Every month, most women unfortunately experience it at some point in their lives, but might not be aware that this sort of evil actually has a name. It is called dysmenorrhea.
The effects of it are as unpleasant as it sounds. Though you might not be aware of its medical name, dysmenorrhea is also commonly called menstrual cramps or a painful period. And though you may feel like others cannot be possibly suffering as much as you, it is more common than you think.
Though not limited to just menstrual cramps, dysmenorrhea can extend to back pain, nausea, lower abdomen or pelvis pain or diarrhea. In other words, it is extremely unpleasant.
Some sufferers may reach directly for the ibuprofen without giving it a second thought, completely unaware that there are multiple helpful remedies that one can prepare at home, without medicine and can even be classified as DIY.
Those who have more experience with period pain may swear that their home remedy works best, but they might be missing out on several other tips and tricks that work just as well, or even better.
Here are 10 DIY dysmenorrhea remedies:
This fruit is packed with nutrients that help calm the uterine walls down and can even lessen muscle contractions. It also is a very potent anti-inflammatory agent. The papaya contains carotene, iron, calcium and vitamins A and C, which are extremely good for your health.
This helps not only your menstrual cramps, but fertility and uterine function generally as well. Flaxseed contains fatty acid that, in scientific jargon, stabilises the production of progesterone. But in normal terms, it helps tone down your cramps. You can sprinkle this little helpers over yogurt, in a smoothie or even on your salad.
Another food item that can actually help regulate your cycle without taking the pill, and relieve you of heavy menstrual cramps, is parsley. Parsley is host to two different compounds that play a big part in soothing menstrual problems: myristicin and apiol. Boil the fresh parsley in a mug for a tea and then drink it immediately after straining. This will help with the pain as well.
- Tea, specifically chamomile.
Drinking something warm, like tea, is normally associated with being sick, but drinking tea can also help loads when it comes to menstruation pains. Chamomile tea, for instance, has anti-inflammatory properties which help on loads of situations, but also antispasmodic properties which act as it sounds. They calm down and relax the uterus when it begins to have the period “contractions” that you experience so painfully. Adding honey or lemon to chamomile tea can help with the taste.
- Blackstrap Molasses
This molasses or syrup-like food is not only super tasty and sweet, it can help lessen the pain you experience during menstruation. Blackstrap molasses is packed with vitamin B6, selenium, potassium, iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium. All these minerals help reduce blood clots and calms the muscles of the walls of the uterus. When drunk with warm milk as soon as cramps ensue, the symptoms have been experienced to lessen.
Just when you think it could not get any sweeter, fulfilling your sweet tooth during your period can also be beneficial for your symptoms. Cinnamon is also antispasmodic, like chamomile tea. It also has anti-clotting and anti-inflammatory properties that help pain associated with your menstrual cycle. Along with being packed with calcium, manganese, iron and fiber, it is sweet to the taste and easy to add to teas or warm water (when not just eaten from a spoon like the cinnamon challenge).
Moving along with the spices, comes ginger. Ginger has properties proven to help regulate your menstrual cycle, combat against fatigue and also bring down the level of pain associated with prostaglandins. Ginger can also be drunk as a tea.
This herb contains pain-killing properties, which reduces menstrual pains and cramps. Basil has a caffeic acid, which contains analgesic, which is responsible for numbing the pain. Works as a tea or also just added freshly to your food in leaf form.
Another form of seeds like flaxseed, fennel seeds help relax all the muscles in the uterus, which are responsible for the contractions. When taken as a hot tea, it has been shown to reduce cramps, discomfort and pain. This is because of the phytoestrogenic and anti-inflammatory properties that lie within. It is also antispasmodic.
- Bring on the heat.
Whether it is hot tea, a hot shower, a heating pad or a hot water bottle, heat directly on the lower abdomen can help lessen the pain and relax the muscles being contracted in the uterus.
Period, or menstrual cramps and pain are never a fun experience. We hope that these at home tips and tricks can help ease the pain a bit for you and help you survive the process, without medication.