Jessica T asked in HealthWomen's Health · 1 decade ago

how to rid of major cramps?

I desprettly need to know how to rid of my Major cramps I'm having I mean I have my mid winter dance this friday the 26 and i'm wearing a drees but I dont want cramps to ruin my special night.I have a crry around purse and I need to know if it's a good Idea to put tampons in my purse? I'M DESPRETT!!!!!!!!!!! ='(

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  • Kasha
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Contrary to popular belief menstrual cramps are not a necessary part of being a woman, excluding health problems such as endometriosis most women can prevent period pains all together, or at the very least cure the pain when they do get any easily without resorting to painkillers and without messing up their bodies with extreme hormonal methods.

    Periods are only as good or bad as YOU make them – if you have a good attitude towards your period this does effect your periods including making period pains less painful, also of course if you have a positive attitude about your body it also means you are more likely to research and learn about it and so find out that there are in fact a lot of things you can do to prevent menstrual cramps all together.

    Here are some ideas both to prevent and ease menstrual cramps;

    •Do not use painkillers, these actually increase period pain over time as your body build immunity and gets used to the painkillers being within your system, not only that but they simply numb the pain they do not actually do anything about the cause of the pain – pain is your bodies way of telling you that something is wrong, don't ignore it. Coming off painkillers if this is what you normally use can be hard because the next few periods after stopping using painkillers can seem more painful, but if you use other methods to prevent or cure menstrual cramps it does get better.

    •Take herbal teas, many herbal teas are ideal for menstrual pains as well as other menstrual or cycle related problems including curing PMS, reducing flow, inducing your periods and regulating your menstrual cycle. Herbs to try are as follows; Lemon balm, Black Haw, Blessed thistle, Camomile, Wild marjoram, Red raspberry, Wild strawberry, Valerian, Yarrow, Raspberry leaf, Blue cohosh, Dong quai – Check with a health store to make sure they are right for you, some stores will also sell women's blends that would help as well.

    •Don't use tampons, as well as being very bad for vaginal health many tampons are also made in such a way that they expand lengthways meaning that they can expand straight into your cervix, which is already delicate due to menstruation, and increase cramping. Commercial pads are also best avoided because as well as also being bad for vaginal health they are generally uncomfortable so hardly help with menstrual cramps. If you use these options consider other options such as; rubber bell-shaped menstrual cups, silicone bell-shaped menstrual cups, diaphragm as menstrual cups, homemade menstrual cups, softcups, organic tampons, sponges, padettes, padded panties, organic pads, cloth pads, homemade pads, free-flow, free-flow layering, free-flow instinctive, extraction, toilet paper, period blankets, etc.

    •Avoid salty foods and alcohol, these can increase bloating by retaining water, and so make you feel generally sluggish as well as making cramping worse.

    •Drink lots of water, this can aid in avoiding bloating. This will also help with headaches or migraines brought on by menstruation. Also adding lemon juice, a natural diuretic can decrease bloating.

    •Eat your greens, and a healthy diet can make you feel a lot better at the best of times, but during menstruation it can be a good pick up and help avoid that sluggish feeling.

    •Avoid foods like dairy and caffeine, generally these can cause problems for people, during menstruation this can be particularly true, many find these increase period pains. Also avoid soy products; these are notorious for causing menstrual cramps.

    •Take up yoga, this is a very good exercise tip because as well as being gentle exercise it also has stretching that can help even further and breathing exercises that can help relax you and so further aid in relieving menstrual cramps.

    •Take a bath, a nice warm bath can help relax you and the heat can ease period pains as well, avoid things that can harm your vagina like bubble bath, however some nice natural salts or essential oils can make a nice relaxing bath.

    • Breathing exercises, some people find this a little strange, that breathing is something we do naturally anyway, however we often get out of practice and taking the time to understand how your body moves as you breath and mental exercise can help calm you down.

    •Essential oils can work wonders; a little lavender oil in a burner can make a lot of difference to your mental state and calm you down. If not lavender oil then there are many other oils that can be used, a lot of stores also carry relaxation blends. Better still small pots of oil and flower blends, which can be applied to your temples, can provide a discrete but effective means of relaxation.

    •Clary Sage is actually fantastic to massage into your stomach to relieve menstrual cramps.

    •Regular cycles, although in your teens this is not going to be easy for you as your body is still maturing sexually and physically your cycles are unlikely to be very regular – however there are things you can do to help, some of the above mentioned herbs can help, but you might also want to try taking Evening Primrose Oil that will help regulate your cycles and so help with menstrual problems.

    •Sex or masturbation if you are underage, during orgasm it is believed that a hormone which causes uterine contractions is released calls Oxytocin, which can help to push out menstrual material. The relaxation and improved circulation to the pelvic area after sex can also ease period pain. Although masturbation during menstruation can be messy there is no reason to avoid it, using a towel over your bed, having sex in the shower, or using softcups or soft tampons are all options for mess free during your period.

    •Heat or cold – most people say heat packs are good, you can get all sorts of really good reusable heat pads with lavender in that help a lot, but for some people cold packs work a whole lot better when applied to their stomach, so try them both and see which one helps you best.

    •Acupressure/acupuncture can help a lot, although it might be too expensive for you to go to a therapist for this you may want to get yourself a basic book on acupressure/acupuncture to teach yourself some basics to help with your cramps.

    •Cell-salts, these are a natural-mineral your body needs, so if you are lacking this can affect all sorts of things in your body, you can take these daily to help prevent cramps or take them when you get cramps upping the dose every 5-10 minutes until the pain goes away.

    •Up your intake of magnesium, calcium, and potassium, also couple with zinc to help your body absorb these easier. These are all things needed by your body to help the uterus lining shed.

    •Get regular check-ups, a healthy uterus means an easier period, if you are in good health menstrual cramps will not be as common a problem for you, it may be because you are young and cycles irregular that this is causing more of a problem for you.

    •Supplements, not just the ones mentioned above (magnesium, calcium, and potassium) but also Omega 3 & 6, Multi B with high B6 and B13, vitamin E is also a good anti-inflammatory.

    •Good attitude, more from the first comments, but also bare in mind menstruation is not just about your body getting rid of waste uterus lining but also everything else from the month that it does not need - this includes bad emotions - it sounds hippy-like but it is true, the more stressed you have been during your cycle the more problematic your period will be.

    I highly recommend you look around online for more information as well as visit your local library for books on how to prevent cramps, try a few different things until you find something that works well for you.

    If you are still experiencing problems in terms of extreme pain during your period then go to your doctor for tests and treatment, if you have no luck then seek a second opinion or seek alternative help.

    Whatever you do don't let your doctor put you on hormonal birth control like the pill, that is a very lazy and ignorant way doctors use to deal with the problem, in fact it does not deal with the problem at all, simply covers the problem up, if you have pain insist on tests to see what is causing the pain and discuss options.

    Hormonal birth control is an extreme option given side-effects and socially issues, more so when at your age suppressing cycles is the last thing you should be doing not just because it messes with your natural hormones but also because it is best to learn about your cycles so to better care for your sexual health later on in life.

  • 1 decade ago

    Ask a female pharmacist for the right medication over the counter. They have it! Some people use Quinine Sulfate, in capsule form. A doctor can supply you with a prescription for this also, in 325 mg strength. Quinine Sulfate is good for all cramps and not just for the legs, and stomach. Sure, carry tampons in your purse. Maybe change them every 30 min. Better to be safe than sorry!

  • 1 decade ago

    you should carry tampons because its better to have protection on you instead of risking any leaks and there are these heat patches that stick your skin that are especially made for cramping....this wont completely take away the pain but it will soothe you....take Advil too....good luck! and by the way you can find the patches in the feminine aisle of any pharmacy....

  • .
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Place a hot pack on your abdomen area and should relieve the pain within 30 minutes. Always works for me :)The heat helps to sooth the pain.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Liquid Motrin Gels work best for me. Otherwish Aleve.

  • 1 decade ago

    For a long term help, I would suggest getting on birth control. You may not be having sex, but the hormone balance it provides will lessen the cramps.

  • 1 decade ago

    I take 2 or 3 ibuprofen and a couple of midol.That usually slows it down alot if their bad.Good Luck

  • koko
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Use A heating pad or take A warm bath, that will

    releive it for awhile.

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