Painful periods or menstruation or dysmenorrhea is very common. Women typically suffer from throbbing or cramping pains in the lower abdomen usually on the first day or throughout their periods. This pain could be due to endometriosis, in which tissues that grow in the inner lining of the uterus (endometrium) start growing outside. As a result, there is bleeding inside the ovary or around the uterus in the pelvic cavity. This leads to painful muscle cramps.

Tips to deal with period pain
Here are ways in which you can deal with menstrual cramps naturally:

Yoga and exercise: Regularly doing yoga asanas is known to alleviate the pain. Yoga is known to be an effective remedy against painful periods because it helps increase blood circulation, regulate breathing and help calm your stressful mind. Certain yoga asanas like the butterfly pose or baddhakonasana can open up your pelvic cavity and help ease the flow of blood. Extended frog pose or uttana mandukasana and Surya Namaskar are some of the other yoga exercises that you can do regularly to have pain-free periods. Make sure that you perform these yoga asanas continually to see the best results. Exercises help release endorphins which are the feel good hormones that keep you from feeling sad and lethargic during this period.

Keep away from salt: Ever noticed how you feel bloated during periods? Consumption of salty foods or packaged foods that have an excess of sodium can aggravate bloating and cramps. Avoid excess intake of salt during these four days. Even if you tempted to eat a whole bunch of French Fries or a whole tub of ice cream, refrain from doing so.

Eat more vegetables and fruits: You need food that’s full of valuable nutrients to help you give energy for the loss of blood you experience during periods. Carrots, papaya, cucumbers, tomatoes, whole grains, nuts like walnuts, almonds and cashew nuts, seeds, legumes, fatty fish which have omega 3 fatty acids like salmon, protein sources like chicken are extremely good for you.

Up your intake of calcium: Milk and dairy products can provide you with a good amount of calcium that will help you deal with period problems.

Avoid caffeine: Coffee, tea and other caffeinated beverages can make you dehydrated and make your pain worse. It is best to stick to fresh fruits juices, coconut water, kokum sherbet, sugarcane juice or buttermilk to hydrate yourself. And of course, drink plenty of water.