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5 Quick Remedies for Period Cramps

by Voices Wellness 26 Jul 2021
Photo: Blood

Discomfort during the time of the month is more common than you think. Ease period cramps with these fuss-free solutions. By SAMANTHA FRANCIS.

The time of the month isn’t always the best experience for most women, as it’s common to feel discomfort around the abdomen, lower back, and thighs. During the menstrual period, the uterus contracts to help expel its lining, while hormone-like substances like prostaglandins involved in pain and inflammation induce uterine muscle contractions.

Thankfully, for women who suffer from menstrual cramps and primary dysmenorrhoea not caused by gynaecological disease, quick remedies are aplenty.

1. Take paracetamol

The most common painkiller available in Singapore, paracetamol typically doesn’t have bad gastrointestinal side effects and can be consumed with or without food. When choosing between Panadol Menstrual and regular Panadol, note that the former comes with pamabrom, a mild diuretic that relieves water retention and bloating. If cramps are your only concern, regular Panadol will do.

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2. Use a heat patch

Placing a heated patch on your abdomen can boost circulation in your abdomen and relax the muscles in your uterus, thus reducing pain. Try MenstruHeat by homegrown brand Blood, a menstrual cramp heat patch offering up to 12 hours of relief. Designed to be easy to use, the patch heats up in five minutes and flexibly contours around the natural stomach curve for comfort and heat distribution.

3. Do gentle exercises

During your period, take your workout intensity down a notch with gentle exercises and stretches. According to studies, exercise promotes a natural endorphin high, which can elevate your mood and leave you feeling better. In the days leading up to the start of menstruation, try yoga or Pilates, both of which can help relax your body and possibly cut down symptoms like breast tenderness and muscle fatigue.

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4. Avoid caffeine and salt

If you’re already prone to pre-menstrual symptoms like bloating and cramping, consider staying away from food that can cause abdominal discomfort and water retention. These include fatty foods, alcohol, caffeine, and salty foods. Alternatively, enjoy food rich in potassium like dark leafy greens and avocados, as these decrease sodium levels and increase urine production to reduce period bloating.

5. Sip on soothing teas

If you prefer a natural remedy, try brewing a pot of ginger tea. Commonly used in Asian cuisine, ginger is packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidative phytochemicals that can balance chemicals in the body causing pain. Meanwhile, chamomile tea can increase glycine, a nerve and muscle relaxant in the body—start easing it into your diet a week or two before the start of your menstruation.

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