Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How to Stop Period Pain from Ruining Your Day; Experts Tell LIZ CONNOR Their Tips for Easing Cramps and Bloating at 'That' Time of the Month

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How to Stop Period Pain from Ruining Your Day; Experts Tell LIZ CONNOR Their Tips for Easing Cramps and Bloating at 'That' Time of the Month

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Byline: LIZ CONNOR their

AS MOST women know, it's common to feel pain when you menstruate - millions of us around the world suffer period cramps every month. But that doesn't make dealing with the agony of your monthly cycle any easier, especially when you add the likes of nausea, vomiting and regular toilet trips to the mix.

"Just because it's a regular and common occurrence, doesn't mean you should put up with the pain caused by menstrual cramps," says GP Dr Dawn Harper. "Being proactive can enable you to effectively manage your pain, so you can carry on with your day."

Applying hot bottle ease " But how can you stop period pain in its tracks? We asked Dr Harper and Mr Jullien Brady, gynaecology consultant at BMI The Manor Hospital, to give us their expert-approved tips

TRY ABDOMINAL MASSAGE A LIGHT, circular massage around your lower abdomen can help reduce pain, and you could try some stretches too. Lie on your back with your legs straight out, bend one knee and pull it up to your chin.

Hug your knee with both hands and hold the position, then repeat on the other side.

REACH FOR THE HEAT RELIEF USING a hot water bottle on your tummy can help reduce pain from menstrual cramps, because the heat helps to relax the abdominal muscles that are contracting during your period. As a relaxing alternative, opt for a warm bath. Applying heat to your body twice a day can help make a big difference.

a water can cramps AVOID YOUR TRIGGERS CERTAIN foods and drinks may actually make the cramps worse. Although it can be tempting to reach for the chocolate or wine, this may actually make the pain more acute for some women. If you note that anything does seem to make it worse, then try and avoid these triggers if possible.

EFFECTIVE PAIN RELIEF OVER-THE-COUNTER oral pain relief is a go-to option for period pain. There are now non-addictive options available in pharmacies, to help you step up your pain relief whilst enabling you to carry on with your day, with as few side effects as possible. …

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