If you’re not wanting to reach for an NSAID when the dreaded monthly friend comes, I have 5 natural ways to deal with menstrual cramps for you today.
Currently that time of month for you or almost here? Alright then, see number three quickly, grab that cup of tea, and let’s get into the nitty gritty.
Now listen ladies, I am certainly not here to judge if and when you do need to grab an NSAID. Desperate times call for desperate measures; those of which I have succumbed to as well.
But we cannot deny the fact that NSAID’s can and will do nothing great for the gut. The more we can avoid, the better.
And so I put together some alternatives for you to consider and try the next time you’re hunched over in pain.
Before I share these 5 natural ways to deal with menstrual cramps, let’s discuss what causes them in the first place.
What Causes Menstrual Cramps
First, did you know that the medical term for menstrual cramps is Dysmenorrhea? No? Well now you do.
In general, without any serious cause like endometriosis, uterine fibroids, etc., cramps are due to prostaglandins, which causes the uterus walls to contract and then shed its lining, resulting in your period.
According to Natural Cycles, “If prostaglandins levels are higher, more pain is often associated with the cramps. This varies from woman to woman, but cramps are likely to become less painful as you get older or after childbirth.”
As a side note, high prostaglandins are produced in response to injury or infection and cause inflammation, which is associated with the symptoms of redness, swelling, pain and fever. (source)
To learn even more and see an awesome graphic associated with this, check out Stefani’s post, Menstrual Cramps: An Introduction.
Let’s figure out how to deal with them because most of you are dealing with them still in some way, shape, or form.
5 Natural Ways to Deal with Menstrual Cramps
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- Hot Bath with Epsom Salt. But really, is there anything a hot bath cannot help? Here is why a hot bath with Epsom Salt might be a double-bonus: relaxation. To learn more about Epsom Salt, check out a post I wrote long ago called Epsom Salt is Magical. Epsom Salt is used a lot for both muscle aches and constipation because it relaxes the muscles. This is also what you’re likely trying to do when the menstrual cramps become unbearable. Get in the tub, pour in some Epsom Salt, and relax. Dr. Teal’s Lavender is my jam.
- Seed Cycling. If you’ve never learned about seed cycling, stop reading this post right now and check out, “What is Seed Cycling?” In the post, I talk about my personal seed cycling results. Spoiler alert, here is number 2: Barely any cramps. I have been known to get awful pre and during-cycle cramps. I rarely get any cramps anymore. Maybe one day with mild cramps, but that’s it. It can’t hurt to try, especially when you get to eat delish things like my Low-FODMAP Seed Cycling Energy Balls.
- 100% Organic Period Tea. Seems like there is a tea for everything, right? This one is legit. You can see the full ingredients HERE, but it contains things like ginger, cinnamon, and red raspberry, which have been known to help ease cramping. The flavor is smooth and comforting. But you don’t just have to take my word for it. Here are some things other people are saying, too: “Very soothing tea,” “Helpful and tasty,” and “I love this tea. It really helps, even the aroma has me relaxed before I start sipping.”
- Heating Pad. After the last trail race I ever ran in California, I ended up in the ER. I had the worst stomach and back pain; it would not subside. Part of trying to get it to let up was my husband running to the store to get a heating pad. It never worked then (because something was awfully wrong – to this day I believe I was just severely dehydrated), but it sure has worked ever since for menstrual cramps. I kind of feel like a 90-year old woman when my cramps hurt so bad that I hop into bed with fuzzy socks and the heating pad toggling between my back and stomach. But it works. Seriously, any old heating pad will do.
- (Type of) Tampon Reconsideration. Do you remember when I wrote, “Top 4 Organic Tampons?” In it, I discussed how I switched tampons and noticed a direct correlation between no (or fewer) cramps and the type of tampon used. Please consider this for yourself as well. If you have to use a tampon anyways, might as well make it one that will not exacerbate those awful cramps.
Okay, ladies — sharing is caring! PLEASE tell me if you have another way to naturally reduce menstrual cramps. We’d all love to know, so put it in the comments below. And seriously, go grab some of this tea. I totally heart Earth Mama.
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