It is very common while menstruating to have slight discomfort and cramps in the lower back, abdomen region and around the thighs. What happens during the period is that the muscles in the womb relax and contract alternately to shed the built-up lining wall. The cramps experienced during this period are simply a result of the action of the muscles. The severity of cramps differ from one lady to another, in some it is just minor and may not really require any special attention. In others, it is so severe that it can result in headaches, vomiting, nauseous sensations and diarrhea.
A few reasons for severe menstrual cramps include:
- Being under the age of 20, or just starting to experience the menstrual cycle.
- Over production of prostaglandins, which is a hormone that influences the womb.
- Heavy blood flow.
- Endometriosis, which is abnormal tissue growth in the uterus.
- Use of birth control measures.
- Growths in the womb.
Relieving the cramps
By simply applying heat to the lower abdomen and back regions you can sufficiently reduce the effect of the cramps. Studies have shown that applying heat of about 40oC has the same effects as ibuprofen. To achieve this you can use a hot water bottle, a towel dipped in warm water or just take a warm bath.
Use of essential oils
Studies have shown that when the lower back and abdomen area are massaged with oils it helps to reduce the pains felt during menstruation. It is best to mix the essential oils with a carrier oil, doing this you will sufficiently suppress the effects of the cramps.
Have an orgasm
Even though there is no medical proof to back this claim, science believes it could help and testimonies abound to that effect. Vaginal orgasm helps to trigger the release of neurotransmitters like oxytocin and endorphins which have a great effect on pain reduction.
In conclusion, it is also advised to abstain from foods like caffeine, alcohol, salty foods, carbonated beverages and fatty foods during menstruation.