8 Life Changing Ways To Stop Period Pain
If you’re suffering from period pain, you don’t have to put up with it. These are options. Of course, check with your doctor.
Try These First
Both cardio and stretching mitigate period pain, says a 2014 study. Working out releases mood-enhancing beta-endorphins and boosts circulation.
Pop ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen with food every 6 to 8 hours starting 2 days before your flow, says Juliet Nevins, M.D., an ob-gyn in Brooklyn. Four pills (800mgs) of ibuprofen every 8 hours for the first two to three days is safe unless you have gastric issues.
A 15-minute aromatherapy rubdown may reduce cramps, perhaps due to more blood flow. Lie faceup with a pillow under knees. Our 2 milliliters of lavender oil on belly; rub gently in circular motions around the navel and upper pelvis.
Weird, But Might Work
According to a study published in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics in June 2015, this root is an effective as an NSAID in relieving period pain. Take a 250 mg supplement every 6 hours.
You know that flexible, colorful tape athletes are often sporting? A study in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science found it helps with period pain, Place a short strip between your belly button and the top of the pubic-hair area, a longer strip horizontally between the hip bones.
A doctor’s injection of vitamin K1 into an acupuncture point just above the inner ankle improved menstrual pain for an hour, according to a small study of 14 women last year in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.
When All Else Fails…
Some women’s pain during menses is so severe, doctors suggest serious painkillers like hydrocodone. “Try everything else first,” Dr. Nevins says. “Narcotics use can quickly lead to dependency, especially if you rely on them every month.”
Sometimes period pain is the result of problems like fibroids or endometriosis. This kind of pain tends to start earlier and last longer than regular cramps, and sufferers don’t often have the nausea or diarrhea that can accompany them. Your doctor may suggest fibroid removal, a laparoscopic procedure for endometriosis, or in very serious cases, hysterectomy.