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#HealthBytes: 5 simple ways to deal with period pain - NewsBytes

Take good care of your diet


Take good care of your diet

Certain herbal home-remedies, containing anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic compounds, like Chamomile tea, fennel seeds, cinnamon, ginger and chilli can help reduce menstrual cramps and swelling.

Additionally, it is advisable to avoid food-items that lead to bloating and water-retention. These mainly include fatty-foods, alcohol, carbonated drinks, caffeine and salty foods.

Cutting down on them can considerably help relieve menstrual pain and tension.


Medications and Heat treatment

Medication: Over-the-counter medications like Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often recommended for menstrual pain and heavy bleeding. These include ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve).

Heat Treatment: A 2012 study of women aged 18-30 suggested that a heat-patch of 40°C was as effective as ibuprofen. You can use a hot water bottle, heating pad or hot-towel.

Essential-oils massage to the rescue

Massage therapy

Essential-oils massage to the rescue

Massage therapy for 20-30 minutes can significantly help relieve menstrual pain.

Several recent studies have proved that using essential oils for massage leads to reduction in the intensity as well as the duration of menstrual pain.

Menstruation massage therapy typically involves pressing of specific points around your abdomen, side, and back.

Having an orgasm can help too

The release of feel-good hormones like endorphins and oxytocin post vaginal orgasms can decrease pain-perception and boost your mood, thereby giving you the much-needed relief from periods-induced discomfort and pain.