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

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.

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