According to Science Daily, painful periods are common affecting nearly 90% of women at various times of their life. The medical term for menstrual cramps is dysmenorrhea, which is classified as either primary, not associated with a physical abnormality, or secondary, due to a physical cause such as endometroiosis (1). Common cramping is the result of contractions in the uterus and one of the major factors is the release of the chemical prostaglandin. During menstruation prostaglandins are released and uterus contractions increase. The contractions press on the blood vessels resulting in decreasing oxygen to the muscle tissues. When oxygen is lost, pain ensues.
Home Remedies for Menstrual Cramps
Written by the Healthline Editorial Team
Medically Reviewed by George Krucik, MD, MBA | Published on February 27, 2013
Applying heat to your abdomen and lower back may relieve pain as effectively as medicine. If you don’t have a hot water bottle or heating pad, take a warm bath or use a hot towel. Or, you can make your own heating pad by following the instructions below:
Chronic Cramps? Try These Natural Remedies
By Barbara H. Seeber
Published Mar 28, 2014
Tea for Ginger Tummies
Ginger reduces pain and inflammation. One study found that a special ginger extract taken four times a day eased pain as effectively as ibuprofen.
2 cups water
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon honey
7 Natural Menstrual Cramp Remedies… Period!
Diet is Key
The worse you eat, the worse you’ll feel. We know the first thing you want to do is reach for the chocolate or greasy fries but trust us, you’ll regret it later. Eat cleansing foods like fruits and salads to restore some balance to your out-of-whack body. Avoid sugar, flour-based products like bread and pasta, rich heavy food and anything with preservatives. Your tummy will thank you.
Above are just some sites I found from a quick google after a chat with a lady friend that was suffering through this biological occurrence. Got any personal tips yourself to help other women readers?
Good News Women