How to Relieve Period Pain
Clutching at your stomach in agony, while lying in bed being completely unproductive is a situation far too many of us are familiar with, but when it comes to period pain, many women choose to suffer in silence. We’ve compiled our best tips for overcoming cramps and beating Mother Nature to help you get on with your life - regardless of it being ‘that time of the month’.
Although, getting out of bed is probably the last thing you want to do with yourself as you sink into a second tub of ice cream while watching Bridget Jones’s Diary, trust me when I say, exercise is one of the best cures of stomach cramps. You don’t have to run a marathon or climb a mountain to feel the benefits, anything that gets your blood pumping, even a simple, calm stroll will do the trick.
Heat and massage
If getting up and moving isn’t easing the pain, try applying heat to your stomach or lower back when you are suffering from period pains to increase blood flow to the specific area and soothe the muscles. Getting lot’s of rest during your period is essential too, using a heat pack can help you to relax and get the most out of an afternoon nap! We recommend cosying up with the ThermoDr Jumbo Body Heat Wrap in front of your favourite film to directly target the pain and instantly sooth a sore back and tummy. Taking a warm, relaxing bath may also be effective at relieving pain, or gently massaging the affected area can encourage blood flow and relax muscles to ease cramps. Get a friend or partner to rub your lower back or gently knead your stomach to alleviate the pain.
Although, drinking multiple bottles of wine may be all you want to do right now, avoid tobacco and alcohol if you want to abolish your period pains. Introducing foods rich in vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium, such as fish, nuts, dark leafy greens and dark chocolate, are more likely to relieve your symptoms.