Menstruation is a normal activity for the reproductive system of women and happens on a regular basis for 5 to 7 days in each month. The abnormalities of menstruation are a symptom, not a disease. During menstruation, a woman faces many problems such as painful menstruation or menstrual cramps.
Causes of Menstrual Cramps
Other factors that are known to lead to menstrual cramps include stress, depression, anxiety, and smoking. Therefore, reducing or eliminating these risk factors may help to reduce the severity of cramping during menstruation.
1. Failure of ovulation to occur
2. Elevation in the serum Prolactin
5. Stoppage of menstrual flow
6. Excessive menstrual flow
7. Irregular/ infrequent periods
9. Emotional stress
10. Excessive exercise
11. Underweight or malnourished
Symptoms Menstrual Cramps
1. Pain in the abdomen
2. Premenstrual tension
3. Menstrual cramps
8. Difficulty in concentrating
9. Fullness in the breasts
Home Remedies for Menstrual Cramps
1. Adding a handful of common salt in bath water helps in relieving pain during menstruation.
2. A heating pad can be placed on the lower back or abdomen for relief from the discomfort of menstrual cramps. A heating pad, one can be easily made by filling a sock with flak seeds or uncooked rice and heating it in the microwave for about 2 minutes.
3. Eat yogurt or drink two glasses of milk daily for calcium deficiency. Calcium supplement can also be taken.
4. Take half cup of Parsley (ajmoda) juice every day. It is an effective home remedy for women who suffer from either painful or no menstrual flow.
5. Drink a glass of milk with a half teaspoon of cinnamon everyday.
6. Take 1 to 2 tea spoons of sesame seeds in a glass of water and boil it. This mixture should be taken two times a day. It helps to get relief from severe pain, especially to women with anemia as they suffer the most during menstruation.
7. Raw papaya is recommend for women (especially young females) suffering from poor flow of blood during their menstrual period and also for those who experience severe pain. It helps in proper functioning of the uterus muscles and enables the proper flow of blood.
8. Banana leaf, cooked in little oil should be taken with curd. It gives relief from the pain and excessive blood flow.
9. Guava pulp (remove seeds) should be mixed with milk and honey is another good home remedy for pain during menstruation.
10. Boil 15-20 seeds of coriander with boiling water, until half the water is evaporated. Drink this for 2 times a day. It will give fast relief from menstrual pain and will also control the excess blood flow.
11. Eating a gooseberry every day is a helpful home remedy.
12. Raw vegetables and fruits such as white pumpkin, papaya, drumstick, snake gourd, bitter gourd and cucumber are recommended during menstruation cycle.
13. Avoid meat, fried food, sweet and poultry and dairy products and junk food.
14. Take bath with hot water mixed with chickpea plant. It gives relive from Menstruation pain.
15. Take one teaspoon of Marigold two times a day. This helps in reducing the pain during menstruation and also increasing the flow.
16. Take thirteen to twenty-five grams of the Indian barberry herb, during excessive bleeding.
17. Boil two tablespoons of hermal seeds in half a litre of water. Take it daily during the menstruation cycle, to reduce the pain.
18. Cinnamon is a muscle relaxant that inhibits the production chemicals that cause menstrual cramps. The cinnamon powder can be sprinkled on toast or coffee.
19. Herbal tea made by boiling ginger in water helps in relieving menstrual cramps.
20. Regular exercise helps in relaxing the muscles and improves general health. This can reduce muscle tension and pain.
21. Drink Chamomile tea a couple of days before menstruation is helpful in controlling menstrual cramps.