As women, we all know that period cramps are experienced by all women regardless of age. Period pain came in various settings where some women felt excruciating pain to the point of fainting and some would just experience less pain and more mood swings. The menstruation process is a normal cycle that all women would experience once they reach puberty.
During your period, the muscles of your womb contract and relax to help the shed built-up lining. Sometimes you’ll experience cramps, which are your muscles at work. While some women and girls may experience nausea, vomiting, headaches or diarrhea as well.
For the ones that experience pain and still want to go on their day, this is a few steps that we can take to decrease the pain:
1. Taking over-the-counter
It’s common to feel discomfort around your abdomen, lower back, and thighs when you’re menstruating. What you can do is taking a medicine to reduce the period pain as it is the fastest way to take pills such as painkillers and Panadol. Girls, did you know even Panadol itself has a pill for menstruation pain?
2. Apply heat
A study showed that 147 women age from 28 to 30 years old who experience period cramps found that a heat patch was effective enough to lower the pain. Other than a heat patch, a bottle of warm water placed on the abdomen and lower back can also be a way of applying heat.
3. Massaging with essential oils
Massaging is very effective in reducing a lot of pain and menstruation cramps. You can do your massaging therapy around the abdomen for 20 minutes to lessen the pain. The process involves pressing the specific points while moving around the abdomen, side and back. Adding aromatherapy to the therapy also helps the individual to calm down and bring down the pain.
4. Avoid certain Foods
During the menstruation cycle, it is better to avoid food that can cause bloating and water retention, such as fatty food, alcohol, carbonated drinks, caffeine and salty foods. It is not good for your health too.
5. Adding herbs to your diet
Herbal remedies contain anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic compounds that experts believe to narrow menstruation cramps. It helps minimize the contractions and swelling associated with menstruation pain. This is a list of herbal supplements that women can take such as chamomile tea, fennel seeds, cinnamon, ginger and dill.
These are the essential tips in reducing menstruation pain that everyone could try. Please be cautious when trying as different individuals will experience different healing processes and please consult with a doctor if the tips do not fit you.
What tip works for you? Will you try these tips for your menstruation pains?
- Wan Nur Izzah Binti Azmi is a student from the faculty of Film, Theatre and Animation.
- Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Syuhaidi Bin Abu Bakar is Deputy dean of Industry, Community and Alumni Network(ICAN) and Senior Lecturer, Faculty Film, Theatre and Animation.
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