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Dealing with Menstrual Cramps and Lower Back Pain

menstrual crampsMost women find themselves putting up with the discomfort and many other unpleasant symptoms of menstruation. Other than feeling bloated, being moody and irritable and feeling tired, there are cramps and lower back pain that one has to deal with. Unfortunately, not every woman can afford to stay in bed during those days.

Therefore, those who often suffer during their monthly flow should find ways to ease their menstrual cramps and lower back pain.

Everyone knows that women’s hormones change during menstruation. These changes are responsible for the abdominal cramping as well as the lower back pains women experience during the period. The chemicals prostaglandins promote uterine contractions by which the uterus sheds its lining together with the unfertilized egg. It is these contractions that lead to cramps and pain in the lower back muscles. Lower back pain during menstruation is not serious and will be gone in a few days.

Of course you know that all discomfort will soon be gone but who would not want to be spared from all that pain in the lower back and the abdomen. If what you need is immediate relief, you can take pain killers or other over-the-counter medications. It would be better, not to mention safer, to check with your doctor instead of self-medicating.

However, if you are one of those people who would rather stay away from medications, you can resort to a miscellany of home remedies. You can lessen those muscular contractions by taking a warm and comforting drink like tea. A warm shower or warm batch would also be helpful.

Another alternative is the use of a heating pad. Place it on your lower back for a few minutes only and repeat as necessary. Never leave the heating pad on your body for too long to avoid burns and damaging other tissues at the back. Still, you can opt to get a soothing massage to ease away all those pains.

Sometimes, all that you need to do to alleviate the lower back pain caused by menstruation is to change your sleeping position, at least for the duration of your flow. The trick is to use additional pillows. If you are used to lying face down or on your side, this time you need to lie on your back. Then place one or two smaller pillows under the curve of your lower back. Then, slide your feet to rest on the bed but keep your knees elevated. Hint – you can also prop them up using another small pillow. Next, slide your legs so that your feet are on the bed, but your knees are elevated. That should take care of your lower back pain as you sleep.

If you wish to know more on how to treat lower back pain caused by menstruation, you can get additional information from many online sources. There are many websites that deal with the topic. Some are written by doctors and other medical experts while others are advice given by women who “have been there.” Gear up and be prepared for a very interesting search. Who know, you might stumble onto a lesser known but very effective remedy.

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