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6 tips to get relief from horrible period cramps
01 Sep 2021
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At a glance:

What causes period cramps?

What can you do to get relief from period cramps?

Is getting a period cramp normal?

What are the different types of menstrual pain?

When should you consult a doctor?

It’s that time of the month!
Most of us have been there. We have experienced really bad period cramps that make us feel helpless and weak. We must have envied women who get to enjoy their painless period while most of us simply have to deal with the irritability and bloating every month.
In this article, you will read about the main causes and types of period cramps. We will also discuss the best home remedies to relieve period cramps.

What causes period cramps?

During menstruation,  the muscles of your womb contract and relax to help shed the built-up tissue lining in your uterus. You experience pain as a result of your uterus getting squeezed. The squeezing of the uterine muscles helps your body to push the unwanted layer formed inside your uterus out through your vagina during your period. 

What can you do to get relief from period cramps?

Here are a few quick home remedies to get relief from period pain.

Taking over-the-counter (OTC) medications

Women often take Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are the primary over-the-counter (OTC) form of pain relief used for menstrual pain before the discomfort turns into unbearable pain.

NSAIDs help lower your body’s production of prostaglandin. Prostaglandins are hormones produced by your body that cause the muscles and blood vessels of the uterus to contract. 

On the first day of your period, the level of prostaglandins is comparatively high and the levels go down as the unwanted lining of the uterus is shed.

Consuming NSAIDs as soon as you start to feel pain or the day before your period starts can be helpful in leaving you with less pain and cramping.

Be careful not to overuse NSAIDs. If you have a history of heart, liver, or kidney problems, or if you have asthma, ulcers, or bleeding disorders make sure to consult with a specialist before consuming them.

Use a heat patch

Applying heat to your abdomen and lower back can help relax the muscles of your uterus and reduce period pain. Using a heat patch or a hot water bag increases the blood circulation around your abdomen.

Heat therapy opens up your blood vessels allowing more blood and oxygen to flow through them. It is also well effective in reducing muscle spasms.

In case you don’t have a heat patch or a hot water bag handy, you can also take a warm bath or use a hot towel to do the job.

Try some yoga poses 

Practicing yoga is an effective pain-relief strategy when it comes to period pain.

Yoga poses can help stretch and relax your belly, pelvis, hips, and lower back muscles to help you relieve the pain naturally.

There is a variety of yoga poses recommended by expert yoga practitioners that you can try at home to get relief from your period pain.

Yoga also has the added advantage of stabilizing the emotional symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and menstruation.

Having an orgasm

Masturbation is nothing but touching yourself for sexual pleasure. It is completely normal and an enjoyable behavior that can lead you to an orgasm.

The great news is that vaginal orgasms involve your whole body, including your spinal cord, which triggers your brain to release endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals produced by our body that helps in relieving stress and pain. Thus it can help you subside your period cramps too.

There is no clinical evidence that orgasms have a direct effect on menstrual cramps. But, it can surely lift up your mood. So why not? 

Drinking herbal tea

Expert nutritionists suggest that intake of certain herbal teas can help relieve menstrual cramps.

Try drinking chamomile and peppermint teas. These herbs contain anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic compounds that experts believe can reduce the muscle contractions and swellings associated with period pain.


Some women find relief from painful period cramps simply by taking good rest. It is very important that you give your body time to reboot and relax while you are on your period. Being active during the earliest days of menstruation may worsen your cramps. Stay hydrated, eat healthy food and give yourself a break.

Is getting a period cramp normal?

The truth is that there’s no proved “normal”. Most women experience period cramps and feel discomfort around their abdomen, lower back, and thighs when they’re menstruating. Period pain or its medical term being dysmenorrhea can vary in intensity from woman to woman. Each woman is said to experience unique menstruation symptoms. 

What are the different types of menstrual pain?

Period pain can be broadly classified into two types.

Primary dysmenorrhoea

Women with primary dysmenorrhoea tend to experience menstrual cramps as a result of increased levels of prostaglandins, which makes the contractions stronger.

Secondary dysmenorrhoea

This type of period pain is caused by an underlying reproductive disorder that has to be taken care of. The pain tends to worsen over time and often lasts longer than normal period cramps. Some of the disorders include:


A medical condition in which the tissues lining the uterus (endometrium) start to grow outside the uterus and spreads on the fallopian tubes, ovaries, or the tissue lining your pelvis.

Uterine fibroids: 

They are noncancerous growths in the wall of the uterus that can cause pain.


 A medical condition in which the tissue that lines your uterus (endometrium) begins to grow into the muscular walls of the uterus.

Pelvic inflammatory disease: 

This is a sexually transmitted bacteria that cause infection in the female reproductive organ. 

Cervical stenosis:

A medical condition in which the cervical wall in some women is small enough to impede menstrual flow which can cause painful cramps.

When should you consult a doctor?

Although period cramps are very common, severe pain that affects your daily life activities should never be ignored. If you have very painful menstrual cramps that last longer than two or three days, make sure you visit a gynecologist to diagnose the cause of your menstrual pain as soon as possible. Also, look out for the following symptoms:

  • Pain spreads to your lower back and thighs 
  • Pain is experienced as a result of heavy flow
  • Severe pain leading to headache or dizziness  
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding 

It is always advisable to consult with a gynecologist and get regular checkups to stay healthy and safe.

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