About 80 percent of women experience pain during menstruation at some point in their lives. However, for some of them, it could last from the start of their periods until menopause.
Pain and discomfort are often considered part of menstruation. Eighty percent of women experience pain during menstruation at some point in their lives. However, for some, it may last from the beginning of their periods until menopause. For most women, menstrual pain can be managed through some lifestyle change. Speaking to IANSlife, Aastha Sharma, co-founder of Imbue Natural, shares tips that can help you ease menstrual pain and manage it efficiently:
Exercise: Engaging in physical activities has also been shown to reduce menstrual pain. Walking, running, swimming or yoga can help you relieve pain. Exercise releases hormones such as endorphins and serotonin that act as natural painkillers.
Switch to healthy snacks: Your diet plays an important role in keeping your uterus healthy. Hormonal imbalance during periods often leads to cravings for unhealthy foods. As you give in to your food cravings, be sure to eat snacks that are healthy and provide you with essential nutrients. Be sure to include healthy fatty acids such as Omega 3 in your diet. Fiber-rich foods such as vegetables, legumes, and whole grains are known to reduce cramps during menstruation.
Stay hydrated: menstrual cramps will feel more painful if you are dehydrated. Be sure to drink at least 2 to 3 liters of water a day. You can also include fruit juices in your diet that will nourish your body while keeping it hydrated.
Heat therapy: pampering your body during your period can not only reduce pain but also help your body relax. Women often use hot water bottles to reduce cramping and soothe the abdominal region; however, a hot water bottle can be tedious when trying to control the temperature and find instant comfort. An alternative to this is to use oils to relieve menstrual pain. Rosa de Imbue Period Pain Oil is one such alternative that is made with the goodness of pressed cinnamon, yarrow, and vetiver oil. The self-healing properties of this oil help reduce menstrual cramps and elevate mood by relieving stress.
Take a break, stop working: women are often taught to keep menstruation a private matter, and talking about periods is often stigmatized. We are expected to endure the pain and get through it. The stress of work and home life can add to physical discomfort. You should listen to your body and give it a break when it needs it.