Text by Clarissa Wemple of the pslove company
Menstrual cramps are a very familiar occurrence amongst us ladies. In fact, it has been reported to affect more than 50% of menstruating females, with anti-inflammatory drugs being one of the top choices for pain relief. However, with the potential short-term side effects already ranging from nausea to diarrhoea, its long-term effects are underestimated.
To save you from all that fuss, we’ve put together a list of natural, drug-free alternatives for you to consider when wanting to ease your menstrual cramps.
It has been clinically proven that heat is a fast and effective source of pain-relief for menstrual cramps. This is because heat helps to dilate your blood vessels; increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrition to the cramped abdomen muscles. It also helps to reduce the pain signals sent to your brain, bringing you great comfort.
Heat can come in the form of hot water bottles, hot towels, and now a more convenient and portable method, Heat Therapy Patches, such as MenstruHeat; so think about this for a more immediate and effective pain relief before you pop in a painkiller!