PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) is the symptoms that some women feel right before and during their periods. These can be physical or emotional. They are caused by hormonal changes that your body goes through during your menstrual cycle causing PMS to happen.
For many women PMS is very common and happens during every period, however some lucky ladies only are affected by PMS every once in a while. But we all know it can be really uncomfortable and painful. Most women will get cramps during their periods at some point in their lives.
They usually feel like throbbing pains in your lower belly. Cramps are usually worse during the first few days of your period, when your flow is the heaviest. So here are some relief methods to help you through this painful but beautiful week!
- Over-the-counter pain medicine like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Always follow the instructions and only take as recommended
- It sucks because who wants to exercise on their period. But doing aerobic exercise, like walking, running, riding a bike, swimming, or any activity that gets your heart rate up, will ease pain. Regular exercise (at least 30 minutes most days of the week) is ideal.
- Putting a heating pad on your belly or lower back. Or you can take a hot bath. Heat will ease the pain and relax your muscles.
- Having an orgasm (by yourself or with a partner). It actually does help, so why not?
- It is as simple as this. Get plenty of rest. Sleeping regularly every night can help with stress, mood changes, and feeling tired or fatigued.
- Hormonal birth control (like the pill, patch, ring, implant, and hormonal IUD). These can either shorten periods, ease the severity of a menstrual cycle or they can stop regular bleeding altogether. As soon as you come off the birth control you body will go back to its natural cycle.
- Certain vitamins and herbs like vitamin B1, fish oil, fenugreek, ginger, valerian, zataria, and zinc sulfate can help also. Always keep vitamins in your diet, or take vitamin supplements. If you don’t get enough calcium, take a supplement of 1200 mg of calcium daily. Magnesium and Vitamin E might also help.
- Eat healthy foods like fruits, veggies (especially the leafy green ones), whole grains, and yogurt. Make sure to limit fat, salt, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol.
Periods are not gross, and vaginas are not dirty. We are beautiful creatures of earth and we are reminded of that every time we bleed.
Your mothers blood kept you alive for 9 months in her womb. It is the reason we can re-create. Menstrual blood is life-giving.
I know the pain is horrible, but try embrace it. Us as women across the globe have all experienced menstruation in one way or another. Think of that connection. There is so much power in that unifying experience.
We don’t want you in pain 24/7 so, try one of these or many of these relief ideas and find what works for you. Your body is beautiful, and it does so much for this world. Love it, accept it and work it!
Written by Sophia Ivory
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