Men and women are designed differently by the Mother Nature. They are biologically different from head to toe. Women suffer from menstrual cramps once in a month.
A woman experiences the mild or severe cramps during her reproductive years in the lower back or the pelvic area. These hormonal changes are not symptoms of any sickness, nor do they affect the normal life. But women experience a high level of psychological and physiological discomfort due to these period cramps. These pains are sometimes even severe and go beyond cramps, to vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.
Menstrual cramps even known as dysmenorrhea are mainly experienced by young women who have never conceived. Menstruation cramps are caused due to the strong contraction and relaxation of uterus muscles. These pains often are at ease after pregnancy and after taking contraceptive pills during sex.
In some cases, painful periods are related to other conditions like fibroid tumors or because of growth of uterine tissue outside the uterus. Such conditions must be consulted with a gynecologist for treatment.
When Should You Seek a Doctor’s Help?
- If pain doesn’t stop after taking over- the- counter pain relievers like Ibuprofen.
- If you have pelvic pain and if it is not concerned with your periods.
- If you have fever, nausea or vomiting during your periods.
Eat more of calcium-rich foods, foods high in antioxidants and lean proteins such as tofu and cold-water fish. Consume less of food which has white flour or sugar, trans-fat, caffeine, and alcohol. Always be engaged in some physical activity and some yoga when not in periods, it relaxes the body. Drink lot of water to stay hydrated.
Special attention is to be taken about your food habits during your periods for controlling the menstrual cramps.
- Decrease the consumption of sugar, salt, and oil.
- Nutritional supplements help reduce the pain.
- Consume fish, chicken, vegetables, and fruits along with rice.
- Try keeping a hot water bag above the stomach for some time to relieve pain.
- Try some simple workouts such as yoga in the days before you get your periods.
- Eat dates regularly
- Avoid using painkillers on an empty stomach.
- Avoid the intake of tea, coffee, coke, chocolate, etc during periods.