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Do Menstrual Cramps Bother You A Lot?

Do Menstrual Cramps Bother You A Lot?

Almost every woman who menstruates suffers from menstrual cramps or painful periods. For some, it is just a minor discomfort, but for others, it can be annoying and unbearable. The pain can be so severe that sometimes women end up missing their work or fun social activities. And the worst thing about menstrual cramps is that they happen every single month and make women suffer for a day or two.

Why do menstrual cramps occur?

Each month, the lining of the uterus known as endometrium builds up for the preparation of a possible pregnancy. If a pregnancy occurs, the fertilized egg gets attached to the lining to be nourished as it develops into a baby. If the egg is not fertilized, there is no need of lining and hence it breaks down and hormones called prostaglandins are released. These hormones trigger the muscles of the uterus to contract so that the lining is squeezed out; this is what causes the cramping. Some women may have higher levels of prostaglandins, which unfortunately worsen the severity of menstrual cramps.

What can be done to get relief from menstrual cramps?

As mentioned earlier, some women may feel the menstrual cramps as a minor discomfort and some women may suffer a lot. If you are one among the women who find menstrual cramps so annoying, you need not bear them silently thinking they are common and spend most of your time by lying on the bed. It is better to know how menstrual cramps can be avoided or lessen their severity instead of suffering. Here are some tips and home remedies which help to ease the pain in a natural way.

  • While suffering from menstrual cramps, applying a heating pad to the cramping areas of the stomach can relax the muscles and helps to get relieve the pain.
  • Foods which contain caffeine and salt may worsen the menstrual cramps. So avoid coffee, other caffeinated drinks, and salty foods.
  • A gentle massage on the abdomen can promote a smooth and even flow of blood. Hence, this can reduce the intensity of menstrual cramps.
  • Being well-hydrated can make liver functioning better, keeping the hormones balanced. Drinking plenty of water during periods can help to get relief from pain, as dehydration can intensify menstrual cramps.
  • Potassium deficiency can cause menstrual cramps. Taking foods which are rich in potassium such as bananas, prunes, leafy greens like spinach etc can reduce the cramps. Along with potassium, bananas are rich in vitamin K, which also balances the menstrual flow and reduces the pain.
  • Aloe Vera can also be used to reduce the cramps. It makes the flow of menstruation constant which helps to decrease the pressure in the uterus and the pain goes away. For this, you have to cut the Aloe Vera into pieces and apply the gel on the affected area.
  • Cinnamon is one of the best natural remedies for menstrual cramps. Consumption of cinnamon either in raw form or by adding a spice to food or tea can relieve you from menstrual cramps.
  • Establishing an exercise routine can avoid menstrual cramps. Exercise releases endorphins into our system, which will reduce the amount of pain we feel. Light exercises can ease menstrual cramps, while intense exercises can worsen the pain.
  • Basil is another very effective herb which helps in reducing menstrual pain and cramps. Add some basil leaves to a cup of boiling water and allow it to cool. Having this drink for every few hours can ease the cramps.

These tips are helpful to ease the menstrual cramps effectively. If anyone who can’t get relief from the pain even after trying these remedies, then there is a need to check with the doctor to rule out more serious health issues.

Do You Suffer From AMENORRHEA?

Do You Suffer From AMENORRHEA?

Amenorrhea is menstrual disorder which is referred as the absence or infrequent menstruation. A woman who misses at least three menstrual periods consequently is said to suffer from amenorrhea. As the menstruation ceases during pregnancy and while breastfeeding in some women, amenorrhea is healthy and natural part of life. But if a woman suffers from amenorrhea in the absence of pregnancy, it is not healthy and can indicate a serious health condition which should be treated immediately to regulate the menstrual cycle.

Symptoms of amenorrhea:

            Though absence of menstrual periods is the main symptom of amenorrhea, but depending on the cause of amenorrhea, the possible symptoms may include:

  • Hair loss
  • Excess facial hair
  • Pelvic pain
  • Acne
  • Headache
  • Vision changes

Causes of amenorrhea:

            Amenorrhea can be caused for a wide variety of reasons. The natural causes of this condition are pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause. But the other reasons for the cause of amenorrhea might be the side effect of some medications or an indication of medical problem. Some of the causes of amenorrhea are listed below:

  • Use of contraceptive pills
  • Medications taken for conditions such as allergies, blood pressure, depression.
  • Lifestyle factors which include excessive exercise, low body weight and increased mental stress can be a cause of amenorrhea.
  • Some of the medical problems which can be a result of hormonal imbalance such as PCOD, thyroid malfunction, and premature menopause can disturb the menstrual cycle and lead to amenorrhea.

A woman with regular menstrual cycle is believed to have good Gynec health. Though many women don’t mind missing their menstrual period, it is very important to discuss about the abnormalities that occur in their menstrual cycles with their gynaecologists. If you find any of the symptoms mentioned above, it is time to get treated by an expert gynecologist.