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Self Care Methods I Use To Get Rid Of Period Pains

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One thing most women have in common are those annoying pesky period pains. You don’t know how lucky you are if you never get those but keep on reading as you may need to help someone that does.

 

I am writing this post today because finally, I have a hang of it and I know how to manage painful period pains well enough that it doesn’t interfere with work and other activities. 

 

You want to hear these tips, some you may already be familiar with or not. If I haven’t mentioned a tip that works for you, please comment below so we can all learn something new today. Here goes..

 

How To Get Rid Of Period Pains At Home

 

Method #1 – Get Ahead

You have to get ahead of that beast before the actual day. What I do it take light pain medications starting from 3 or 4 days to the actual date. It is advised to use NSAIDs like Ibuprofen but I just like to use Tylenol because I suffer from other gastrointestinal and digestive problems that get aggravated by when I use medications like Ibuprofen. I only opt for that when I absolutely can’t handle the pains. Doing this has helped me a lot in reducing the pains I get during this period.

 

 

Method #2 – Heat Therapy With Hot Water Bottle

My mum gave me my first hot water bottle at the age of 14 and I have had it ever since so you know  I have been on a life-long battle with painful periods. Heat therapy simply means the use of heat in alleviating pains and physical traumas.  Heat therapy works by relaxing the muscles of the uterus, increasing blood flow and easing the pain. You can use a hot shower, heating pad, sit in a sauna but I prefer the good old water bottle. It’s safe, portable and you can move around with it. Fill it up with hot water, lay down and place it over your lower belly. Make sure it’s well closed and secure to avoid accidents. It is very soothing and relaxing and I mostly end up falling asleep from all the ease. 

 

 

Method #3 – Drink Turmeric Tea

I learned this method from my vegan sister. She is into herbs and roots and has lots of natural remedies for these kinds of things. Even if I stop all the other methods, this one will be with me for a very long time. I can’t believe how well it works. Turmeric contains curcumin which is a potent anti-inflammatory property. Turmeric tea is known to decrease pain and intensity of periods because it’s antispasmodic properties for less cramping. This a healthy and natural alternative to pain medications and the best part is you can drink as much as you want, unlike meds. However, turmeric is also known as a blood thinner, on one hand, helps your blow flow freely without clotting up and causing cramps but can also lead to excessive flow and prolonged periods. So make sure to change your sanitary product of choice every few hours to avoid staining.  I use this tea for the first two days only. It tastes great and is so healthy.

 

 

Method #4 – Excercise Or Take Walks

I noticed that whenever I exercise the week before my period, I am not in as much pain as when I don’t. What exercising does for me is to keep my period on time because when your period is delayed, it leads to a thicker uterine coating that still needs to shed and flow out of your body each cycle. The longer your period is delayed, the more painful it will be if you usually experience pain.

 

 

Method #5 – Drink Parsley Tea For Delayed Cycle

Parsley is one of those vegetables that need to be avoided by pregnant women because it may induce early labor. Parsely is known as a natural emmenagogue which is a compound that can induce period. It does this by making your uterus contract and shed the blood lining eventually leading to your period. This method and it works well every time but you have to be sure your delayed cycle is not due to other health reasons or pregnancy before drinking parsley tea.

 

 

Method #6 – Drink More Water

Everyone should be drinking at least 2 liters of water per day. Water has loads of benefits for all aspects of your health but it is extremely important for free-flowing blood. Dehydration without replenishment can lead to thicker blood that can also lead to painful cyles. I make sure I get my daily water intake by filling out my big water bottle in the morning and making sure I finish it by evening. Cut pieces of fruit in your water if you find plain water boring. 

 

 

Method #7 – Get The Necessary Vitamins in Your Diet

Omega 3, Calcium and Vitamin D are one of the vitamins that are absolutely necessary for pain management. Calcium has anti-inflammatory properties while vitamin D allows the body to absorb calcium. I love omega- 3 encased capsules, great from those who want the benefits but can’t stand the smell of fish oil. A great alternative for this is to include salmon and dairy in your diet to get these vitamins naturally. 

 

 

Please comment below what you think and if you have tips to share as well. 

 

 

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