If you’re in that time of the month and it just makes you want to sleep all day or curl up in bed because of your menstrual pain, then you’re probably tempted to pop painkillers just so you can proceed to do your daily activities without wanting to drag your feet again.
The common medications prescribed for menstrual pain are ibuprofen, paracetamol, naproxen and mefenamic acid. Yes, it is probably the easiest way to get rid of pain, but just like any other medicine, it has side effects when taken in excess or prolonged use. Side-effects usually include bleeding disorders and damage to the liver, gastric problems, stomach pain, dizziness, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting. These are only a few of the side-effects that are probably not worth the immediate relief especially when you’re used to taking these medications. It is not recommended to use painkillers unless the pain is excruciating and needs immediate attention.
Below are a few things that you can consider in order to prevent or relieve menstrual pain without the use of medications:
We’ve heard this so many times before and yes, this is absolutely true. Being physically active and exercising regularly helps reduce pain during your time of the month. It doesn’t always have to be strenuous exercises or extreme weight lifting. Even yoga, pilates, walking, and cycling are helpful.
Juices & Tea
While you’re curled up in bed in pain, you can sip your hot lavender tea, raspberry tea or jasmine green tea to soothe the pain. Aloe vera juice with honey is also well-known in easing the flow and reducing menstrual pain. Surprisingly, even a tall glass of carrot juice also assists in regulating the blood flow! (Plus, it’s good for your eyes too.) Avoid caffeine as much as possible and just substitute your daily dose of coffee for tea. Caffeine has chemical properties that exacerbate pain.
Don’t forget this. It’s an oldie but a goodie. Applying a hot pad or a water bottle helps in relaxing your abdominal muscles. It also improves blood flow. Another substitute for this is to take a relaxing warm bath or shower.
Cigarettes have chemicals that make the blood composition thicker. It also constricts blood vessels that hinder proper blood flow that contributes to menstrual pain.