Menstrual cramps can become the most unbearable cramps ever. Women put up with a lot, and having the guts to take on these stomach killers says a lot. I have had my share of bad cramps. I’m talking bedridden for the entire length of my cycle, which is five days. We all have different bodies, which means different cycles. My cycle last five through six days. I cramp really bad on the first day and the last day. It’s the weirdest feeling cramping on the last day. The pain is another feeling. It feels like someone is twisting my insides. I told myself, my period is telling me, “see you next cycle.”
If you have strong cramps, there are ways to relax your body. You will need some sort of tip or note to help you out. No woman should have to deal with cramps. Below are some things I do to ease my pain.
- Menstrual Pills- Midol, Ibuprofen, etc. These pills are for stomach and back pain. When you cramp, your back and stomach is the most painful. These pills will help you 100%. If you have never used them, I would recommend them.
- Hot Packs- Using a hot pack on your low abdominal area feels great. Heat helps loose up your knots, so when you use a hot pack, you will slowly relax.
- Hot Water Bottle- If you do not have a heating pack, a hot bottle will do. I have used water bottles many times, and it feels amazing on the back. I recommend using a towel over it because it will be too hot for your skin, and you can get burned. You can also let it cool for a while until it is warm.
- Yoga- Did you know yoga helps cramps? I know no one wants to move when they are cramping, but yoga helps you stretch your muscle. It’s good for your body.
- Walking- Walking is a no when you are cramping. Who would think to take a walk when blood is rushing from your body? Unfortunately, walking does help. It’s good to move regularly when you are on your period. You can walk to your mailbox and back, or take a walk outside.
If you would rather wait it out, I recommend wrapping it up in a blanket and start to twist and turn. Be ready to grunt, cry, and get mood swings. Cramps can be a nightmare, but they don’t have to be. If you take menstrual pills, I recommend taking them when you start your cycle. This helps the cramps leave before they start. Lastly, remember to hydrate. Water is necessary to flush the blood out of your body. Your period does not have to be stressful.