Period season is the worst- you are having crazy cramps, your mood swings are legendary, you get turned into a bloody Mary and your favorite white pair of pants are forced to wait till God knows when. If you think that is worse, best believe there are women who experience side effects such as nausea, breast pains, headaches, back pain, stomach upsets as well as dizzy spells. Is it just me or does anyone else find it weird how menstrual symptoms are almost similar to pregnancy symptoms?
When it gets to that time of the month, most women have it rough. I am sure you have come across those memes of how one has to get into weird sitting or lying positions to ease that torturous menstrual cramping. If you struggle with period cramps, below are simple ways that you can relieve period cramps at home:
1. Take a hot shower/ bath to relieve period cramps at home
When you catch yourself heading for cramp-relieving meds, try giving yourself a hot shower session. A hot shower relieves period cramps by relaxing your muscles, hence relieving your cramps. The result is a significant drop in the pain, both cramping and headache.
2. Place a heat patch around your tummy area
Since you cannot spend the entire day taking hot showers, a heat patch/ wrap does the job at the comfort of your bed or floor. Say goodbye to that awkward back-breaking sitting position by sticking a heat patch around your stomach. The heat helps relax your muscles, relieving the cramp pain. If you have no heat patch, you can DIY it by filling a plastic bottle with hot water then wrapping it around your towel before placing it on your tummy area. You just have to be super careful lest you burn yourself and cause yourself double trouble.
Kotex Kenya have heat patches, so maybe that can be a good place to start if you are looking for one.
3. Yoga for period cramp relief
Weird, I know. You are looking into relieving cramps by getting into something that has pain for its middle name. However, study shows that by getting into certain yoga positions, you help improve general blood flow and hence reduce period pains. The same applies to any exercise that will give you relaxation and relief. The secret here is to not go ham on the High Intensity (HIIT) but opting to those that give you a simple stretch.
4. Ginger and cinnamon to relieve period cramps at home
Ginger and cinnamon are natural products that have been used for years to relieve period cramps at home.
Clean your ginger and cinnamon over running water.
Peel the coats then crush them.
Add your crushed ginger and cinnamon in a pot of water then bring it to boil.
Cool the concoction then sip.
If you don’t like the taste of the tea, feel free to add honey or your sweetener of choice.
Ginger is used as a natural pain-reliever. On the other hand, cinnamon has anti-inflammatory benefits. Together, they form the perfect natural pair to help relieve period cramps at the comfort of your home.
5. Hydrate during Menstruation
Taking lots of water curbs period pain indirectly by reducing bloating. By doing so, the cramping is significantly reduced. Ladies, the secret to relieving your period cramps is to take as much water as possible. In addition to cramp relief, your body needs water during this time of your cycle since you are losing fluids through menstruation.
6. Get a gentle massage around your abdomen
In order to promote blood flow around your abdomen, get yourself a gentle massage. It is important to use massage creams that have pain-relieving essential oils in them such as lavender and sage. This will ultimately relieve your period cramps.
Rest has to be the most important part of your routine during your menstrual period. Stay away from doing tedious activities and get yourself 8+ hours of sleep. While you are chilling, get into comfortable sitting or sleeping position to soothe the pain. Your body generally demands for rest and gentleness during this time so it is important for you to listen to it and respond accordingly.
PS: I am not a medic or a trained menstrual health specialist. These are remedies that have worked for me and for those around me. Please consult a doctor if your cramps are agonizing. Also, do your research before running with any information.