4 Home Treatments To Relieve Menstrual Cramps

Doctors are still unsure on why some women experience pain during their cycle, and others don’t. But, here’s a list of most possible reasons:

  • heavy blood flow
  • first pregnancy
  • being younger than 20, or just starting your period
  • having an overproduction of or sensitivity to prostaglandins, a hormone that influences your womb

Fortunately, there is a way to avoid the painful menstrual cycle. We offer you four natural alternatives to help you survive through your bloody days.

1. Heat

According to a study in 2012, applying heat to your stomach can comfort your cramps. The study included 147 women, aged 18-30. It showed that applying a heated pad at 104°F (40°C) has the same effect as ibuprofen.

How to make your own heating pad: Fill a fabric bag (you can also use a sock) with rice. Microwave it for a few minutes- do not overheat! Let it cool if needed.

2. Essential oils massage

Massage therapy for 20 minutes can also help you decrease pain. It involves gently pressing on your abdomen. You can also use essential oils since it increases the benefit.

The blend of lavender, clary sage, and marjoram oil  showed amazing results. You can DIY this mixture at home.

3. Orgasm

Although there are no clinical studies to confirm this, scientists are convinced that it helps.

Vaginal orgasms include your whole body, together with your spinal cord, which signals the release of neurotransmitters. This can induce endorphins and oxytocin which can minimize pain.

Dr. Barry Komisaruk, a psychology professor at Rutgers University who research the girl orgasm gives his comment.

“Vaginal orgasms [are described] as being inside and involving the whole-body; that’s likely because the nerves that lift sensations from the clitoris are special from the nerves from the vagina.”

4. Avoiding positive food

During menstruation, it is a good choice to avoid food that induce water retention and bloating. This list includes:

  • fatty foods
  • alcohol
  • carbonated beverages
  • caffeine
  • salty foods

Instead, consume ginger or mint teas or warm water flavored with lemon. Need some sugar? Snack on fruits like strawberries or raspberries.

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