A woman’s body has got a unique gift of creation from the nature!
This has put the crown of a creator on her head by the universal creator himself.
But do you think receiving such an honor is as easy as it seems to be? Of course No!
It has brought another uninvited guest called Menstruation along with it.
This key process of female’s fertility plays a major role in procreation as we know all.
Accompanying each other doesn’t stop here at all! The bigger surprise is yet to come.
That is Menstrual Cramps!
Menstrual cramps are one of the most uninvited and disliked guests of every woman!
It may visit you during or before your menstruation dates anytime.
It is the element which makes you in most uncomfortable situation during your M days.
Do you know why? Let me explain!
Beginning with our best (or say worst) buddy Menstruation and all, let me lead you to the pillar post of this dragon, i.e. Menstruation!
The Kolaveri Di of Menstruation!
Of course I don’t need to explain about it much!
Menstruation is a natural female body process. This causes regular monthly discharge of blood from the linings of uterus.
It comes out through the door of cervix and then vagina.
Periods or period cycle or menstrual cycle or bleeding days or menstruating days are some of its various names.
To simplify the whole process, let me tell you that Menstruation is a process in which an egg is released in your ovary every month.
If this egg doesn’t receive the sperm of male, it gets destroyed on 25th or 28th day.
This causes a sumptuous flow of blood from your vagina. Here is your periods’ beginning!
You would be surprised to know that in Vedic Sanskrit language the word for menstruation is ‘Rituchakra’.
It basically has three parts, i.e. ‘Rajahsravakaal’, ‘Ritukaal’ and ‘Rituvyatitkaal’.
The original term ‘period’ dates back to 1822 AD, which literally means ‘repeated cycle of events’.
Emotional and Internal Changes:
Menstrual cramps are the painful situation that a woman faces near pelvic areas and in abdomen during her menstruating days.
It may vary from extremely severe to mild range.
Light pain may be ignored but severe pains may sometimes lead to greater disturbance in daily activities of a woman.
Disturbed hormones cause some fluctuation in contraction of muscles and other internal tissues in uterus.
This leads to the painful feeling in abdomen and pelvic areas.
Such physical changes are called menstrual cramps.
Menstruation causes not only physical changes but also emotional and internal changes as well.
In medical term, it is called Dysmenorrhea. They are divided in mainly two parts, Primary and secondary.
Primary Dysmennorhea has mild cramp pains and most common in women.
Secondary Dysmenorrhea results in severe pains. It is above the normal border and also may affect female’s reproductive system.
Surveys have discovered that 50% women suffer from such menstrual cramps during their menstruation days.
Out of 50%, there are 15% females who have claimed to have severe cramps.
However, with the passage of time and age, this may lessen.
Symptoms of Menstrual cramps:
Of course you all know it as self experienced things have lesser chances to forget!
Following are some basic symptoms of menstrual cramps.
- Pain in lower abdomen
- Feeling of pressure in belly
- Inner thighs, hips and lower back may feel pain
- Sometimes feeling of nausea and vomiting
- Constipation or loose motion
The symptoms of cramps usually begin before the upcoming period day. It gets severe and worst during first and second day. Later on they start decreasing.
Why Menstrual cramps occurs?
As we all Google bees know that uterus lining is built every month with an expectation of pregnancy.
But after the process of ovulation, if the egg doesn’t find its male partner, i.e. sperm, the possibility of pregnancy is dismissed and with that the uterus lining is also broken.
The estrogen and progesterone hormones get reduced and it results in shedding the lining of uterus in the form of blood.
When this breakdown begins prostaglandins known as molecular compounds are released. This leads to the contraction of muscles.
This results in blocking the supply of oxygen to the endometrial tissues and thus they die.
After killing them the uterine contractions turn to old endometrial tissues through the door of cervix.
This whole underground secret process is the sole reason of your menstrual cramp.
Is there any solution?
Of course yes!
Every lock has its own key, similarly, every woman has to find their own key of solution to this period cramps.
As the bodily needs, problems and nature varies to every single woman.
However following are some common tips to overcome this haunting menstrual cramps.
- Regular physical work or exercise. It helps you to maintain and sustain your immunity system and boosts the energy.
- Proper rest and sleep is must molecule to menstrual remedy prescription.
- Along with above you can try light massage, relaxing yoga and refreshing walk.
- Your favorite soothing music and reading of good books also help you to forget about it.
- Try to consume fresh fruits with minerals and vitamins during these days.
- A heating pad on your abdomen and a warm bath will sooth your body and soul.
- Apart from such things, in case of severe pain you may try painkillers like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium etc. also. It may help you to reduce the pain.
Now Come to your Kitchen to Kill your Cramps
Here is a list of some home remedies that can help you to ease your cramping condition quickly!
Ginger is one of the best home remedy for cramps.
1: Take a small piece of ginger.
2: Grate the same in boiling water.
3: After a while, let the water cool down.
4: Now add 1 tsp of honey in that mixture.
And have this drink as warm cramp cutter!
Basil leaves are considered as the one stop solution for almost all physical problems.
1: You can take some basil leaves.
2: Boil them in water.
3: Let the liquid cool down.
Have this warm water twice or thrice a day.
Instead of boiling water, you may also use basil juice.
Take few basil leaves and crush them to get its juice.
Now add this juice in some warm water and drink thrice a day.
You may be wonder to know that Parsley is a pain killer. Let’s see how.
1: Take one forth cup of fresh parsley in a bowl.
2: Add 1 cup of boiling water in that bowl.
3: Let the drink steep for 5 to 6 minutes.
4: Now after 5 to 6 minutes strain the water with Parsley flavor and drink at a time.
You can use this tea twice a day to stay away from your menstrual cramps.
Cinnamon is such a wonderful spice of your kitchen that it has not only fragrance quality but also medicinal characteristics.
It is easily available in your kitchen and hence easy to access. Let’s make now cinnamon tea!
1: Take 1 cup of hot water.
2: Add 1/4th tsp of cinnamon powder in it.
3: Let the liquid set for 5 to 6 minutes.
4: Now add 1/2 tsp of honey in it. Stir it well.
Enjoy this tea with little sip slowly. This tea is useful during the 1st day of your period as well as before 1 to 2 days of your menstruation.
Enough of talking about drinks.
If you are not fond of liquids much, here are some hard breakfast and meal recipes for you especially for your menstruating days.
Muesli is very rich in fiber and whole grains. It not only regulates the digestive system but also possesses the potent source of antioxidants.
In addition to these, it has less sugar and calories than any other breakfast.
So if you are on diet chart and having periods, then this is the best savior for you!
1: First of all preheat your oven to 160 degree Celsius or 325 degree F.
2: Now take a bowl and add in it 1 1/2 cup of rolled oats, 3 tsp brown sugar and 2 tsp ground cinnamon powder.
Mix them well.
3: Take a non stick baking pan or tray and spread the mixture in it.
4: Now put the mixture in preheated oven to toast for about 10 to 11 minutes. Stir it occasionally.
5: Once the mixture is toasted nicely, remove the tray from oven and let it cool down.
6: Pour this mixture into a bowl and add in it 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts and dried apples. Mix again.
7: Garnish it with blueberries at the top and have it with apple juice only! (Do not use Milk as it blocks the antioxidant capacity of blueberries)
Broccoli salad garnished with apples and cranberries
All the ingredients of this salad are low in fat and calories but very rich in nutrients.
Hence they may become your best buddy during periods.
1: Take a large bowl and add 4 cups of fresh broccoli, 1/2 cup of dried cranberries, 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds, 3 organic chopped apples and 1/4th cup of chopped red onion in it.
2: Now add 1 cup of plane yogurt, 2 tsp mustard and 1/4th cup of honey in a small bowl.
3: Mix the ingredients of small bowl well.
4: Pour this soothing cream upon the salad of large bowl. Toss it slowly.
5: Chill the salad before you have it for soothing taste.
Usual menstrual cramps may have normal pains during these days.
But if you are suffering from extreme and severe pain which lasts for more than two to three days, then you need to call your doctor.
This may cause some serious issue within your body. So it is advised and wise to immediately consult the doctor.
Based on your symptoms he/she will examine you with pelvic test. In this he/she may use a tool named speculum.
With the help of this tool he/she will look into your vagina and cervix to find out the reason.
Based on their examinations, you will have to follow the instructions.
Last but not least!
A female’s body passes through a huge number of major changes during her whole journey of life.
Sometimes playful and sometimes painful, sometimes exciting but sometimes romantic, sometimes soothing then sometimes lovable, sometimes responsible and sometimes severely crunching.
Don’t you feel proud to be a woman? 😉
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