I don't know anyone who doesn't dread their period. Not only are you going to be bleeding, but it also means cramping, bloating, irritability, fatigue, and many other unpleasant symptoms. However, I have some tips to help you feel better and not let your period get the best of you.

  1. Heat: Break out the heating pad. Heat therapy is an easy and effective way to reduce cramps or lower back pain associated with menses. Use a heating pad or heat wrap to apply directly to the affected areas to help those muscles to relax.
  2. Tea: Ginger tea is rich in anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Chamomile tea will help soothe you to sleep and has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties to help alleviate menstrual cramps. Cinnamon tea is a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation and bloating associated with menstruation.
  3. Essential Oils: Massaging essential oils such as rose, lavender, clary sage, or geranium mixed with a carrier oil into the lower abdomen reduces menstrual cramps and inflammation and alleviates bloating. This should be started at least one week before the beginning of your period to be effective.
  4. Supplements: Fill up on fiber to reduce bloating and promote healthy digestion. Consistently take a multivitamin with calcium, magnesium, iron, and vitamins E, B6, B12, and omega-3s. All of these will help lessen the severity of most period symptoms.

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With love,

Dr. Horton