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Period Pains and Cramps Solutions List 1) Probably the one I mention the most in my other Hubpage article.

This is the one thing that saved me from the worst of the agonising pains, and whilst only b eing available on prescription, Doctors will normally put at least six months wo rth on one prescription. This is the tablet Mefenamic Acid 500mg, an anti cramp medication that actually stops the cramps, and therefore the actual cause of the pain. So many young women on my other article plead with me for help, whilst qu oting various tablets they have tried for pain, all of which are painkillers!!! Painkillers are generally fighting a losing battle when it comes to really bad p eriod pains, and it is a bit like trying to put out a fire with a napkin. I have mentioned Mefenamic Acid loads of times as a result of this. 2) Warm baths. A warm bath really does ease the pains associated with your perio d. It somehow seems to relax all the relevant painful areas in a way a shower si mply can't. Take some time to run a nice bath, preferably scented with some esse ntial oils like lavender, and then put aside a good hour to relax and soak. 3) Lavender or Clary Sage essential oils. Again I highly recommend Lavender or C lary Sage oils (these must be 'pure essential oils' if they are to work). Gently massage a small amount on to the painful areas and leave them for your skin to absorb. Lavender and Clary Sage oils are natural painkillers, but Lavender is al so a natural sedative so should help you to sleep better in spite of the discomf ort. 4) A hot water bottle. Hot water bottles are a Godsend when it comes to period p ains. Of course these days they don't have to contain water, and microwavable 'b ottles' full of cereal products are just as effective. A hot water bottle held a gainst the abdomen can definitely ease the pain. 5) Evening Primrose Oil. Many women swear by Evening Primrose Oil as a cure for their period pains. I personally cannot say I have ever tried it, but cannot dis miss the fact that many have and many say it works well. Probably easiest to tak e in a capsule form, as well as being easily available from chemists or pharmaci es and health food shops. 6) The Pill. Assuming you aren't trying for a baby the pill can help with period pains by regulating your hormones. 7) Lying in a fetal position with your knees tucked up against your chest can ea se the pain caused by period cramps. 8) Mild exercise can help, although that will probably be the last thing you fee l like doing. Gentle exercise like walking and swimming will improve the blood s upply and should therefore help the cramps to decrease. 9) Acupuncture. Many women swear by this for alleviating period pains. Certainly you have nothing to lose by giving it a try as it has proven to be an effective painkiller for all kinds of painful conditions. 10) Alcohol. A glass or two of your favourite tipple can help to relax you (also thinning the blood), and therefore the cramping tissues will relax too. Give th is a try, especially before bed as additionally it will help to get you off to s leep. 11) Massage. Probably more relaxing if someone else does the massaging for you. Concentrate on the lower back and abdomen to ease the pain. 12) Painkillers. I do recommend these in conjunction with other treatments such as Mefenamic Acid tablets, but I also feel the two work best when used together. Painkillers alone rarely solve severe period cramps, probably because it is qui

te simply asking too much of them. 13) Adjust your diet to include plenty of foods high in zinc, calcium and B vita mins. These should reduce the level of bloating and alleviate the cramps. 14) Avoid caffeine, alcohol and tobacco, (yes I know I said before to try a glas s of your favourite tipple to ease the pains, but everyone is different, so in s ome cases alcohol can help and in others it will make the problem worse. You hav e to do what works for you). 15) Try meditation to control the pain and mentally 'switch it off'. In other wo rds 'talk to your brain and tell it what to do'. 16) Eat plenty of Bananas for their Vitamin B6 content. 17) Eat fresh Pineapples for their bromelain content, (bromelain is an enzyme th ought to help relax muscles and therefore possibly help with menstrual cramps). 18) Keep your fluid intake up and drink plenty of water (approx 2 litres per day ). 19) Drink herbal teas, of which there are many to choose from. Popular choices i nclude Chamomile, Valerian, Raspberry leaf, Peppermint, Hibiscus (Red Tea) and R ed Raspberry. 20) Avoid tampons and try to use sanitary towels instead. This avoids pressure b eing placed on the cervix as the tampon swells up. 21) Invest in some Magnesium tablets from your local health food shop. The corre ct dose is between 100 and 200mg taken every 2 hours, but for no longer than 2 d ays. Magnesium is sold in health food shops as magnesium chelate. 500mg of magne sium chelate contains 100mg of magnesium. You can ingest magnesium through your diet too by eating more green vegetables, nuts, seeds and wholegrain foods. 22) Vitamin E is also very helpful if taken for a couple of days prior to your p eriod starting, and then for the first few days after the period actually arrive s. Apparently it is especially effective for teenagers with painful periods. It may also make your periods lighter than normal in some cases. The correct dose i s 400-500 iu of natural Vitamin E taken daily. 23) Zinc (mentioned earlier) can also be taken in tablet form. Do not exceed the recommended dosage though as if you do it can prevent your body absorbing coppe r, manganese and molybdenum in food, and cause nausea, stomach irritation and fa tigue. The recommended dose for period pain is around 40mg of zinc daily for the initial month, then a lower dose of 20mg of zinc daily if it is going to be use d on a long term basis. Zinc in tablets can be labelled in different ways, essen tially you will want either 220mg of zinc chelate twice a day or 20mg of zinc (as chelate) twice a day, this will be made clear on the packaging though, so always double check before you take them. 24) Chasteberry (Vitax Agnus Castus) also helps period pain by increasing the ef fect of progesterone from the ovary. Apparently it is less likely to be effectiv e if you are on the contraceptive pill as well. The correct does is 1000mg taken each morning. Do not use this if you suspect you may be pregnant. 25) Pernaton Gel is made from New Zealand green lipped mussels and is a wonderfu l pain reliever for all sorts of different pains. The reviews on this product ar e amazing, and it is used extensively by people awaiting joint replacements, suf fering from Fibromyalgia, neck pains, arthritis etc. I would strongly suggest yo u give this a try, as although it isn't a cheap product, a little goes a very lo

ng way. Pernaton Gel is Excellent for Pain Relief