For some women, menstrual periods can be easy and light whereas for others it can be a burden due to heavy flow of blood and problems like painful cramping. You would be surprised to read that cramps are one of the big reasons why girls take off from their schools and miss social functions.
Why do women get cramps during their period?
Menstrual cramps occur due to contractions in uterus. When your uterus tightens/contracts and relaxes to allow shedding of blood from vagina, it leads to pain in abdomen part of body which is known as menstrual cramps. The uterus lining releases prostaglandins as special chemicals which increases the intensity of contraction in uterus.
Is it normal to have mild ramps during periods?
Yes, it’s normal to have mild cramps during first few days of your periods due to uterine contractions. The uterus muscle contracts and relaxes during your periods which lead to jabbing and painful cramping. If the pain and discomfort does not get ease out with over-the-counter medications and forces you to miss your school and daily routine activities.
It is important to note that menstrual cramps are not same as PMS. Some of the mild and other symptoms apart from cramping are headaches, light-headedness, nausea, constipation, vomiting, bloating in belly area and diarrhea or loose bowel movements.
Natural ways for dealing with menstrual cramping:
- Using heating pad or hot water bottle and placing it over your abdomen area greatly helps in getting reef from pains caused by cramps. You would be glad to know that soaking in a warm water bath also provides relief in case of uncomfortable cramps.
- Some teens find that exercising helps in getting relief from pain. Even taking rest during periods also helps in dealing with menstrual cramps.
- Acupuncture is an alternate treatment that wonderfully cures the condition of painful menstrual cramping.
- Eating well-balanced and healthy food items too helps in treating painful cramps. Moreover drink plenty of water and other healthy fluids like coconut water, vegetable and fruit soup and juices. Avoid intake of fatty and fried food items such as red meat, chips, pakoras, patties and tikkis in your diet.
If any such treatments and over-the counter medications fails to give you any relief from painful cramps, it time for you to see a doctor. He will guide you with best treatment that works for you!