Humans have always wondered about themselves, their body, anatomy and structure, we have wondered about the inner structure and its working and functions. we have always thought of our problems, and have also struggled for a solution. We have always wondered about the essential processes like breathing, excretion and reproduction. The anatomy as well as its process and it’s functioning.
Today we will talk about one such natural problem faced by a woman in her teens and after, and that problem is menstrual cramps. Yes, menstrual cramps a problem faced by all the women during their period, in their teenage. These cramps may vary from light ache to severe ache and have other effects on body as well. But before talking about menstrual cramps, we will have a brief talk on menstrual cycle.
Menstruation occurs in a periodic cycle, because of which it is also known as the menstrual cycle, it occurs in female, and is necessary for the formation of oocytes, it also prepares our uterus for pregnancy which makes reproduction possible in women.
One cycle completes in one month involving different phases in it. One phase leads to another and so on goes the cycle. It consists if four phases. Here, the names are mentioned after the periods of the cycle are over
1) Follicular phase
2) Ovulation phase
3) Luteal phase
And the 4th stage again is
4) Menstrual phase ( menstruation).
In this phase the uterus linings that are formed to prepare the uterus for pregnancy starts shedding out from the body in the form of dark lumps of blood, this blood flow out of the body through vagina, is called menstruation.
Menstruation has certain symptoms and can be observed in many girls and women before having their first baby, usually a girl goes through her first cycle at the age of 12-14 however some can face this at an early age like at 8 as well, the beginning of this monthly cycle is called menarche and when a women finishes her last cycle or is about to complete her last menstrual cycle, then this phase is known as menopause.
Out of many symptoms that are found before or during the menstruation is menstrual cramps.
Yes today we will talk about menstrual cramps and answer all your questions like, why do you get menstrual cramps, what cause pms cramps, where do menstrual cramps occur, how to ease menstrual cramps, remedies for menstrual cramps, how to treat extreme menstrual cramps etc.
So we will begin with
What Are Menstrual Cramps?
The term coined for painful periods or menstrual cramps is dysmenorrhoea, it is a symptom of occurrence of periods and occurs before the menstruation begin and lasts till the first 3 days of the periods. It occurs in lower back, pelvis and lower abdomen, there is no unknown specific problem when occurring in young women, however, there are chances of having some issues like uterine fibroids, endometriosis, adenomyosis etc. It is very common and occurs almost in all the women, and starts within a year of first menstrual bleedings. This pain lessens with time and often stops after the birth of the first baby.
Where Menstrual Cramps Occur?
Well, it is experienced by each and every girl at least once in her life and knows already that menstrual cramps occur in the lower abdomen, lower back, stomach, pelvis it may be found in thighs and lower back as well. The pain can be found in legs and hips. The pain can cause other symptoms as well like headaches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting etc.
What Are The Causes Of Menstrual Cramps?
There is no specific cause for menstrual cramps, as they are natural and is experienced by 95% of the young women or girls. However it is caused due to the contractions of the uterus, the rise and fall in the levels of prostaglandin affect the contractions of the uterus, during menstruation causing pain. However, the severity of pain also depends on some external factors, like if someone has experienced their first cycle, before the age of 11, cigarette smoking, irregular periods, elongated days of menstruation, family history of severe cramps during menses.
How To Ease Menstrual Cramps?
If the cramps are not extreme or severe, some home remedies can help relieve the pain and the menstrual cramps.
Here are some remedies and preventions that can ease your Menstrual cramps
1) Heat to beat
Yes, apply heat through heating pad or any other source which provides heat on the part where cramps occur, to beat the pain, take proper rest while heating and you are good to go in a while.
2) Take bites of a healthy diet.
Your daily diet affects your body both externally as well as internally and so take care of your diet, have a diet that contains lots of Vitamin D, that can help in decreasing the occurrence of severe pains. Include foods like papaya, broccoli, almonds, walnuts, olive oil, green vegetables, flax seeds, brown rice and pumpkin seeds. These things contain, some or the other essential vitamins and minerals that may help you in the long run.
3) Grease your parts.
Yes massaging and oiling with essential oils can help you relief the pain, which is like more of a greasing your body, to reduce your cramps. A 20 minutes massage and you wave your cramps goodbye. Massage also involves pressing some specific points, that helps release the pain. The hands should move around your back, sides and lower abdomen. The choice of oils also determine the release of the pain, use essential oils containing lavender, marjoram and sage for a better effect.
4) Have An Orgasm.
Climax is all what matters, have an amazing climax, leading to an amazing orgasm, yes this would help you to release the pain or menstrual cramps, it has its own scientific reasons, that the uterus is more relaxed before orgasm, but during the climax the blood flow increases that helps release your cramps, Orgasm, leads to a releasing of endorphins, which helps in relieving the pain and helps you feel better instantly.
5) Avoid Devoid.
Yes, avoid the food and drinks that are devoid of essential nutrients and vitamins. And those hollow foods are fatty foods, carbonated beverage, alcohol, caffeine, salty foods etc. Though you can add caffeine free ginger and mint teas or hot water, with a flavour of lemon.
6) Herbs, The Nature’s boon.
There are also some useful natural herbs that act as a boon and you can take them in some or the other form during your periods as they can prove useful in decreasing the severity of pain.
Those herbs are
Fennel seeds: During the first three days of periods take 30 mg of fennel extract four times a day.
Cinnamon: When your periods start take 420 mg of cinnamon seeds twice a day for three days.
Ginger: Grate a small psc of ginger and add it a glass of hot water, it will act as your cramp reliever and help decrease them.
7) H20, The Reliever
Yes, water is one of the most essential requirements of the body, it not only gives your body essential nutrients but also helps in reducing the pain.
Yes, drinking lots of water, keeps your body hydrated, that helps you in the reduction of painful bloating during your menses. Hot water or warm gives you a relief from the painful menstrual cramps and bloating as it increases the blood flow, and our cramped muscles are relaxed.
8) Exercise when the sunrise
Yes early to rise and exercise is the best way of keeping your body fit and helps you relief all your pains. Exercise also releases endorphins and helps release your pain to the extent of eliminating of any medical treatment regarding the pain. While moderate activity like walking can help reduce the pain and prove beneficial.
Yoga also helps in releasing the pain, it is said that three significant type of yoga poses, that is cat, fish and cobra, reduces the intensity and severity of the cramps.
These were some of the natural preventions and remedies for menstrual cramps, however if the pain is extremely unbearable or severe, you have excessive bleeding, have some signs of infections, like chills, fever, body ache, during your period, cramps after the age of 25 or you suspect you may be pregnant than you must visit a doctor, to find the underlying issue of the menstrual cramps.
However, for pain relief, you can also have some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines that reduces pain. Apart from that you must have a routine checkup so, that any issue can come to notice and can be treated immediately, for further assistance visit your doctor and have a free talk regarding menstruation and its problem.
Stay fit, stay happy.