Period pain and cramping affects many people during menstruation, and in the days leading up to it. For some, these aches and pains can be mild and merely uncomfortable; for others, they can be extremely painful, and even impact day-to-day life.
Unsurprisingly, as women, this means we are often looking for the next best thing to tackle period pains and to make that time of the month that little bit easier.
In fact, we’ve started to get pretty inventive with our period pain cures. From the traditional to the more unusual, we’ll be exploring the weird and wonderful ways that women can get rid of their period pains…
The Classic: A Bubble Bath
We’ll start with a period pain cure that’s wonderful, rather than just weird. It’s a classic: the time-tested, fool-proof bubble bath.
Heat is scientifically proven to cure period pains — it relaxes the uterine muscles and boosts your blood circulation, which soothes painful cramps. And what better way to relax than to have a hot bath?
You can also add a few drops of essential oils like lavender to your tub to upgrade bath time. Lavender, in particular, is great if you’re suffering from pains due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
If you don’t have a bathtub in your house or apartment, don’t worry — you can achieve the same results with a hot shower.
Alternatively, you can invest in a hot water bottle or a heat pad and apply it straight to your stomach, where it can work its magic and ease your pain. By applying this heat directly to the affected area, heat receptors in your body will “switch on,” which in turn blocks the effect of chemical messengers that cause pain to be detected by the body. So get comfy, put on a pair of pajamas and some period underwear (check out this range from Knix for leakproof and comfortable) and cosy up with a hot water bottle.
The Delicious: Dark Chocolate
When we’re struggling with period pains and cramping, we often find ourselves reaching for a bar of chocolate to comfort ourselves. In fact, a recent study shows that chocolate is the ultimate period food craving.
Well, here’s the good news: among the many surprising health benefits that eating dark chocolate offers is the ability to soothe period pains.
While too much sugar is bad for your cramps, dark c