Period cramps are something we all have gone through at some point in our life. Some menstruators have to bear cramps every time they menstruate while others hardly feel anything. Though period cramps are a natural phenomenon and are caused when prostaglandins trigger the contractions in the uterus. These contractions occur to help the uterus shed its lining.
But one should be concerned when certain symptoms arise :
Excessive menstrual cramps
Pain in the pelvic region
Spotting between periods
Abdominal bloating and nausea
These are some of the very common symptoms of endometriosis. It is a condition in which the tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus. It is considered a chronic condition which if untreated can cause certain long term issues such as infertility, chronic depression, anxiety etc.
To find out if you have endometriosis or not consult your health physician. They can conduct a pelvic examination, MRI, laparoscopy and ultrasound to find out about the condition. Endometriosis requires medical attention, hormonal therapy, surgery in most cases. Though endometriosis has no particular cure, it can be treated in most cases to relieve certain symptoms.
Some of the remedies that can be tried naturally to relieve some the symptoms are:
Heat: As known, heat can easily help relax the pelvic muscles giving pain relief in most cases. Warm baths, hot water bottles, or heating pads can be used to treat cramps effectively.
Anti inflammatory foods: Eating anti inflammatory foods does not provide instant relief but in the long run it can be beneficial. Foods that should be included in the diet are green leafy veggies, ginger, chia seed, berries etc.
Light exercise and Yoga: Doing some light exercise can help reduce the intensity of the symptoms and provide pain relief as it helps release endorphins hormones which makes one feel better.
Other than the above mentioned techniques using castor oil for massage, taking pelvic massages, increasing multivitamins intakes can also prove to be beneficial. Endometriosis is a condition which cannot be prevented and can occur at any age. But if diagnosed at an early stage, effective treatment can help to improve the condition.