The majority of women know that every month they are likely to experience the pain and discomfort associated with premenstrual tension (PMS). Unfortunately there is not all that much that you can do to stop the cramps completely, but there are a number of things you can do to help reduce and alleviate the symptoms:
Create comfort and warmth with a hot water bottle
When you are suffering from menstrual cramps, something that can really help ease the pain and discomfort you are feeling is a hot water bottle. Put the hot water bottle in your bed, or snuggle up with it on the sofa with it clutched to your abdomen. Alternatively, if you don't have a hot water bottle you can use a wheat pillow or toy that you warm up for a couple of minutes in the microwave and then place it on the affected area, some people find that it is more comfortable to use than a hot water bottle. The warmth helps to ease the cramps and other symptoms as well as helping you to relax. If you don't have a hot water bottle or wheat pillow handy, you can also use a hot towel or take a warm bath, it is the heat that is important.
Use magnesium for cramps
Using magnesium for muscle cramps is known to have many benefits thanks to the muscle relaxing qualities that this essential mineral possesses. Magnesium helps to regulate neuromuscular signals, muscle contractions and balance levels of calcium within the body, and in turn leads to the easing of muscular pains and cramps. Using magnesium for period cramps has been shown to be effective at soothing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). In addition, some studies have also suggested that some women may experience relief from mood changes with regular use of magnesium supplements.
Get some exercise
When you are feeling rough due to it being your time of the month, you may want to just hide away, stay inside and cuddle up in bed or on the sofa whilst trying to soothe the cramps and pains you are experiencing. But in actual fact, this may be counter-intuitive as one of the best ways that you can ease the pain and discomfort you feel whilst on your period is to go out and get some exercise. Although the gym is likely to be the very last place you want to be when dealing with menstrual cramps, working up a sweat helps to alleviate the pain and discomfort by releasing endorphins – feel-good chemicals that provide a natural 'high'. So next time you are suffering with period pain, why not go for a brisk walk in the sun, go for a swim or go lift some weights – whatever type of exercise you choose, it will help you feel better again in no time.