It’s that time of the month again when a woman’s cycle comes. Question is, is her period a good friend with cleansing properties or a nemesis which brings in menstrual cramps? Lucky are those who can still sleep soundly while on their periods but for three out of four women experiencing menstrual cramps, the struggle is indeed real!
Menstrual Cramps or Dysmennorhea are usually caused by the contraction of the uterus during a woman’s cycle. This is a throbbing pain which usually radiates even to a woman’s lower back and thighs. In some cases, pain comes when there is heavy blood flow, after giving birth to a woman’s first child or when there is an overproduction of prostaglandins or hormones made from sites where tissue damages are present and inflamed.
Other causes of menstrual cramps may be due to:
While these menstrual cramps do not necessarily or often cause medical complications, experiencing such gives much burden to women as it interferes with the activities — both physical and mental, a woman does in a day.
Yes, an exercise could be a good remedy for menstrual cramps even when you can barely move! By doing physical exercises, your body is able to release endorphins which best counteracts prostaglandins, and thus reducing cramps. It does not have to be huge movements! You can even stick with brisk walking.
A study from BMC Women’s Health has concluded that using heat patches poses the same healing effect as that of ibuprofen for dysmenorrhea. If heat patches are to no avail, you may opt to take a warm bath or use a hot towel.
A study from American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that drinking chamomile tea can help relieve various health ailments including menstrual cramps. In the study, there is a significant increase in hippurate in the urine samples. Hippurate is a natural anti-inflammatory drug that decreases prostaglandin production.
Water has its own natural healing capacity. This alone would explain how drinking lots of it can be a remedy for dysmenorrhea as it eases belly bloating. To make water consumption more palatable, consider adding some mint or lemon wedge to your glass.
The hormones are the most delicate balance system of our bodies, and optimal hormone balance is critical to our physical and emotional wellbeing. Estrogen dominance is extremely common among both women and men in industrialized nations. A normal part of the ageing process, it involves a strong influence from estrogen and/or increased estrogen activity due to the production of estrogen metabolites. Contributing factors include stress, high-fat diet, smoking, environmental estrogens, and environmental toxicity.
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In this article, we focus on how PRIVITA helps support women’s reproductive system with the gentle and natural ingredients by promoting healthy menstrual flow.