Painful menstruation, also known as Dysmenorrhea literally implies ‘difficult menstruation’. Every month during menstruation, when the uterine lining is shed, the uterus contracts, these contractions can be quite painful in women suffering from dysmenorrhea. Pain could be localized in the lower abdomen area, but it can radiate down the thighs, in the vulva or lower back as well.
This wave like throbbing pain is usually accompanied by diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, dizziness or headache. The pain could begin 24 hours before menstruation and can last for almost 48 hours. Fortunately, there are several home remedies that will help you to get back to normal.
Best Home Remedies For Menstruation Pain
Iron is quite important during menstruation. This is because the iron supplies could be reduced due to heavy bleeding. Therefore, include apricots in your daily diet during this period, as they are rich in iron content.
Cinnamon has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties that alleviate cramps. You can use this spice in the form of tea or sprinkle cinnamon powder on sweet rolls or toast.
In case, your periods are heavy, then drink cinnamon tea a day before and also during your period to get relief from pain.
Besides curing menstrual cramps, the circulation is also improved to the ovaries by using fennel. Pound fennel seeds (about 1 tsp). Add this to the boiling water (1 cup), steep for about 5 minutes, strain and consume this hot concoction.
This is one of the best home remedies, especially if you are experiencing diarrhea, vomiting or nausea due to hormonal changes and cramping. Ginger soothes the stomach and also has anti-inflammatory property.
Pound ginger (1/2 an inch) and boil in water (1 cup) for a few minutes. Strain the liquid. You can sweeten it with sugar or honey. Drink this tea 3 times every day after meals. Another variation is to add lemon juice (2 tsp), honey (1 tsp) and crushed ginger (1/2 tsp) in the black tea. Drink this at regular intervals throughout the day.
The level of prostaglandin in the body is reduced by flax seeds. Take flax seeds (about 2 tbsp) daily during periods.
Prepare coriander tea by using coriander seeds (about 15 – 20 seeds) in boiling water (1 glass). Continue to boil the liquid until the water is reduced to almost half.
Allow this concoction to stand for a few minutes and then consume it. You can add honey or sugar to reduce its bitter taste. Besides reducing pain, the tea also decreases excess blood flow.
Banana is an effective fruit to be consumed during menstruation to relieve pain. In case, you have stomach or back pain, then cook banana leaf in a little oil. Consume this cooked banana leaf with curd to get relief from pain.
Also, raw papaya is quite helpful in treating menstrual problems. Women with less bleeding problem or suffering from intense pain can consume raw papaya.
Women who are anemic can experience a lot of issues during menstruation. ‘Sesame seeds’ is a great solution for this problem. Mix sesame seeds (1 -2 tsp) in water and boil it. Allow it to stand for a few minutes and strain the mixture. Drink this concoction two times daily. Also, you can simply consume sesame seeds along with water twice during menstruation.