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Remedies for Severe Menstrual Cramps

by
author image Julia Bodeeb
Julia Bodeeb started online writing in 2007. She also worked on staff in medical publishing for more than a decade as a reporter, managing editor and in book acquisitions. She won a Pulitzer Center Global Issues/Citizen Voices Award in 2008. Bodeeb has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Monmouth University and postgraduate credits in psychology and law.
Remedies for Severe Menstrual Cramps
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Overview

Severe menstrual cramps often cause problems with daily activities and quality of life. The pain during the menstrual cycle is either constant or appears sporadically. There are numerous ways you can relieve the pain from cramps to regain normal energy and comfort. Modification of lifestyle and use of medications often results in strong cessation of pain from menstrual cramps.

Over the Counter Medications

Over the counter medications such as naproxen sodium and ibuprofen work to relieve the pain of strong menstrual cramps, notes MedlinePlus.These medications soothe menstrual pain by holding back release of prostaglandins in the body, reports the American College of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an effective way to stop menstrual pain, reports the Mayo Clinic. Acupuncture uses slim needles placed in the skin over painful areas to help relieve pain. This ancient remedy for cramps typically does not cause pain when the needles are inserted into the skin. In research at the Hospital of Korean Medicine in South Korea, SH Cho and EW Hwang found that acupuncture strongly reduced pain of menstrual cramps. More definitive studies are needed to fully prove a connection between acupuncture and relief of cramps.

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Use a Hot Water Bottle

Use a water bottle filled with warm water or use a heating pad over the abdominal area to soothe severe menstrual cramps. The warmth of the pad or water helps the body relax and prevents the pain and spasms of cramps.

Yoga & Meditation

Relaxing the body via yoga and meditation helps relieve menstrual pain. Yoga and meditation utilize deep breathing and focused poses to help calm the body and reduce pain.

Take a Hot Bath

You can relax in a hot bath, which is also an easy way to stop the pain of menstrual cramps. The hot water soothes pain and relaxes the pelvic organs. If the bath water is scented with aromatherapy products, their effect will also help you ease any pain and focus on the pleasure of scent.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) also helps relieve pain due to menstrual cramps. As the TENS device stimulates the nerves, it causes the release of endorphins, which are chemicals that induce a pleasurable feeling and act as natural pain relievers, notes the Mayo Clinic. TENS treatment also elevates the body’s ability to impede pain signals and thus helps alleviate awareness of menstrual cramps.

Exercise

Vigorous exercise helps to quell the pain of menstrual cramps. It keeps the body systems operating smoothly and facilitates optimal function of the menstrual system.

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