PMS or premenstrual syndrome is
characterized by cramps. PMS starts a few days before period. Its symptoms vary
from mood swings, bloating, nausea, headache to irritability. Here are some
tips to alleviate PMS.
that time of month again, and you just want to crawl into bed and lie down till
the pain subsides, or till the painkiller has done its job. But there are
better ways to counter cramps.
Cramps and PMS
let us see what causes cramps. We get cramps because the lining of the uterus
releases a substance called prostaglandins. This causes contractions often
causes the uterus to go into spasms, which is what causes pain, and may even
lead to lightheadedness, dizziness and nausea. Menstrual cramps
begin after you have started your period, while pre-menstrual syndrome or PMS
starts a few days before your period, and includes mood swings, bloating,
nausea, headache and a general feeling of unease and irritability.
may be impossible to walk when you are in the throes of pain, but before the
pain begins, it helps if you have been walking around or doing some light
exercise. Walking improves circulation to the pelvic organs and reduces
muscle tension. Try doing when the cramps strike. If you are physically
fit and exercise regularly, you are less likely to suffer painful periods.
applying pressure to the area between the bones between your big toe and the
second toe, which is just around a cm below the two toes. This acupressure
point is known as Liver 3. Applying pressure here relives menstrual discomfort.
a glass of warm water with a teaspoon of turmeric powder (haldi), or ginger
tea. These relax uterine muscles and relieve cramping. Similarly, chamomile or
mint tea also help reduce pain.
Hot water bottle
down and place a hot water bottle on your stomach, back or legs, whatever gives
you the most relief.
your back hurts during your period, massaging it with eucalyptus oil can be
very effective. Similarly, massaging your back, stomach, legs or any body part
that hurts with a lotion that contains chamomile or with evening primrose oil
can be very effective. Do not massage yourself with evening primrose oil when pregnant though.
Pill may be a good birth control option for women suffering from severe menstrual cramps, as women on the pill rarely suffer from cramps. But when
you get off the pill the cramps return with the same intensity as earlier.
down your caffeine intake. Too much caffeine can aggravate not just menstrual
cramping, but also menopausal hot flashes. And remember, caffeine is not found
only in coffee but also in chocolate, black and green tea and many soft drinks.
yourself in a warm bath for around fifteen minutes. If you don't have the time
to do this, when you do shower, make sure you shower with warm water. Avoid
taking a cold shower, as it will aggravate the pain. Similarly, some women
report having severe cramps on days they washed their hair so avoid washing
your hair on the days of your period that are the most painful for you.
you are susceptible to urinary infections, don't have sex during your period.
The cervix - the opening to the uterus, widens during menstruation, to help
blood and uterine tissue flow out. This widening leaves the uterus more
vulnerable to infection.
suffer from cramps before your period? What kind of PMS symptoms do you get?
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