Topic: How to deal with period pain WITHOUT taking pain killers?
November 17, 2019 / By Kamryn Question:
First of all my period pain is very bad. I went through a period without taking pain killers and ended up fainting. This happened twice. They are THAT bad so please read on.
I feel nauseous very easily and light-headed and I can't eat food for the first two days because I will throw up no matter what I do, I WILL throw up.
So, I've been taking ibrufen 600 twice a day, but recently I've seen that it stops my period flow. I don't want to screw up my period with these, what should I do to not feel the pain? I don't want to faint
Haleigh | 2 days ago
If you need to take painkillers then take them - Ibuprofen can reduce menstrual flow but won't stop menstruation, so don't worry as it will not cause any problems with your menstrual cycles. With this said however painkillers only numb the pain, it is FAR better to prevent yourself from getting cramps all together - most women can prevent cramps easily with lifestyle changes, but if yours are this severe see your doctor for tests to find out why.
Eating healthy makes a big difference. Eat small regular meals including foods rich in essential fatty acids, fresh fruit and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains - avoid processed foods, simple starches like white bread, salt, caffeine, refined sugars, foods that cause bloating, also dairy and soy can both cause problems. Try experimenting with dietary changes.
During menstruation try flaxseed (500mg 3 times p/d), vitamin B6 (100mg once p/d), magnesium (100mg every 2 hours), vitamin E in d-alpha tocopherol form (50mg 3 times p/d). Or on a daily basis every day of your cycle try a good multi-vitamin plus minerals, or increase calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and vitamin C in the week leading up to your period.
Herbal teas: raspberry leaf, yarrow, lemon balm, black haw, chamomile, red raspberry, wild strawberry, valerian - try heading to a health store for these, staff may be able to suggest some other ideas too. You can also help regulate your hormones with daily Evening Primrose Oil, Black Cohosh, or Chaste tree throughout your menstrual cycle to regulate your hormones.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs work best for menstrual cramps: Ibuprofen, Aspirin, and Mefenamic Acid - the latter you’d need a prescription for. If you’d rather try natural options try clary sage oil rubbed into your stomach that also supports estrogen production, or cell salts that can improve overall health. Other options include TENS machines or compression belts.
Tampons are notorious for increasing cramps, theoretically due to their tugging on vaginal walls as they absorb moisture and that they expand into the cervix. Switch to menstrual cups which not only don’t cause cramps but also can reduce cramps dramatically too - plus they’re safer, more convenient, and more reliable than tampons too. I recommend Mooncup as a good cup for new users as it’s a good mid-size cup - http://www.mooncup.co.uk/wc.php?u=1741
Also known as Sherman Method this is where rather than using sanpro you learn to control your vaginal muscles in order to hold menstrual flow, you then empty it in the toilet like you would urine - essentially improving muscle tone and uterine control means it can help cramps.
Exercise can improve cramps, but it depends on the exercise as some women find strenuous exercise can make cramps worse: listen to your body on this one! Generally speaking any gentle exercise that stretches your abdomen is going to be best, yoga is especially good for menstrual cramps, this video shows postures for cramps - http://youtu.be/moF1sy0SvGk
Acupressure and Chiropractic care can help a lot, if your cramps are bad seeing a professional might be a good idea but there are some pressure points you can stimulate yourself to reduce cramps (useful in school/work). This video shows pressure points - http://youtu.be/S5j3e11p31g
Masturbation or sex can both reduce menstrual cramps due to breathing, relaxation, and contractions during orgasm - bonus that both are more enjoyable during menstruation.
Heat or cold packs can help, you can buy packs you can attach to keep on during the day at school/work but at home best to use reusable heat/cold packs. If heat works for you then also try a warm bath, which will also help you relax and feel more comfortable.
Research shows that those who feels negatively towards menstruation are more likely to experience negative menstruation, if nothing else if you feel menstruation is embarrassing then obviously you’re going to struggle to relax. Deal with any issues you have in your personal life and look at how you feel about menstruation, learning to relax and work with your body helps.
Stamp Out Cramps (Without the Pill) - http://www.scarleteen.com/article/pink/stamp_out_cramps_without_the_pill
birth control pills. You dont ovulate, so there is no pain. And you are never surprised because your period comes at the same time of day every month.
It's better to take meds then suffer. There's no reason not to treat it. It's fine if your period is shorter. Why is that a problem? You can take baths, use a heating pad, gentle stretches.
i usually fill up a water bottle with hot water! helps amazingly when i place it on my stomach and lower back. drink lots of cold water too.