They can be such a hassle and a nuisance in our daily lives. Personally, I don't have cramps every month but when I do experience them, they're a 13 on a 1 to 10 rating scale. This one time, the ache was just too much for me so I took painkillers and long story short: I ended up in the emergency room for 6 hours because my eyes were so swollen that I couldn't even see! (Apparently, I'm allergic to Ibuprofen.) Not only was the vaccine painful, but I had to skip school the next day because my eyes were still puffy! I know, worst disaster ever. I can never take pain medication to help my menstrual cramps again...so what am I supposed to do if next month, that pain in my lower abdomen comes back? I resorted to asking something, or shall I say someone, better than Google: my mom. She told me a bunch of tricks and made me try each one until I found which one was best for me.
So whether you're allergic to pain medication or you just want to take the homeopathic route, here are some simple solutions on how to get rid of that horrible feeling down there: (take note that these tips are just based from mere experience; they won't work every time and they won't work for everyone so try to find which one works for your situation.)
I know what you're thinking: "Noooo, physical activity?! Can't I just lie down forever until it ends?" You can if that's more effective for you, but this works too. That's because standing up and moving around can actually help your blood flow and the muscles in your lower abdomen area relax. It's like the alternate version of flexing your muscles when you get a leg cramp!
2. Drink up: water and tea
Drink tea; not iced tea, but herbal tea. Not only is this ideal for menstrual cramps, but they also help with PMS. If you're not into the regular Chamomile tea, how about something flavorful like Mixed Berries or Lemon and Ginger?
Drink lots of water. You should already be doing this but when you get cramps, drink more than you usually do and try it with some lemon juice! The lemon can actually decrease bloating (a reason why you're having cramps in the first place).
Don't drink coffee or soda. I know, this one sucks but these drinks can actually cause more pain. This is because unlike lemon, they can actually increase bloating.
3. Chill out, bro: take a break
I don't know about you but when I feel really tired or sore, I love a really hot shower, especially when it's my time of the month. Try to take a warm shower; stand there for a while and let the warm water wash away the pain. You can even listen to your power playlist! When none of these supposedly effective tricks help, just lay face down on your bed and relax. That helps too.
- Victoria Urrutia
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