your period symptoms like bloating, cramps, oily skin, pimples etc.
10. Do Yoga
Doing physical exercises may make you strain a bit and especially during the periods they may make you feel weak and less energetic. But you can prefer to do fewer moments exercises that can help you in staying fit and also lessening the period symptoms. But don’t do too much of exercising as it may only make you feel low energetic. Keep your time limits and stick to them. If you ever feel low, then you may stop doing.
11. Stay Away From Bloating
Bloating is another most annoying period problems. So, here comes another most useful one of the period hacks. Avoid taking salt as much as possible before 2-3 days of your periods and that can actually help you in staying away from the bloating issue. So say no to salt.
12. Sleep Well
This is another one of the most useful and really wanted period hacks that every girl must know. The lavender essential oil can come to your rescue during those sleepless nights as it can actually help you in having a good night sleep. All you need to do is just drop a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow and that is it.
13. Wine Lovers Good News
We are not encouraging you to have wine or start this habit if you don’t have it till now, but we are actually informing you that half a glass of wine can help you in staying out of the period cramps and other period-related symptoms. Take it in a limited amount and use it as a medicine to stay away from the period cramps.
When To See A Doctor?
Contact your doctor immediately if you have severe pain and very heavy blood flow. Visit a doctor in case:
- the cramps worsen with time
- the bleeding gets heavier
- the pain prevents you from performing your daily chores
- you are >25 years of age and severe period pain had just developed, or
- OTC medication show no effect
We hope you have learned how you will work to potentially lessen the pain during your next monthly cycle. Now try these period hacks and make your life during periods much better.
Spread these hacks and let all the girls in your circle know and let this article be helpful in making their period life a better one.
She is pharmacist by education and working in field of medical content development for more than 8 years. She has execllent hold on medical content research and development and has produce valuable data for various pharmaceutical companies.