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Women go through enough, much more than men I like to believe. For example, menstrual cramps are just one of the many hassles that bother women on a monthly basis. Sometimes they can even last a couple weeks, which is horrible to think about.

But, research has found a few links to menstrual cramps that are actually good for reducing the pain. So if you’re looking for a way to cure those menstrual cramps you’ve come to the right place. I’m sure you have heard of some of these methods. But have you tried them?

Here are the 6 best ways, according to research, that reduce menstrual cramps:

1. Lose the Caffeine

Caffeine constricts blood vessels, which can make cramping even worse. Doctors recommend avoid any form of caffeine, which includes coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, and even chocolate. If you’re experiencing heavy cramps stay away from caffeine and you’ll notice a severe difference.

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2. Start Doing Yoga

Try and do some yoga, specifically yoga that stretches the pelvis and lumbar region, where the pain is most severe. Talk to a yoga instructor and get the best feedback available on the pain and the exercises you should be doing to feel better, or ease the cramping. Yoga has often been a successful alternative to medicine, especially when it comes to menstrual cramping.

3. Aromatherapy Massage

The tenser you remain the more likely you are to experience severe cramping. Studies have shown that acupressure of the ear can relieve cramping, specifically in teens. Or you could try lavender oil massages, which have also been linked to reduced cramping in women. Try and stay as relaxed as possible, which I know is easier said than done while battling pain, but give it a shot.

4. Try Herbal Products

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Go out and buy yourself some red raspberry leaf tea, which has been linked to helping decrease bleeding and reduce cramping. Or, if you experience water retention and cramping try dandelion tea, which helps reduce the amount of water in your body. Herbal teas are a great way to fight back against menstrual pain.

5. Raise the Heat

Doctors suggest that women use heat to open blood vessels and improve blood flow, both of which reduce cramping. Try taking a hot bath, or placing a pad or even a hot water bottle on your lower belly. Here are many ways in which you can apply heat to the pain. From my experience before, completely unrelated, heat has worked to combat pain quite effectively.

6. Get Moving Around

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Try aerobic exercises that get your heart rate up, which will cause you to sweat more. Exercise will help take your mind off the pain. Doctors also insist that exercise will help make you stronger and more able to combat the pain. The stronger you are the more capable you are at fighting off the constant pain.

When to See a Doctor

There are always certain points when the pain is too severe and that is when you should seek medical attention. The following symptoms are warning signs of a more serious health issue.

– You’re pain lasts longer than it usually does.

– You think you may be pregnant.

– You have a fever.

– You begin to vomit or feel nauseous.

– You’re bleeding much more than usual.

Keep this information in mind, and try out these different methods. You never know what might work for you, and it definitely can’t hurt to try.

If you’re looking for more information on menstrual cramps you can visit everyday Health.

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