Sometimes your monthly period sneaks up on you. Other times, the abdominal pain is so severe, you think you are going to die. As you have probably been told this pelvic pain occurs when the uterine muscles tighten. Those of us with painful periods and inflammation may have more prostaglandins than our friends or sisters.
Prostaglandins are a natural body chemical that causes contractions of the uterus, bowel and blood vessels. Sound like your monthly friend? Read on for ways to help reduce period pain – naturally.
- Apply heat – Heat can relax muscles, so place a heating pad, heat wrap or hot water bottle on your abdomen.
- Get a massage – Massage can relax your body and your mind.
- Eat healthy– Vegetables and healthier fats, such as nuts, fish and olive oil, can reduce your body’s inflammation.
- Go for a walk – Exercise, even a walk around the block, releases endorphins, which makes you feel better.
- Fill rooms with the scent of essential oil- Diffusers placed throughout your home and filled with lavender, rose and Ylang Ylang essential oils can help you relax.
- Use herbs- Women have used herbs to reduce menstrual pain for hundreds of years. If an herbal formulation is something you might want to try, look into Cramp ReLeaf®.