Apply heat to uterus area (lower abdomen)
An at-home remedy for easing cramps is the application of heat via a patch, wrap, electric heating pad, or hot water bottle. (Dr. Yen likes this Lavender wrap by Sonoma Lavender Store) This can relax the tensed muscle wall of your uterus and boost circulation. Additionally, the soothing effect of heat can be beneficial for curbing other period symptoms such as body aches. Heat patches and electric heating pads can be found at pharmacies and other retailers.
Avoid certain foods like sugar
Maintaining an anti-inflammatory diet while menstruating can help reduce period symptoms. More specifically, swapping processed foods with nutrient-dense options may decrease bloating and discomfort that are typically experienced during a period. Additionally, iron-dense foods (i.e. leafy greens) are great to implement to replenish iron lost during heavy bleeds. With all of that being said, it’s okay to honor your cravings. Some foods that are considered less “healthy” may be beneficial. For instance, dark chocolate is high in magnesium, which helps boost your mood.
Have an orgasm
Sex and masturbation can reduce period pain! Having an orgasm leads to the release of hormones/neurotransmitters such as oxytocin and dopamine, which serve as natural painkillers. These chemicals may also help reduce stress and boost relaxation.
Try hormonal birth control
Not only is hormonal birth control very effective at preventing pregnancy, but it can also help reduce period symptoms. Individuals who take the pill report lighter periods that are accompanied by less if any pain. It’s also possible to use the pill to skip your period altogether. By taking the active pills continuously (i.e. skipping the row of placebo pills), you can prevent the drop in hormones that causes a bleed. If this is an option you are interested in, please see your doctor to discuss your condition and treatment options available to you.
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