How to relieve period pain

Published 05/22/2020, by ,

Also known as menstrual cramps, these abdominal pains can sometimes interfere with your quality of life during the first week of your cycle.

These lower abdominal pains are caused by molecules that help the lining of the uterus to break off during menstruation known as prostaglandins. These substances cause the uterus to contract, making it easier for the lining of the uterus to detach and expel itself. Prostaglandins are therefore essential but can, when in excess, cause uterine cramps, in the same way that an overstrained muscle can cause cramps.

Most of the time, the pain is intense during a woman's first menstrual periods and then diminishes over the years. If, on the other hand, the pain intensifies over time, another cause may be suspected, such as endometriosis.

Techniques to relieve them:

Heat has a very beneficial effect on menstrual pain. Applying a hot water bottle can be effective, especially at nighttime. Heat has the effect of dilating blood vessels and relaxing muscles, which, in turn, alleviates uterine cramps.

If necessary, you can supplement these techniques with painkillers, taking care to ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. Avoid aspirin, which makes the blood thinner and risks intensifying your periods.

For aromatherapy enthusiasts, dilute 3 drops of ylang-ylang essential oil in a teaspoon of your carrier oil of choice. Then massage your lower abdomen with this mixture. The soothing and anti-spasmodic properties of this oil can offer you some relief during the beginning of your cycle.

In addition, moving and being active helps to fight pain.

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