How to eliminate menstrual cramps?

Menstrual cramps in the lower abdomen, back or thighs can range from mild discomfort to severe agony. Usually, the discomfort begins immediately before or around the onset of menstruation. You may also experience headaches, diarrhea or constipation, nausea, dizziness or fainting during this period.

Menstrual cramps are not experienced by all women, although they are a typical aspect of how the body functions.

To relieve menstrual cramps, try the following:

  • Use a heating pad or hot water bottle to apply heat to your belly, or take a hot bath. Heat can relieve pain in the same way that medication does.
  • Use a small amount of Holief's cream for menstrual cramps in the lower abdomen.
  • Place a cushion under your knees and lie down to elevate your legs.
  • Draw your knees up toward your chest while lying on your side. This will help take pressure off your back.
  • Instead of tampons, try using sanitary napkins.
  • Exercise regularly. It may help relieve pain.

Menstrual discomfort is often relieved with over-the-counter medications.

  • Menstrual discomfort and cramps may be relieved with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen.
  • When discomfort begins or one day before the menstrual cycle starts, start taking the suggested amount of the pain reliever.
  • Take the medication for as long as the symptoms would persist if you did not take it.
  • Use acetaminophen, if an NSAID fails to relieve pain.

If over-the-counter drugs do not work, prescription medications are a good alternative. For most women, birth control hormones decrease bleeding and relieve menstrual discomfort. 

Heat to reduce menstrual pain

There is no exact science in this, as in everything else, and besides, each person is unique. Maybe what works for one person won't work for another, but there are certain universal truths. And, certainly, heat can help relieve menstrual cramps.

Temperatures above 140°F activate internal receptors that block pain. When cells in our body die or are injured, we experience pain, and heat seems to "turn off" pain at the molecular level.

Our uterus is still a muscle that contracts during menstruation to remove the remnants of endometrial tissue. By applying heat to the abdominal area, the muscles relax and uterine cramps are less intense.

What is the cause of this?

The contractions in the uterus are necessary for the endometrium to separate, and this is what can cause the discomfort. After all, what is contracting is a muscle, and heat helps that muscle relax. Also, since the endometrial tissue that lines the uterus behaves like honey, the more we "melt" it, the better our body will discharge it.

Also, heat for menstrual pain will relax your muscles while acting on the neural system by increasing the sensitivity threshold of the pain receptors. Why does this happen? Because heat improves blood flow, arterial flow and oxygen supply, the sensation of pain is likely to be reduced.

Not only that, but there is more. Heat also helps relieve edema, which relieves heaviness. So, without a doubt, in the menstrual week, giving heat to the most painful spots is a must.