During childhood, girls often are intrigued and excited about the whole concept of menstruation, because it implies growing up. But once puberty is reached, the thrill of young adulthood is dampened for millions by menstrual cramps.
Lower abdomen cramps or back pain during your periods are normal.
To expel these dead tissues, the uterus contracts, leading to cramps. This is a normal process, but since cramps could also be caused by certain diseases, it’s a good idea to consult a doctor.
“In young and single women, [the pain] can be physiological dysmenorrhea, which goes away after marriage,” says Dr Poonam Khera, senior consultant, gynaecology, BLK Super Speciality Hospital, Delhi.
“Inflammation of the uterus does cause pain. Factors like fast food and bad sleeping habits are indirect causes, as blood supply to the brain gets compromised,” says Dr Nupur Gupta, gynaecologist and obstetrician, Well Women Clinic.
Go for a hot shower.
Try a cup of warm milk with two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses or herbal tea.
For more comfort, take a hot shower or place a hot water bottle under your back or on the lower abdomen. Stick to easy cardio activities.
Courtesy: Prema Gauba, The Hindustan Times