Cramps affect most women during their period. Most women who menstruate witness period pain for a few days in every month. Some people experience mild cramps, while others experience something even more severe. However, period pain could be a headache, general discomfort, and all that, this pain is usually caused by menstrual cramps. Dealing with menstrual cramps monthly can be as annoying as it is painful.

Menstrual cramps occur when uterus contracts to shed the uterine lining, resulting in pain in one's stomach, lower back, groin or upper thighs. In cases of mild cramps, you seriously don't need to visit the doctor, except cramps persist. You can always try home remedies to ease your discomfort. Here are things to do to reduce menstrual cramps and period pains.

1. You can try exercising

According to recent research, low to medium intensity aerobic exercise can help reduce pain resulting from period cramps. If you are thinking of exercising, you should consider biking, dancing, playing a sport you enjoy or go for a brisk walk. It is quite understandable that you'll not be thinking of trying exercise when you’re in pain. Still, you should also know that gentle exercise releases endorphins, helping reduce pain, relax muscles, and make you feel happy. You can also try yoga for like 15 to 20 minutes, or light walking or stretching, which could be what you need to feel comfortable. 

2. Drink more water

Condition like bloating could result in discomfort, therefore making menstrual cramps even worse. However, drinking water helps reduce bloating during menstruation and ease some of the period pains. You could also try drinking hot water; it increases blood flow through your body and helps relax your muscles. Drinking water helps reduce cramps caused by uterine contractions. 

3. Take over the counter medicines ( OTC meds)

In most cases, the hormone prostaglandin causes muscle contractions and pain. But with anti-inflammatory medicines like Ibuprofen provides a swift relief by reducing the amount of prostaglandin in your body. It's most advisable that you take OTC meds when you start feeling period cramps, it gives you the best and fastest results. 

4. Try herbal teas

Some people might be surprised at the fact that herbal teas works, Yeah, it does. Herbal teas have anti-inflammatory properties and antispasmodic compounds that reduce the muscle spasms in the uterus which is the major cause of cramps. One easiest natural way to reduce menstrual cramps is by drinking chamomile, ginger or fennel tea. Herbal teas have other benefits that help relieve stress and insomnia. 

5. Eat more of anti-inflammatory food

Do you know that there are some foods that actually offers natural relief from menstrual cramps with very nice taste? Of course, yes. Fruits like berries, tomatoes, pineapples, and spices like, ginger, garlic or turmeric, then almonds, walnuts, leafy greens and fatty fish like Salmon, all helps reduce inflammation. Anti-inflammatory foods help promote blood flow and help relax the uterus. Try any of the above options and share your experience in the comment box.

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