Top 5 tips for dealing with period pain

Top 5 tips for dealing with period pain

Many women suffer with cramps at that time of the month. Here are a few tips to help you tackle them

Cramps are uterine contractions caused by prostaglandins, a hormone-like substance. The contractions help get rid of the uterine lining that is shed during your period. Usually the pain is mild, but sometimes it can be severe.

Apart from reaching for the painkillers, what are the best tactics to deal with period pain?

1. Rest and relaxation

R&R is very important at this time of the month. Relax by meditating or practicing yoga. Get enough sleep before and during your period to help you cope with any discomfort.

2. Consider exercise

You may not feel like it but aerobic exercise can make you feel much better. In fact, studies have shown that ‘that time’ of the month is actually a brilliant time to exercise.

If you’re not up to that, even some gentle stretches will help ease cramps. Even that sound like a bad idea? Then don’t do it! This is the time to be listening to your body and only you know what you feel up to.

3. Hot baths and heat pads

Some like it hot! A soak in a warm bath can do wonders to get rid of cramps. Or try a hot water bottle or heated pad.


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4. Consider supplements

Talk to your doctor about supplements. Vitamin B1 and magnesium have been shown to help some women with period pain.

5. Talk to your doctor

If your period pain is severe, it’s worth talking to your doctor about medical options that might be right for you. Hormonal contraception may be an option, for example.

Other things to make that time of the month easier

For a start, you need to make sure you’re using the best female protection for you.

Don’t miss our top 5 ways to deal with PMS either either.

Let us know how you tackle cramps

We’d love to hear your thoughts. Maybe you’ve got a tip that might help other women?

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I find drinking lots of filtered water and eating a clean fresh diet helps with my heavy cycle.

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I take a well known brand of cramp painkilers, them and a hot water bottle and a film and cuppa and i am cosy and cramp free for a while.

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I use basic painkillers and a hot water bottle. Laying down on your side can ease the discomfort too. My son brings me cups if tea on demand as well! If it gets bad see your doctor as they can prescribe strong painkillers that may help you feel sleepy but will make you rest and cope better.

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I have a toddler so it is very hard to relax when mother nature turns up but walking, hot baths in the evening and get heat packs (they're safer than hot water bottles with my toddler around) do really help me. If you have to have pain killers i will say just get normal ones. the ones that are marketed for period pains have the same make up as those for back pain and headaches.

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