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Last Updated: Aug 20, 2023

Top Nine Periods Pain Relief Tips

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Dr Sarika JaiswalGynaecologist • 21 Years Exp.MBBS, MS - Obstetrics & Gynaecology
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About 90% of menstruating women suffer from menstrual cramps two to three days each month. Also, menstrual cramps can mean headaches and general malaise, but pain is usually caused by menstrual cramps. Menstrual cramps are so severe that doctors even label them dysmenorrhoea. This is a very common condition. Seizures aren't usually a sign of a serious medical condition, but they are possible. Coping with monthly cramps are as frustrating as going through a heavy menstrual cycle. The happy news is that there are several therapies available to assist ease cramps.

Why cramps? 

Your uterus contracts to assist discharge it's lining throughout your menstrual cycle. Prostaglandins, which are molecules implicated in tension, irritations, and inflammation, cause uterine muscular spasms. Menstrual cramps are interlinked with a higher amount of prostaglandins.

If your periods are irregular, or excruciatingly painful, determining and treating the source of your abnormalities may be critical to your health. Other methods of cramp relief, such as hormonal birth control, work by inhibiting the formation and shedding of the endometrium.

1. Drink more water 

Drinking hot water instantly increases the blood flow in your body and relaxes your muscles giving them instant relief from pain.

2. Prefer herbal tea 

Certain herbal teas include anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic substances that help lessen uterine muscle spasms that cause stress. Menstrual cramps are believed to be relieved naturally and instantly by drinking chamomile, fennel, or ginger tea. Furthermore, these herbal teas provide additional advantages such as stress reduction and sleeplessness relief.

3. Anti-inflammatory diets 

Some foods can relieve cramps naturally and are very tasty. Anti-inflammatory foods increase blood flow and help relax the uterus. Berries, tomatoes, pineapple, turmeric, ginger, garlic, etc. Please try to consume green leafy vegetables, almonds, walnuts, and fatty seafood like salmon to help minimize inflammation.

 4. Say no to snacks

Brownies and French fries may sound delicious, but foods high in sugar, trans fats, and salt can cause bloating and inflammation that worsens muscle soreness and cramps. Grab a banana or other fruit for goodness, or unsalted nuts for a savory treat.

5. Reach for decaffeinated coffee 

Caffeine constricts blood vessels. This can cause the uterus to contract, making the spasms more painful. If you need coffee during your period, switch to decaffeinated coffee. Replace coffee with a high-protein snack or a 10-minute walk.

6. Try  supplements 

Omega-3, vitamin E, vitamin D, and magnesium supplements can help decrease inflammation and period discomfort. Some supplements interfere with prescriptions, so always check with your doctor before beginning any new regimen.

7. Add heat 

Heat pads are believed to relax the muscles, improve blood circulation, and relieve tension. Try heat pads and hot water for better results. You can buy electric heat pads available online for menstrual cramps. 

8. Stress 

Stress can increase cramps. Use stress-reduction techniques known as meditation, deep breathing, yoga, or whichever approach you like. If you don't know how to de-stress, try our guided images. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine yourself in a safe, tranquil atmosphere. Spend at least a few minutes in this zone, without breathing heavily and deeply in and out. 

9. Get an orgasm to relieve discomfort.

This may appear unusual, yet it works quite well. Menstrual cramps are reported to be relieved by oxytocin and endorphins generated during intercourse. Menstrual cramps can be reduced by up to 70% thanks to the endorphins produced.


Tracking your period symptoms can be of great help to you and your doctor.  Being fully aware of what will happen in the time given will help you prepare in advance. You can easily keep track on your periods with the help of a period tracker device available in your mobile phone. Knowing your whole menstrual cycle can help you make various health decisions. Irregular menstrual cycles can be a sign of things like hormonal changes or thyroid problems. Try to keep a check of your cycle. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!

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