Have you ever been curious as to what causes the pain and what is going on inside your abdomen? This article explains everything you need to know about menstrual cramps.
Period pain is a common normal part of the menstrual cycle. Most women get it at some point in their lives. It is usually felt as a painful muscle cramp in the tummy (lower side) which can spread to the back and thighs. The pain sometimes comes in intense spasms, while at other times it may be dull but more constant.
Menstrual cramps are caused by an excess of ‘prostaglandins’ hormone-like compounds that are released from the uterine lining. Prostaglandins are chemicals that the uterus makes, these chemicals make the muscles of the uterus tighten and relax (contract). When you have strong uterine contractions, the blood supply to the uterus is momentarily shut down depriving the uterus muscle of oxygen and setting up the cycle for menstrual cramps and pains. Some women with stronger menstrual cramps have stronger uterine contractions than others do when giving birth and vice versa.
So as long as we decide not to get pregnant and be free for 9 months, we will continue to bask in period pain glory😊..
The pain can sometimes start days before the period and it is completely normal if the pain continues even after the period has ended. During the period some symptoms are diarrhea, cramping, bloating, and irritability. Some people also experience dizziness, headache, loose bowels, nausea, etc.
One interesting fact is that some people tend to have severe menstrual cramps without any clear cause.
So you aren’t alone, we all experience this crazy pain every month, may God help us😣.
Menstrual cramps can be reduced but can’t be permanently eliminated
Here are some ideas that can limit the pain;☺
- Dietary supplements like Omega 3 fatty acids and magnesium, may reduce the pain. ✔
- Try to relax. Emotional stress may increase period pain. Meditation and relaxation can reduce the severity. ✔
- Drink more and plenty of fluids (water). ✔
- Drink more teas, herbal teas. ✔
- Exercise, physical activity, and especially yoga may reduce the pain. ✔
- Heat, using heating pads on the abdomen during the period, or having a hot bath or shower MAY reduce the pain. ✔
- Skip the treats, candies, sugary foods, etc. ✔
- Stop smoking and avoid alcohol, they have substances to make it worse. ✔
- Eat anti-inflammatory foods like tomatoes, olive oil, green leafy vegetables, nuts, and fatty fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, and fruits. ✔
And also pain killer helps, but too much of it can lead to ulcers and other health issues.
if your period is causing you significant pain, consult your doctor, because menstrual pain can also be a sign of a serious problem. EXCESSIVE PAIN IS NOT NORMAL. ❗❗
FOODS THAT CAN MAKE CRAMPING WORSE
. Fried foods. ❌
. Candy. ❌
. Fatty foods.❌
. Milk and other dairy products. ❌
. Caffeine, cut down on your coffee☕️ intake ❌
. Canned foods. ❌
. Beans, food healthy and rich in fiber and vitamins can upset your stomach during periods.
And now to the most discussed issue. SUGAR✨
DOES SUGAR REALLY INCREASE MENSTRUAL CRAMPS❓
YES IT DOES ✅✅
When you take a lot of sugar, your body produces a wide variety of inflammatory chemicals, which as well includes ‘prostaglandins’ as a response to raised blood sugar levels. This is your body’s response to toxic agents, and as long as they persist, Prostaglandins will continue to be produced and add to the inflammatory process.
The so-satisfying sugar can cause periods to be erratic and so painful. Sugar is ‘inflammatory ‘ in nature and it increases the blood supply in the uterus. This leads to major water retention which further leads to abdomen pain.
Refined sugar also causes the body to retain sodium and water, which leads to bloating and mood swings.
SO SUGAR CAN LEGIT MAKE PERIOD WORSE❗❗