10 ways to make your periods less painful.

1. Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated can help you in more ways than you thought. It prevents acne, keeps
away cramps and can especially help in bloating. If you are having enough water your
body won’t retain liquids keeping you comfortable. Having warm water is also known to
increase blood flow to the skin and helps in relaxing cramped muscles.


2. Massage with essential oils for pain relief
Massaging with essential oils like lavender, clary sage and marjoram can also help in
relieving menstrual cramp pain. Researchers have found out that the average duration of
pain reduces from 2.4 to 1.8 days after self-massaging with essential oils.


3. Supplement Yourself
Increase magnesium and calcium intake in your diet, not only during your periods but
throughout the month. These nutrients are said to work together and aid in muscle
relaxation. Avoid intake of calcium through dairy products and rather consume spinach,
black beans, and almonds. And if you experience loose stools, then reduce the dose.

4. Stay away from Caffeine
Caffeine, especially from coffee, is a vasoconstrictor it constricts blood vessels. It may
cause the vessels that feed the uterus to tighten more than they do in non-coffee
drinkers. If you are a diehard coffee drinker and can’t cut it out entirely, try avoiding it just
before a week from your period and see if you notice a change.


5. Curl up with a heating pad
Using a heating pad or a hot water bottle is a simple, tried and tested way of reducing
muscle spasms. According to an analytical report, it is said to relieve pain in 90 minutes
after starting as compared to nearly three hours of taking ibuprofen.


6. Consume dark chocolate
It’s not unusual to get chocolate cravings on your period, but make sure you opt for a
healthy alternative. Dark chocolate will satisfy your craving, help in relaxing your
muscles and keep you happier without any intake of large calories compared to other types
best suited of chocolates.

7. Pop a safe pain-killer
Though having a painkiller is an instant way to cure period pain, you should strictly
consult your doctor before taking one. Your gynecologist will prescribe-suited
medicine to your body. Commonly prescribed medicines include
ibuprofen/paracetamol, naproxen 250 mg, and Medspas.


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