Do you feel like painful cramps are a normal part of having your period? I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way.
If you are tired of struggling with painful cramps every month, read on to learn my top 6 tips for making your period less painful.
What Causes Period Cramps?
Before I get into my tips for making your period more enjoyable, it may be helpful to explain what causes period cramps in the first place.
Each month, if you are not pregnant, your body realises it no longer needs the thick lining in the uterus and begins to shed that lining.
To shed the lining, your uterus contracts. This process can be painful and is known as “menstrual cramps” or “period cramps”.
The chance of experiencing pain from the contractions is higher if your body is high in certain hormones such as prostaglandin F2 alpha.
How do you get too much of this hormone? It is usually a combination of emotional, biological, and lifestyle factors. These factors include things such as:
- How much sleep you get
- How much exercise you get
- Conditions such as nutrient deficiencies, thyroid imbalances, low iron
- Chemical imbalances
- How much stress you have
- What your diet is like
The good news is that you possess the power to change some of these aspects. While you can’t magically make period pain disappear, certain steps can help your body handle your period better.
So now for the good part — my top 6 tips for reducing period pain.
1. Reduce Stress
Too much stress can lead to an overproduction of prostaglandin F2 alpha, the hormone that can make contractions more painful.
2. Stay Connected With Your Womb Throughout Your Cycle
Many women grow up being taught that periods are shameful or gross, but this is a sacred, beautiful time. Embracing your feminine power is a great way to stay balanced and at peace during your cycle.
Try things that connect you to your cycle in a positive way such as womb meditation. What is womb meditation? It is a divine, immersive experience designed to help:
- Heal sexual blockages
- Practice forgiveness
- Rejuvenate the uterus
- Address and move past trauma
- Let go of past lovers
- Connect with your womb
3. Reduce Your White Flour and Dairy Intake
Although every woman’s body is different, dairy and white flour tend to be troublesome foods. Both dairy and white flour can put a strain on the digestive system, increasing the production of inflammatory chemicals and thereby increasing cramps.
4. Increase Your Intake of Magnesium and Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Magnesium is a well-known muscle relaxer, which is important considering the uterus is actually the largest muscle in your body! Omega 3 fatty acids are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and have been shown to help reduce menstrual cramps.
5. Try a Yoni Steam
This ancient practice uses steam to cleanse your yoni. Herbs can be added to make the steam extra enjoyable. Womb meditation is a great practice to pair with a yoni steam.
6. Stay Hydrated
When you already feel bloated and puffy and full of water, drinking more water may be the last thing you want to do.
However, drinking more water can help reduce bloating and relieve discomfort.
Whether it means carrying a water bottle around with you or setting a timer on your phone to go off when you are due for a drink, do what you need to be reminded to drink water throughout the day.
As with everything, it is always important to listen to your body’s cues. If you feel something is off or are especially worried about the pain, consider speaking to your doctor about your concerns.
Your period should not be a stressful time that you dread every month. I hope you find some relief from these tips for making your period better.
In addition to the lifestyle changes mentioned above, sometimes it helps to work through old emotional baggage or trauma. I would love to help you learn to embrace your period, work through emotional traumas, and feel more connected to your feminine power.