The Menstrual Pain Guide - ellen®
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The Menstrual Pain Guide

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Ovulation

Ovulation involves a mature egg being released from the ovary and transported to the fallopian tube, where it can be fertilized. When no fertilization occurs, the lining of the uterus is shed and your period begins.

Ovulation can cause a light pain in the lower stomach, but some women don’t  experience any pain at all. You may feel cramping when your period starts, but also for a few days beforehand.

If you find that ordinary painkillers do not help against your cramping, or if you experience sudden  pain that you have not had before, you should contact a health care center or gynecologist.

PMS/PMDD

Some women find that periods affect their mood and sense of well being. If you experience rapid mood swings , feel anxious, distressed and depressed, you could be suffering from PMS or PMDD.

Click here to read more about these problems.

Exercise

It might feel contradictory to exercise when you’re in pain and you would prefer to curl up in bed, but light exercise can help increase blood flow in the body and soothe the cramping.

Suggested activities:

  • Yoga
  • Walking
  • Swimming

Adapt your female hygiene product

Find a female hygiene product, or a combination of products, that suits you and your needs. A sanitary pad can be comfortable if your body feels tense or sore, while a tampon or menstrual cup can be  practical and easy.

Try out various products to find the ones that work for you and enable you to feel as comfortable as possible during your period.

Fluid

You may feel bloated and suffer from fluid retention during your period, therefore  you can consider drinking more water or other beverages. This may cause you to pee more regularly and help the fluid balance in the body.

Diet

Five meals a day and a varied diet help your body to maintain an even energy level. Fruit and vegetables also contain water that can help to maintain the fluid balance.

Heat

Heat helps the body to relax and can feel nice on the area that hurts. A wheat bag is a good option if you want to focus the heat on a particular area, while an electric blanket helps the entire body to relax.

Sleep

There is a lot going on in your body during your period, so it is perhaps not strange that you may feel more tired than usual. Make sure you get enough sleep so your body has a chance to recover.

Tip!

Start by taking a hot shower or bath before going to bed, then take a wheat bag with you to bed for pleasant relaxation until you fall asleep.

Notes

Take notes during your period.

This can help you prepare for your period.

When is the pain most severe and how long does it take for the cramping to subside? How do you feel in general before, during and after your period?

Getting to know your period also means getting to know yourself.