5 Ways to Relieve Menstrual Cramps

Dr. Richa Agarwal    11-07-2019 Consult

Menstrual cramps can be painful and irritating, but they're super common and there are lots of ways to treat them.

1. Drink More Water

Drinking more water may help ease bloating, which makes symptoms worse. Get in the habit of drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water per day, especially during your period. Add some mint or a lemon wedge to make it more palatable. 

2. Heat

Placing a hot water bottle or heating pad against the abdomen can relax the muscles and relieve cramps. Heat helps the uterine muscle and those around it relax, which may ease cramping and discomfort.

3. Gentle exercise

Although exercise may be the last thing that many women feel like doing when they have cramps, it may provide pain relief. Strenuous exercise might not be beneficial if a person is in pain, but gentle stretching, going for a walk, or doing yoga may help. Exercise also releases endorphins, which are nature's natural pain relievers.

4. Orgasm

An orgasm is a great remedy for menstrual cramps. Similar to exercise, having an orgasm releases plenty of endorphins and other hormones that relieve pain, helping a person feel good.

5. Massage

Getting a massage or doing self-massage over the abdomen can also relax the pelvic muscles and alleviate cramping. People can gently rub a massage oil, body lotion, or coconut oil into their skin.


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