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The Causes of Menstrual Cramps & The Best 5 Natural Remedies

Updated: Jan 17, 2022

Menstrual cramps...a topic as painful to talk about as it is to experience. Also known as dysmenorrhea, menstrual cramps can interfere with daily activities for some women. According to America's National Institute of Health, about 75% of women get menstrual cramps, and 50% have severe cramps—and most are pre-menopausal.

Painful menstrual cramps have multiple causes: Hormonal changes, pelvic inflammation, and even endometriosis can be a source of pain. It is not located to the pain and discomfort, but it also affects women's everyday life since it severely limits the things you can do during that time. This article aims to help you understand what causes menstrual cramps and how natural remedies relieve period cramps.

How Menstrual Cramps are Caused

The pain of menstrual cramps, known medically as dysmenorrhea, can range from mild to moderate to severe. Menstrual cramps are caused by prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that cause contractions of the uterus (womb). Prostaglandins are released during ovulation and menstruation. They cause the muscle layer of the uterus to contract and wring out the uterine lining (endometrium) through the cervix.

The cause of this varies from one woman to another. It can be due to an underlying health condition, delayed puberty, stress, or even your diet. If you have started your period earlier than what is considered normal for your age or have a heavier flow than usual, it's best to consult your doctor.

In some women, prostaglandins may also cause abdominal cramping. The muscles around the uterus contract, causing cramping and intense pain. Several common remedies can help reduce symptoms such as bloating, headaches, and irritability associated with menstruation. Hence, there are also many suggestions that have been found include the intake of vitamins, minerals, and calcium, exercise, alternative medicines, and even relaxation techniques.

Menstrual cramps painkillers and triggers

The pain associated with menstrual cramps may last for several days. Medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen are available over-the-counter for treating pain caused by menstrual cramps. These medications are helpful in alleviating pain but may cause side effects such as indigestion, constipation, and vomiting. They can also affect blood pressure, which makes some women more vulnerable to heart attacks and stroke if they take this kind of medication regularly.

Best 5 effective and natural remedies to relieve menstrual cramps

Treatment is often based on home remedies, but there is a wide variety of treatment options available. In this article, we present 6 effective, natural home remedies that are easy to prepare at home and provide quick relief from menstrual cramping.

  • Use a heating pad or hot water bottle

Heating pads and hot water bottles are among the most popular home remedies for menstrual cramps. The heat applied to the abdomen encourages blood flow, which helps reduce pain and cramping.

  • Drink ginger tea

Ginger is a natural remedy for menstrual cramping pain. It contains a chemical called gingerol, which relaxes muscle spasms in your uterus. You can either buy ginger tea at your local grocery store or make it yourself by boiling the ginger root in water for about 20 minutes, then cool it down in a covered pot on your countertop. Pair with honey, well-served!

  • Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 helps reduce any swelling or inflammation in the body — which is exactly what happens during menstruation and contributes to pain during this time of the month. Vitamin B6 is available in supplement form or simply added to your diet by eating whole grains and leafy green vegetables.

  • Exercise and Yoga

Exercise stimulates endorphins in your body, which gives you a sense of well-being and helps alleviate pain. It also improves your circulation, which allows for better oxygen flow to tissues and muscles throughout the body. If you're experiencing severe menstrual cramps, try to do some sort of light exercise every day. Take a walk or ride your bike instead of taking the bus or sitting on the train. Even doing housework can be a great way to get moving!

  • Convenient & Magical Relief: Drippy Droppy Menstrual Oil Roller

With the help of Vase Creation Organic All-Natural Drippy Droppy Menstrual Oil Roller, you can get rid of menstrual cramps. As far as our product experience, the use of this roller is the best way to relieve menstrual cramps. The Organic All-Natural Drippy Droppy Menstrual Oil Roller is an effective anti-inflammatory solution that helps in reducing lower back pain, bloating, and discomfort. It is a combination of organic ingredients like lavender essential oil, ginger essential oil, clary sage essential oil, thyme essential oil that work to reduce inflammation and pains associated with menstruation.

"I have been using this Natural Magical Relief Menstrual Oil Roller and massage for quite some time now and I must say that it has helped me a lot in getting rid of most of my menstrual-related problems." Kristina N., our first batch testing group.

With the innovatively designed bottle with hygiene and convenience in mind, an alternative to applying while massaging cramp areas without dirtying your hands, and prevents messy spillage when relief is needed anytime and anywhere. Vase Creation Organic All-Natural Drippy Droppy Menstrual is one of the best all-natural remedies for easing menstrual cramps, period pains, headaches, and muscle tension during menstruation.

It was developed after years of research and clinical trials by a formula chemist who wanted to provide an effective solution without resorting to pharmaceutical drugs. The Organic Magical Relief Menstrual Oil Roller is a safe alternative and is suitable for use on children as well as adults. Rollover soreness!

If you can learn to effectively deal with your menstrual cramps, then you wouldn’t have any problem at all. It’s not the end of the world. You don’t need to feel ashamed and it is the most important thing that you have to know is that womanhood is not all about pain and suffering with menstruation, especially when you are prepared. #VaseStudio

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