Adding herbs with anti-inflammatory properties to one's diet can greatly reduce painful menstruations. Some effective herbs are turmeric, fennel, cramp bark (taken as tea), primrose oil, and black cohosh. Fish oil capsules are also great for easing pain.
Though some discomfort and occasional sharp pains are normal, experiencing pain so intense that you're unable to go to school or work and perform daily activities is definitely not normal. Consider seeking medical help if you are experiencing debilitating pain frequently.
One major risk contributing to the experience of dysmenorrhea is being under the age of 20. After full maturity, periods ideally regularize and cramping should become bearable. However in some cases, cramping can get worse with age. If you are experiencing period cramps that seemingly get worse as you grow older, consider seeking medical assistance as it may be an indicator of an underlying condition.
There are several effective ways to cope with period pains: Heating pad on the pelvic region and back
Abdominal and back massage
Regular physical exercise
Reducing consumption of salt, sugar, caffeine and alcohol to prevent bloating
Consuming foods with anti-inflammatory properties like berries, tomatoes, pineapples and spices like turmeric, ginger or garlic
Avoid consuming salt, sugar, red meat, spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine. In terms of exercise, gynaecologists recommend continuing your usual regimen unless it causes too much pain or fatigue. Light excerise and relaxation yoga are generally encouraged, and there are no specific activities you should avoid on your period.
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