Dysmenorrhea, similar to menstrual cramping, is one of the most common problems women experience.
Dysmenorrhea is a sharp, dull and intense pain similar to a cramp that occurs in the abdomen a few days prior to menstruating. Its symptoms can last two or three days. Provided by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the following measures can help prevent the use of medications that require a medical prescription in order to treat dysmenorrhea.
- Place a heating pad on your lower abdomen, just below your belly button.
- Use your fingers to gently massage the area around your lower abdomen in a circular motion.
- Drink hot liquids.
- Eat small amounts, yet do so frequently.
- Keep your feet up while you are laying down or lay on your side with your legs bent.
- Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga.
- Try using over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen.
- Take hot baths or showers.
- Walk or exercise regularly, include exercise that helps stabilize your pelvis.
- Do aerobic exercises regularly.
If the pain persists, however, it is important to be seen by a specialist.