Periods causing you pain? Cramps are a common menstrual complaint among women, don’t let them take over your month. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take and we show you how to stop cramps.
Check out our 3 simple yoga moves that will ease menstrual cramps and leave you feeling de-stressed.
Cramps (period pains) occur when the muscles in your uterus contract, breaking down the uterus lining and passing it out of your body as menstrual flow.
Menstrual cramps are pains in your lower abdomen and pelvis. Many women experience period pain, usually beginning just before menstruation and lasting for a day or two.
To find out more about what happens to your body during menstruation, have a look at our page on the Menstrual Cycle.
Gentle exercise is the best way to ease painful periods. Stretch your muscles and relieve monthly pains with these 3 simple yoga moves:
Breathe deeply, and use blankets or cushions for support and comfort. Only hold each pose as long as it feels comfortable for, don’t push yourself.
There are some simple at-home solutions for monthly cramps that will give you period pain relief. Small changes to your lifestyle can stop painful periods and help you to take control of your menstruation period.
Try out these symptom relievers.
Massage your lower abdomen to relax muscle tension. Soak in a hot bath. Heat your pelvic area with a hot water bottle or a cherry stone pillow.
Avoid caffeine, choose camomile tea instead. Eat fruit and vegetables for vital vitamins.
Menstrual cups are a healthy alternative to pads and tampons. Many women find that using a cup trains and strengthens pelvic floor muscles, making period cramps much less intense. Check out Get Started with a Menstrual Cup to know more and get started with a healthy hygiene alternative.
If you are experiencing severe cramps that are lasting for a number of days, or are causing real discomfort then we recommend you visit a doctor for a health check.
Do you have more questions or concerns? We have put together helpful pages to answer your period questions. Have a look at our additional links, below, which will guide you through starting your first period, period problems or help you to get started with a menstrual cup: