Happy Friday, beautiful people! Early this week I posted a photo on Instagram where I was talking about my severe menstrual cramps which gave me a small inside of how many of you actually suffer from it. I was surprised that it’s more common than I thought. My sister and I suffer from it. But none of my close friends or mom have it as bad as me. So I decided to write a post about what I do when the pain is too much.
Also, a simple reminder that I’m not a doctor, and these tips are simply based on what has been working for me to make myself feel better on those days. I know how bad is your pain and I understand what are you going through. So I really hope these tips will help you with the severe menstrual cramps. They totally suck!
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My Story With Severe Menstrual Cramps
Over the years I’ve been reading everywhere about severe menstrual cramps, trying to find solutions to my problem. I went to doctors to see if I had something that was producing the pain. But nothing they could find. I was healthy. No sign of uterine fibroids or endometriosis. So in my case, my uterus just hates me a lot.
My period started when I was 12 years old, but it wasn’t until I was 14 when I started to feel this horrible pain in my lower stomach. And the worst part was it happened almost everytime when I was in school. So many times I would have to go back home and stay in bed. I would throw up or pass out. Or both. It was really bad.
Funny story: There was a moment, for about three months, when I was 16 when I didn’t feel those severe menstrual cramps. I thought I was cured and a miracle had happened. At some point, I even thought the heat of my laptop healed me. Because I was spending a lot of time in my bed with the laptop on me. Well… I wasn’t cured and my laptop wasn’t miraculous. But it was the best not feeling the pain.
Either way, I spend 8 years of my life feeling like crap once a month. So I have tried many options. Even the most stupid ones! One time, I read somewhere that if you cause pain somewhere else (external pain), cramps wouldn’t feel as bad. It literally said to try smashing your finger with something or hitting your pinky toe with your bed so you wouldn’t feel the severe menstrual cramps. And guess what? desperation made me stupid and I try the hitting my pinky toe. Do you think it worked? It didn’t, so don’t try it. Unless, you know… you feel as desperate as me.I spend 8 years of my life feeling like crap with severe menstrual cramps once a month. So I have tried many options. Even the most stupid ones! Click To Tweet
It wasn’t until I was 20 when I started to use birth control and that’s the moment when I started to feel the change. That daily pill was helping me. Month after month, and without feeling any severe menstrual cramp I knew I found what would be my forever number one product to help me with my problem.
If you agree or not with birth control, it’s up to you. But girl, it changed my life. So if you can, go to your doctor and try it! I don’t know how it works in other countries or how expensive it can be where you live. Luckily in Chile, there are many options. So again, if you have the opportunity, take it.
Ways To Relieve Severe Menstrual Cramps
Even though these tips are stated separately. You can definitely try them together. I would do tip #1 and #2 together for better results. And maybe add tip #3 in the mix too. As always… get all the help you can get. Those for sure are my favorite ways to calm my severe menstrual cramps. Besides birth control, of course.
1. Heating Pads + Heating Wraps
Numer one rule to relieve severe menstrual cramps: go wherever is warm. Or bring it to you. That will always make yourself feel better. For that, I have a few options. At home, I have a heated mattress pad on my bed. That is awesome during the winter time and whenever cramps attack me. It just the best feeling to go to bed and be all warm. As an extra, I use a seeds pillow you can heat in the microwave. Because you can never be too warm.Numer one rule to relieve severe menstrual cramps: go wherever is warm. Or bring it to you. That will always make yourself feel better. Click To Tweet
But what works for most people is to put a heating pad on your stomach. Like I said, feeling warm is everything and this goes just on the problematic zone. If you haven’t tried this then, what are you waiting for? Also, if you normally aren’t home or if you are about to travel and you know your period will come when you are on the go. Then I recommend this heating wraps.
2. Mefenamic Acid 500mg + Herbal Tea
I have to be honest here. In Chile, I buy Truasinol, those are tablets with the main component of mefenamic acid. This is a medicine my doctor made me buy to help me with the pain. And while they are not magical, they help a lot. Also, have in mind that each pill has 500 mg of mefenamic acid. Which is more than regular pain relief tablets have. Since they are stronger, they help faster.
What I would normally do is to take two tablets with –preferably– chamomile tea. You can call that my magic potion. I have to mention that my doctor said is to better take one tablet, and only to take two if the pain is too bad. Well, the pain is always bad, so I just go ahead and take two to avoid more suffering.
3. Try These Poses
If you are into yoga, then you will definitely find this article helpful. In my case, I don’t practice yoga. It’s not really my thing, but I do find certain poses (easy poses), very beneficial when I’m struggling with the pain. Two of them are my favorite and the ones that help me the most.I don't practice yoga. It's not really my thing, but I do find certain poses (easy poses), very beneficial when I'm struggling with severe menstrual cramps. Click To Tweet
The first one, The Child’s Pose. Somehow, that pose makes my uterus happy, and it makes its murderous actions stop a little. So definitely a win-win situation. The other one takes a little more of effort. Just lay on your back, then carefully lift your legs until they touch the wall or headboard. Now, just keep them there. If you need help keeping your legs like that, you can grab your headboard. This pose also helps me a lot with cramps.
4. Breathing Exercises
Like I said at the beginning, most of my severe menstrual cramps would happen while I was in school. So whenever that happened I would go directly to the nurse office to get chamomile tea and that way she would call my mom to pick me up. She wasn’t the nicest person in the world, so in her weird–loving–way she told me to just breath deeply and that would make it better. Not exactly, but surprisingly, it did help a little.
Bringing air to your stomach helps, but there are also other breathing exercises you can try, just take a look at this article. I’m sure something will do. And don’t forget. You might have to combine all of these ways to relieve severe menstrual cramps.
5. Massage lower back and relax
This doesn’t help a lot to minimize the pain. But it helps me to relax, and by doing that I can fall asleep faster. And that would be always the ultimate goal. Sleeping cures the pain, and when nothing helps, I just try to fall asleep. Lay on your stomach and ask someone to massage your lower back. If you want, you can also use essential oils for better results.
There is more information about essential oils and its benefits, you can read them here!Sleeping cures the pain, and when nothing helps, I just try to fall asleep. Click To Tweet
6. Walk for a few minutes
You might have cringe while reading this, because how on earth can you walk while you are feeling like crap? I know I know, it sounds crazy. To be honest, I haven’t tried this one yet, but a girl on Instagram told me that walking for around 10 to 20 minutes really helps. After reading that I thought I would do a little research, and I was surprised to say that many women said that was very helpful. Shocking, right?
Are you going to give it a try? I definitely will!How on earth can you walk while you are feeling like crap? I know I know, it sounds crazy. To be honest, I haven't tried this one yet, but walking for around 10 to 20 minutes really helps. Click To Tweet
7. Birth Control
Again, this is my favorite way to avoid pain. You might feel a thing here and there, but nothing comparing to the pain you felt before. And like I said before if you have the opportunity to go to the doctor and start with birth control, take it. It’s life-changing. For me, it is, because now I don’t have a day once a month that makes me stop doing my normal life. It also takes the worry away. The last thing I wanted is the severe menstrual cramps take me by surprise and alone. I can’t imagine passing out in a street full of strangers.
So tell me about your experience a little, do you suffer from severe menstrual cramps? What are your go-to ways to help you with the pain? Let me know in the comments!