Best Ways to Soothe Period Cramps

Menstrual cramps are the worst! Whether you experience mild discomfort or debilitating pain (we feel you!), here are some of the best ways to soothe period cramps.

What Causes Cramps?

In order to soothe cramps, it’s important to understand what causes them. Period cramps are caused by contractions in your uterus. During menstruation, your uterus contracts and sheds its lining, which is then released through your vagina. If the uterus contracts too strongly, it can press against nearby blood vessels, cutting off oxygen and causing pain.

Use a Heated Patch

Because heat increases circulation, a heated patch can help soothe the uterus muscles. You can use a heating pad or purchase disposable abdominal heat patches.

Essential Oils

Some research shows that essential oils can help ease period cramps. This can be done by gently massaging the oil such as lavender, sage, rose, marjoram, cinnamon, or clove onto the abdomen. If you are using essential oils from the jar, mix them with coconut oil before applying.

Exercise

Although it might be the last thing on your mind when you are menstruating, According to a 2018 study, low-to-medium aerobic exercise can help reduce period cramps. Consider biking or doing something fun like dancing or playing a sport.

Soak

Because heat increases circulation, soaking in a hot bath for 15 to 20 minutes can help soothe your stomach, back muscles, and pelvis.

Take Vitamins/Supplements

Specifically, it was found that magnesium helped relieve cramps. Other supplements like calcium, fish oil, and vitamins B6, B1, E, D, and B12 may be helpful. Always consult with your doctor before taking any new medications or supplements.

Avoid Caffeine and Sodium

Caffeine and sodium (salt) both can cause inflammation, water retention, bloating, and discomfort, which only exacerbates cramps.

Do you have any tips for soothing period cramps? Share them with us in the comments below!

 

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