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Menstrual Cramps & Premenstrual Syndrome -
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Are you suffering from painful periods? Menstruation does not have to be such a pain. Want to know the right medication and home remedies to treat it? Read below to know more...

Menstrual cramps are a very common abdominal pain experienced by women during their menstrual cycle. Most of the women face them every month and the annoying part about these cramps is that they are sometimes unbearable. These cramps are felt either in lower belly or on lower back. Period pain also known as Dysmenorrhea, occurs due to contraction of uterus line which causes pain in the pelvic and abdomen area. It can occur during menstruation and also before it during pre-menstruation.

Menstrual pain is more common in women who got her periods at a very early age, gets heavy bleeding, overweight or obese, have had any stress or nutritional deficiency. Scientifically, women who have high levels of prostaglandin in their body feels intense pain during periods. Dehydration is another cause behind severe menstrual cramps.

PMS-ing Before Periods

PMS or premenstrual syndrome is caused due to hormonal changes in women before their periods. It can affect the women either physically or emotionally. Menstrual cramp being one of the premenstrual syndromes, other physical symptoms include craving for certain food, sore breasts, bloating, headache, Dizziness, skin problems and so on. Emotional symptoms that might be observed in women are feeling sad, depressed, mood swings, feeling angry and insomnia.

What Type of Medication Can Used for Menstrual Pain?

There are few things that can ease out these cramps. You can consume a medicine to counter the pain caused during periods. Meftal Spas Tablet is highly recommended medication to treat menstrual pain in women. It works by relaxing the muscles of the stomach, thus reducing the symptoms of stomach cramping. Meftal Spas Tablet is a composition of two medicines, Dicyclomine and Mefenamic Acid, that helps by inhibiting sudden muscle contractions, to provide relief from cramps, pain, bloating and discomfort during menstruation. However, doctor consultation is always necessary before taking any medication. Also, it is strictly advisable that pregnant women and breastfeeding women must not consume Meftal tablets. The average duration of the effect for Meftal Spas Tablet lasts for 4-6 hours and the maximum effect is usually observed within 20-30 minutes of administration.

Some of the other medications that one can take for menstrual cramps are ibuprofen and naproxen sodium. The dose and duration should be according to the doctor’s prescription. Aspirin or paracetamol also provides relief in these cramps.

How Can You Get Rid of Menstrual Syndrome at Your Home?

The other things that you can do to get relief from menstrual pain is gentle exercises like running, walking or swimming. Some of the yoga postures and asanas such as child’s pose, forward fold, supine twist, savasana, etc and meditation is also helpful in managing it. Apart from this, taking a hot shower or Putting a heating pad on your belly or lower back also provides temporary relief from period pain because heat enables the muscles of the uterus to relax, hence helping to ease discomfort. Doing a self massage of the abdomen also relaxes these muscles and helps against cramping.

Finally, taking rest is very important during this time of the month. Eating a healthy diet including fruits and vegetables and avoiding sugar, caffeine, smoking and alcohol also helps during menstruation. You can also take supplements rich in vitamin E and magnesium to overcome menstrual cramps.

Some of the other therapies that provide relief from these menstrual cramps are:

  1. Acupuncture
    Research says that acupuncture helps in relieving menstrual pain in women. In acupuncture, thin needles are inserted at some strategic points in the body to overcome the pain.
  2. Acupressure
    Similar to acupuncture, Acupressure also helps in managing period pain. Certain specific points on the body are stimulated by using pressure on skin.
  3. Herbal Medicine
    Meftal Spas tablet is a standard medicine used for period pain. However, if somebody is allergic to it then one can consume herbal medicines such as pycnogenol or fennel to overcome menstrual pain.

Other Causes Behind Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual pain is a normal phenomenon, however if the pain is unbearable then it is always advised to consult a gynaecologist. Severe cramps are also associated with endometriosis, in which tissue grows outside of the uterus due to hormonal issues. An infection in the reproductive organ can also cause a similar kind of pain. Hence, everyone should tract their menstrual cycle and must consult a doctor is any abnormality is observed.

4 Simple Tips To Get Rid of Menstrual Syndrome at Your Home

Dr. Mo Mohseen provides these tips...

  1. Milk and turmeric
    Drink turmeric mixed with milk to relieve pain in periods. Turmeric contains endometrium relax and also produces heat in the body. So next time on these days at night, drink 1 glass of hot milk mixed with turmeric.
  2. Taking a hot bath
    Bathing with hot water during periods gives benefits. Filhaal is the summer season, so you can take a shower with lukewarm water. If you want, you can also grow with hot water.
  3. Green tea
    Drinking green tea during periods will also give you relief.
  4. Black Pepper and Ginger Tea
    You will also get relief from drinking ginger and black pepper tea. Ginger reduces the level of cyclic fatty acids. These acids act like hormones in the body. Take care of one thing, that the quantity of ginger and black pepper is not very much, otherwise your stomach may also get irritated.

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