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Although menstruation is a totally natural biological function, many women suffer intense pain that affects their daily well-being during the period. We tell you how to relieve them.
The menstrual cycle, in some cases, is accompanied by pain and discomfort in the abdominal area and pelvis. Some women solve it quickly with the ingestion of analgesics. However, for others, the discomfort is so intense that it forbids them to lead a normal life and even leave the house. We tell you what the causes are and how you can relieve menstrual pain. One of the most effective methods is the practice of soft exercise, like the yoga routine that we propose in a book in Amazon Kindle. Keep reading to discover more!
What can cause pain?
Dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain) can be of two types. The primary one is the one that produces "common" menstrual cramps, although these can be mild or painful, and begin before or in the first days of the period. For its part, the secondary is much more severe and may be caused by some of these causes:
- Endometriosis: occurs when the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus grows out of it, as in the ovaries or fallopian tubes. The symptoms are very varied, from heavy bleeding, pain during sex, or gastrointestinal discomfort.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome: occurs when there is an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone levels, and cysts develop in the ovaries. It is very common to suffer irregular periods.
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID): is an infection of the reproductive organs caused by different types of bacteria, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. Symptoms include mild pain in the abdomen, upper and lower, pain during sex or urination, irregular menstruation, an increase in vaginal discharge, and fever.
- Fibroids: they are benign tumors that can vary in size, reproduce, or disappear without further ado. The periods are usually plentiful and pain may be experienced during sexual intercourse. Going to the doctor is necessary for all those women who suffer some of these conditions. However, there are natural remedies that will help cope better with colic.
Natural Remedies to Relieve Dysmenorrhea
- Consume ginger: Either in the form of tea or in pills, this plant is a good ally to deal with the annoying pains during the period. In addition, ginger is a good substitute for anti-inflammatory medications.
- Exercise: Many women suffer pain so intense that it prevents them from getting out of bed. However, certain sports that do not require much effort like yoga or going for a walk can greatly alleviate the discomfort. And during the exercise, endorphins are released, known as the "hormone of happiness." These help to increase well-being and end menstrual cramps. Here we tell you how to adapt your training to the menstrual cycle.
- Practice sex: Having sex during the period can relieve menstrual pain. In fact, orgasms cause a release of oxytocin, dopamine, and some endorphins that act as natural analgesics.
- Apply heat: Placing a bag of hot water or an electric blanket on the abdominal area will help momentarily relieve colic.
- Abandon the use of tampons and use menstrual cups: Although they do not relieve menstrual pain as such, they are a good option to start taking care of health. Unlike traditional methods of protection, the cups, such as Lily Cup, Lily Cup Compact, and Lily Cup ONE (Intimina's first and only cup for teenagers) will help to respect the intimate balance, since they do not produce dryness or irritation. In addition, and unlike tampons that can cause a serious illness such as Toxic Shock Syndrome, the cups will prevent infections in the intimate area that may cause menstrual pain in the future.