How Can I Relieve Period Cramps?

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How Can I Cure Period Pains?

Period cramps are a dull pain which usually occurs on the first day of blood flow and can last a few days. It starts in the tummy but can spread to the lower back and inner thighs. You may also get nausea, dizziness and fainting. Cramps tend to lessen in severity after the age of 30, although some less fortunate women continue to experience them until menopause.

1. For some years doctors prescribed estrogen hormones to women with severe cramps, although oral contraceptives (the Pill) seem to work just as well.
2. Take 500 mg of calcium and 250 mg of magnesium once a day for a week before your period. Alternatively take a dolomite supplement (which contains both minerals) every few hours (up to 6 pills a day) during the first and second day of a particularly heavy period. You will also need to take a daily multivitamin with vitamin A and C at the same time, as these are important for calcium absorption.
3. Eat plenty of fiber (fruit, vegetables and whole grains) because it acts as a natural laxative. This helps to relieve both constipation and period spasms.
4. Avoid standing for long periods of time in the first few days of your period.
5. Have a hot bath or apply a hot water bottle to your tummy to relieve pain.

6. Add clary sage essential oil to your bath, it is particularly effective for painful periods.
7. Some women find having a strong alcoholic drink like whiskey or vodka helps to relax the tummy muscles.
8. Try rubbing tiger balm to the tummy.
9. Drink herbal teas such as red raspberry leaves (Rubus idaeus), raspberry tea, fennel tea, green tea and chamomile tea. Or take a cramp bark supplement (Latin name viburnum opulus).
10. If you find you crave sugar during your period, take a daily chromium supplement which helps to reduce sugar cravings.
11. A daily Evening Primrose supplement can help to reduce symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) such as breast pain.
12. Many women who suffer severe cramps often turn out to have symptoms of yeast infections. If you do, read about the natural remedies for yeast infections. You may also discover you have food intolerances to wheat, gluten, dairy or caffeine. It may be worth getting an allergy test done if you suffer recurrent yeast infections.
13. Eating foods like sweet potatoes, broccoli, pumpkin and cauliflower help to naturally balance your hormones and reduce the side effects of PMS. For more foods see treatment for PMS.
14. Try to exercise 30 minutes a day - particularly during your period. I know you mightn't feel like it, but it really will help to loosen things up. Try stretches, the cobra, bow and pelvic rock of yoga are particularly effective.
15. If you do not respond to any of these remedies, your doctor might prescribe a strong painkiller such as codeine or an anti-inflammatory.

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