Many women are unaware that there are several home remedies to stop menstrual cycle problems that are effective in reducing the severity and duration of symptoms, while being both inexpensive and easily accessible. By changing your diet, taking vitamin supplements and herbs, and completing calming exercises, you can feel better during your period without having to go to the doctor or obtaining a prescription.
Abdominal cramps prior to and during a woman’s period can range from uncomfortable to painful. Over the counter drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin can help ease the cramping pain, especially if you begin using them a couple of days prior to when you usually begin cramping. Applying heat patches to your abdominal area can also help with the discomfort of cramps. One-time use disposable heat patches can be found a your local drugstore. Gentle massaging of the abdomen can also help.
Stress and Mood Swings
Changing your routine to include more exercise not only during your period, but regularly during all parts of your menstrual cycle, can help reduce stress and moodiness. Try to get eight hours of sleep each night during your period and allow yourself time to relax. Some stress-reducers include yoga, prayer or meditation, reading, and other activities that you find calming.
Herbal remedies have also proven effective in many women with menstrual pains. Herbs can be bought as liquid extracts and then added to your drink of choice. According to Penn State Hershey, 400mg of Chaste tree extract (Vitex agnus castus) taken daily and 20- 40mg of Black cohosh extract (Actaea racemosa) taken twice a day may both help lessen the severity of symptoms.
Dietary Intake and Supplements
Your diet during your period can greatly reduce the symptoms associated with your menstruation. Keeping hydrated, especially with water, will help with bloating and cramps. Taking a vitamin B6 supplement or eating foods containing B6 can ease your symptoms. Poultry, whole grains, bananas, and soybeans are few to try. Also, increasing your calcium intake through supplements or food can reduce menstrual discomfort. Calcium-rich foods include almonds, salmon, beans, dairy products, an dark green vegetables. Thiamin has also been suggested as helping with menstrual pains and can be found in large quantities in pork, oatmeal, and sunflower seeds.
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“Menstruation | Brown University Health Education.” Brown University. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Aug. 2010. http://brown.edu/Student_Services/Health_Services/Health_Education/womens_health/menstruation