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Relieving Menstrual Cramps

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I don’t experience it, but growing up with a sister and having a girlfriend make me much aware how painful menstrual cramps can be. According to them (and medical and health books), here are some sure-fire ways to alleviate the horror:

Be active. I know that the only thing women usually want to do when they have cramps is to lie down and do nothing. According to my sister, moving about is the better alternative. She says that taking long walks not only help forget the pain, but it actually alleviates the pain. Women’s health magazines back this up, saying that being active makes the body release positive endorphins which help keep the ache at bay.

Consume less caffeine and sodium. Caffeine in coffee, tea, and chocolate increases the speed of body processes, including your bleeding so this will only exacerbate the pain. Just try to cut back on the caffeine in your beverages. This is the same for salty foods. Sodium causes bloating which in
turn makes the cramps worse.

Take vitamins and minerals, especially calcium. Studies show that women who take calcium have less if not zero menstrual cramps. Take magnesium also since it helps thebody absorb calcium. Don’t forget to consult your doctor or nutritionist for the correct intake.

Hot compress over the abdomen helps alleviate cramps. You can also have a massage. This will soothe aching and tense muscles.

Doctors also recommend sex (with orgasm). It relieves the pain because of the muscle action that can move blood and other fluids away from congested organs.

You can also take pills for menstural cramps, but you can always have this for your last resort.

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