Home Remedies for Menstrual Pain
What is menstruation?
As the levels of hormones increase, the lining of your uterus becomes thicker. During the middle of the menstrual cycle, ovulation occurs. Ovulation is when the ovaries release an egg. If the egg does not get fertilised, it passes through the uterus and out of the body. The lining of the uterus, together with blood and mucus, breaks down and sheds. This blood flow passes through the vagina and causes your monthly period.
When does menstruation begin and end?
Some girls may have their first period at 9 years of age, while others begin at 16 years or older. Most women start to have a monthly period at about 12 years. Menopause is the time in a woman's life when monthly periods stop. This usually occurs at age 50 or older.
What happens each month?
Each period may last for 2 to 7 days and can be light, moderate, or heavy.The total amount of blood loss may be 1 to 4 tablespoons (20 to 60 milliliters) for the whole menstrual period. This amount may be different among women and it may be different for you from one period to another.
Why does Menstrual pain occur?
Menstrual pain is quite normal symptom during menstruation because the uterus contracts in rhythm so that the blood and different menstrual tissues are excreted out. There are some precautions and tips that can help you reduce the pain and problems that you face during this time.
Tips to help you get rid of problems:
1. It is good to avoid fried, sour and protein rich foods in the last week of the menstrual cycle.
2. Eat fish as it contains omega-3 fatty acids, which helps in easing contractions during menstruation
3. Avoid eating dairy products, meat and poultry
4. Maintain healthy and nutritious diet and perform yoga to help you stay away from problems
5. If you are suffering from anemia, you should take food rich in iron
6. Avoid vegetables like potato,egg, yellow pumpkin and try to concentrate on consuming drumsticks, papaya, white pumpkin, snake guard, cucumber and bitter guard.
Home remedies for menstrual pain:
Have a quick look at some home remedies for menstrual pain.
1. Women suffering from painful or low menstrual flow can take half cup of parsley juice mixed with carrot or any other vegetable juice. This reduces pain and helps make the blood flow proper and normal.
2. If you are anemic you must be experiencing lot of problems during menstruation. Mix 1 – 2 teaspoons of sesame seeds with water and bring it to boil. Let it stand for sometime and strain it. Drinking this mixture twice daily will help you a lot.
3. You can also take simply sesame seeds in water and drink it twice during menstruation
4. Papaya is very helpful and treats lot of menstrual problems. Raw papaya helps women suffering from severe pain or less bleeding problem.
5. Banana is very good fruit during menstruation and those who have excess pain in back and stomach can take banana leaf that should be cooked in little oil and consume it mixed with curd.
6. You can take coriander seeds in water and the ratios should be 15 – 20 seeds in one glass of boilingwater. Continue boiling it till the water gets reduced to half. Let the mixture stand for sometime and then drink it. The mixture is bitter in taste and if you want you can add a little bit of sugar when drinking. This home remedy will relive you even from severe pain and also help reduce excess blood flow during this time.
7. Lemon grass is also said to be beneficial during this time.
8. When you experience pain, you can help reduce the pain by giving the area hot treatment. You can make use of wet warm towel, hot baths, hot water bottle, or warm a cloth and keep it on the place where you are experiencing cramps or pain. If the pain is unbearable you can take painkillers as well.
9. Drinking plenty of water and herbal tea also helps reduce pain and problems faced during menstrual periods.
10.You can also perform yoga and some cardiovascular exercises that will help you get rid of these cramps.
11. Last but not the least; take as much rest as possible. This will help you keep your menstruation under control.
Dr. Amit Adhana