Period pain comics: it’s break time!

Posted by Lea | Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 19-12-2013

OK talking about pain and period pain all day long is not really funny, so I wanted to have a break and give you something different! So here are a few comics on the topic… Yes it’s possible to laugh even if you feel like your belly is going to implode.

How to relieve your period pain with Andrea Hepner

Posted by Lea | Posted in Reliefs | Posted on 28-09-2013

I’ve just discovered Andrea Hepner and I think what she says is interesting.

Yoga Poses to relieve your period pains

Posted by Lea | Posted in Reliefs | Posted on 27-02-2013

I’ve never done yoga before but I think every way to reduce the pain can be helpful.

So here are a few Yoga Poses suitable for relieving Menstrual Pain:

Kapalabhati is a Breathing Technique used specifically for cleansing. If you have a lot of mucus in the air passages or feel tension and blockages in the chest it is often helpful to breathe quickly. This article will introduce you to this breathing techniques and show you its its benefits.

Downward Facing Dog
This pose can help with PMS symptoms such as mood swings, fatigue, anxiety, and irritability. To make the pose a bit less strenuous, try using a block or bolster to rest your head on.

Easy Pose (Sukhasana)
This is one of the classic Meditative Poses and is usually performed after doing the Corpse Pose. The Easy Pose helps in straightening the spine, slowing down metabolism, promoting inner tranquility, and keeping your mind still.

Standing Forward Bend

Grab hold of either elbow, hang, and relax to relieve back pain. The folding will help ease cramping and increase blood flow to the brain.

Cat Pose (Bidalasana)

The Cat Yoga Pose teaches you to initiate movement from your center and to coordinate your movement and breath. These are two of the most important themes in Yoga practice. Keep in mind that the Cat Pose may not be advisable if you have any chronic or recent back pain or injury.

Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)

The Bow Pose resembles an archer’s bow. It strengthens the muscles in the back area, improves posture, and helps in dealing with several gastrointestinal problems. Take note that this Yoga Pose is not for people who are suffering from serious neck or back injury.

Wide-Legged Forward Bend
This forward folding posture can help to ease abdominal cramping. Place your head on a block or bolster to keep neck muscles relaxed.

Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
This Yoga Pose improves spinal flexibility and strengthens the muscles in the arms and back. In addition, it is effective in relieving menstrual irregularities and constipation. Learn how to perform the Cobra Pose in this section.
Cobra pose is a very simple yet very effective for toning the uterus, relieving lower back pain and for relieving tension after a though day, having a calming effect on the body. Perfect for beginners this posture can be used as a warm-up for the yoga session. In the beginning lie on your stomach with your leg stretched backwards.

Painful menstrual cramps take a physical toll on most women

Posted by Lea | Posted in Menstrual cramps | Posted on 23-06-2011

Here is an interesting article I was reading on the daily mail:

Painful menstrual cramps take a physical toll on most women , now new research has revealed they can alter the structure of the brain as well.

Scientists who studied a group of women sufferers found evidence of dramatic reshaping, with some brain areas shrinking and others increasing in size.

Previous research had suggested menstrual cramps can trigger abnormal brain metabolism.
The new findings indicate the changes are long lasting, since they are seen even between painful episodes.

Read the rest of the article here:

Helpful websites about period pain: my selection

Posted by Lea | Posted in Ressources | Posted on 17-06-2011

OK this won’t be a long post just a bunch of websites that I like and that helped me to find information and remedies for my menstrual pains:

If you know another good website feel free to leave me a comment and I will add it to the list!

Period pain relief at home without medication it’s possible!

Posted by Lea | Posted in Reliefs | Posted on 10-06-2011

The following steps may allow you to avoid prescription medications:

* Apply a heating pad to your lower abdomen (below your belly button). Be careful NOT to fall asleep with the heating pad on.
* Do light circular massage with your fingertips around your lower abdomen.
* Drink warm beverages.
* Eat light but frequent meals.
* Follow a diet rich in complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, but low in salt, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine.
* Keep your legs elevated while lying down, or lie on your side with your knees bent.
* Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga.
* Try over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen. Start taking it the day before your period is expected to start, and continue taking it regularly for the first few days of your period.
* Try vitamin B6, calcium, and magnesium supplements, especially if your pain is from PMS.
* Take warm showers or baths.
* Walk or exercise regularly, including pelvic rocking exercises.
* Lose weight if you are overweight.
* Rest when needed.
* Avoid foods that contain caffeine.
* Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
* Massage your lower back and abdomen.

If you don’t want to take medication, or it’s not enough to relieve the pain, there are some natural remedies that work well for some women. Most concern lifestyle changes.

During the period, you can apply heat to the pelvic area (a heating pad works well), or get a massage on the back and lower abdomen if you get cramps.

Lifestyle changes that can help with period pain include exercising (particularly at the start of the period) and a low-fat vegetarian diet. Some studies have shown that getting adequate amounts of both thiamine (about 100 mg daily) and calcium (1,200 mg daily) can vastly reduce pain suffered during your period.

So many different menstrual pain remedies…

Posted by Lea | Posted in Reliefs | Posted on 29-05-2011

A few videos presenting remedies for your period pain. There are a lot more on Youtube but these are my favourite.

Tell me how do you like them!

Read more:

Foods that Help Relieve Menstrual Cramps

Posted by Lea | Posted in Reliefs | Posted on 25-05-2011

The amount of estrogen in a woman’s blood is constantly being readjusted. A low-fat, high-fiber diet can significantly reduce estrogen levels.5 Cancer researchers have taken a great interest in this phenomenon, because lowering the level of estrogen in the blood helps reduce the risk of breast cancer. Less estrogen means less stimulation for cancer cell growth.

If a woman eating a Western diet cuts her fat intake in half, her estrogen level will be about 20 percent lower.7 If the amount of fat is cut even more, the estrogen level will drop further, which is a good change because a lower hormone level will have less effect on the uterine cells. In addition to lowering estrogen, a low-fat diet may also be beneficial because high-fiber vegetables, beans, fruits, and whole grains help the body eliminate estrogens.

Fresh pineapple juice contains bromelaine – an enzyme that relaxes muscles.
Ginger (in tea or ginger snap cookies) can block the effect of prostaglandin and also has anti-inflammatory properties.
A diet high in zinc, calcium, and B vitamins can also reduce cramps. Keeping food on the stomach can also help to ease cramps. The body will devote more energy to digestion rather than cramping.

Have plenty of:

• whole grains: brown rice, whole-grain bread, oatmeal, etc.
• vegetables: broccoli, spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, etc.
• legumes: beans, peas, lentils
• fruits

Fish oil can help relieve menstrual cramps in two ways. Like flax seed, it suppresses the production of prostaglandins in the body. It also inhibits the conversion of linoleic acid to arachidonic acid, an enzyme needed for the production of prostaglandins. A study conducted at the University of Cincinnati Medical Cente, headed by Z. Harel in 1996, showed a significant decrease in menstrual pain among women who were given fish oil. Fish oil is found in fish, and can also be added to the diet via a nutritional supplement capsule.

Avoid completely:

• animal products: fish, poultry, meats, eggs, and dairy products
• added vegetable oils: salad dressings, margarine, and all cooking oils
• fatty foods: doughnuts, French fries, potato chips, peanut butter, etc.

This sounds like a significant change, and it is. However, while everyone feels a bit at sea for the first several days, virtually everyone makes the change in about two weeks. Those who have the best time with it are those who experiment with new foods and new food products and who enlist the support of their friends or partners at home.

Very good menstrual pain Q&A with Dr. Leonard

Posted by Lea | Posted in Ressources | Posted on 03-04-2011

Massaging can help you to relieve your period pains

Posted by Lea | Posted in Reliefs | Posted on 03-04-2011

I found this video on Youtube and I think it’s a good idea, we never think about massaging because sometimes only touching your belly hurts, but massaging can be really helpful to relieve your period pains