We all wish we could find that one panacea that would stop period cramps forever. They can be painful, they can be debilitating and they are most definitely annoying. You’re not alone when it comes to period cramps: over 80% of women1 experience period pain, which in the medical vernacular is called dysmenorrhea.
Pain from cramping can be caused by a number of different conditions, and pain reduction treatments will vary depending on the cause2:
If you are concerned with the severity of the pain or think you may have one of the above conditions, we highly recommend visiting your doctor as soon as possible.
But, if you’re one of 80% of women that have period cramps for that one week every month unrelated to other conditions, then keep reading to find out how to alleviate some of that pain for happier period!
On a positive note, there are several nutritional options, home remedies and medications that can reduce discomfort and pain. However, they may not work for everyone and may not reduce cramping entirely. It may take some experimentation to figure out which of the following works best for you.
|Foods to Avoid on your Period||Examples|
|Greasy foods||Hamburgers, fries, bacon|
|Dairy products||Milk, cheese, ice cream|
|Caffeine||Tea, coffee, certain sodas, energy drinks|
|Capsaicin||Found in chili peppers and other spicy foods|
|High-fiber foods||Leafy greens, legumes, beans, certain fruits|
|High-sodium foods||Yeast breads, condiments, cold cuts|
|Foods that Help with your Period||Examples|
|Mint||Peppermint oil capsule (most effective form)|
|Ginger||Ginger (decaf) tea, dried or fresh ginger|
|Water||Hydrate! (and avoid alcohol + caffeine)|
|Calcium-rich foods||Tofu, fortified orange juice, cereals|
|Magnesium-rich foods||Pumpkin seeds, steamed broccoli, peanuts|
|Vitamin B6 and potassium-rich foods||Bananas, wholegrain cereals, eggs, fish|
|Flavonoids (compounds with
|Chamomile tea, cherry juice, blueberries|
Many natural remedies have proven effective for some women at reducing pain associated with period cramps. Only try those that you feel comfortable with.
While medications can surely reduce the discomfort from period cramping, it’s important to check with your doctor before taking any medicines, even over-the-counter ones.
If taking over-the-counter medicines still does not do the trick even after switching up your diet and trying some of the other home remedies, your doctor may be able to help you with other pain management treatments and solutions as well as rule out any other potential causes of your period pain.
Well, that depends on you! If you have a more serious condition that is causing your cramping, then these suggestions likely won’t make the cut (plus, you should really see your doctor if it’s more than just “normal” period cramping).
For those that want to take the edge off, it will likely require experimentation and some combination of the above. While patience is hard to have when you’ve got period cramps, over time you’ll be able to figure out which methods work best for you to reduce your pain.
Here’s to happier, pain-free periods!
by Insider Envy Staff