Most women experience severe pain during menstruation. It's hard to describe in words, it's just unbearably painful. Some women describe menstrual pain in this way – “Imagine someone stabbing you in the stomach and twisting the knife. That’s cramps. Plus, your boobs get sore, your muscles ache, you experience nausea and headaches, and are constantly tired.”
Recent studies have found that menstrual cramps could be as painful as a heart attack. The statistics from the American Academy of Family Physicians show – “dysmenorrhea, the clinical term for painful menstruation, interferes with the daily life of around one in five women”. Professor of reproductive health at the University College London, John Guillebaud agreed with this statement and added, “patients have described the cramping pain as ‘almost as bad as having a heart attack’.”
According to Women’s Health Network, more than 40 percent of women suffer from dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps). In addition to severe pain, women may experience severe bleeding, mood swings, fatigue and bloating. There is a percentage of women who have more severe cases of dysmenorrhea; they have to lie in bed all the time, skipping their work and other important things. In fact, women spend one-third of their lives suffering from menstrual cramps.
There are two types of dysmenorrhea, such as primary and secondary. Most young women experience primary dysmenorrhea. Primary dysmenorrhea is the type of pelvic pain that occurs during your monthly blood flow and can last several days. During your periods, you may experience additional symptoms, such as bloating, nausea, vomiting, headaches, back pain, and diarrhea.
Secondary dysmenorrhea occurs two weeks before the starts of the menstrual period. Women who are over 30's and 40's may experience congested, dull pains during their periods. Secondary dysmenorrhea is often accompanied by bloating, weight gain, headaches, lower back pain, and irritability.
Other major symptoms of secondary dysmenorrhea are: endometriosis (ectopic endometrial tissue); ovarian cysts; adenomyosis (endometrial tissue within the uterine wall); pelvic infection; cervical stenosis (stricture of the internal cervical os, the opening of the uterus); congenital uterine or vaginal abnormalities; fibroids; intrauterine device (IUD).
If you suffer from menstrual cramps and do not know how to get rid of them, we have some useful tips for you that will help you alleviate the pain. Keep reading to see the remedies you can do at home to ease menstrual cramps.
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#1. You need to eat more “right” fats
What are the "right" fats? These “right” fats help boost proper hormone production. So, you should consume fats, such as organic meats, butter tallow, ghee and coconut oil. In addition, coconut oil is an excellent assistant with weight loss, and also reduces inflammation, and has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
#2. You need to avoid inflammatory foods
You should not eat foods like grains, dairy and vegetable oil, because they exacerbate hormonal problems and cause inflammation in the body. Replace these inflammatory foods with some useful foods (homemade bone broths, soups, and grass-fed meats) that will help you reduce inflammation.
#3. You need to avoid chemicals in food and your household
Women who have hormone imbalances must avoid toxins found in processed foods, pesticides, plastics, and household chemicals. The thing is, these toxins contain hormone-disrupting chemicals that mimic hormones in the body that keep it from producing real hormones. Do not heat or store food in plastic. You can also eat only organic foods and meat to avoid these chemicals.
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