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    Best At-Home Natural Remedies for Menstrual Cramps + Period Pain


    Most women experience menstrual cramps, also known as dysmenorrhea, around the time of their cycle. The level in severity of pain can vary from a slow, steady ache in the abdomen to the the laying-prostate-down-for-the-count kind of cramps. We’ve put together a list of do-it-yourself remedies to treat your PMS woes at home. Whether it’s some nurturing you are looking for or pain relief to keep up with your daily grind, rather than breaking out the Midol this round, give one of these 7 natural remedies for menstrual cramps a try. 

    1. Heat Things Up.

    One of the most common and oldest remedies is to apply heat or a hot compress to your lower abdomen or lower back, which can be as effective as an over-the-counter medicine.

    2. Go for a Little Soak.

    Light a candle, put on some Nina Simone or Carla Bruni and head for some water therapy by soaking in a hot bath filled with bubbles or lavender epsolm salt.

    3. Exercise.

    Contrary to what was once taught, exercise can actually be a great way to relieve cramps. Releasing endorphins not only elevates your mood but acts as a natural painkiller for cramps. Try a few restorative yoga poses that help increase blood flow to the uterus, relieve stress and help you feel more relaxed.

    image_blog4. Herbal Power.

    Swap out coffee for tea before and during your cycle to help reduce menstrual cramps. Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, making blood vessels that serve the uterus constrict. So put a kettle on and try sipping some lovely tea blends like Yogi’s Woman’s Moon Cycle®, Traditional Medicinals PMS Tea®, or Healthy Cycle® tea. Alternatively, look for teas with cinnamon, chamomile, ginger or turmeric to help curb the dullest of aches in your abdomen.

    5. Eat Your Nanners.

    Bananas aren’t just good for leg cramps on a big hike, they are rich in potassium and vitamin B6, which can help reduce bloating and cramping. One banana can replace up to 487 milligrams, or 10% of your daily recommended intake, according to the Linus Pauling Institute.  Drinking lots of water can also help reduce bloating and the pain associated with it.

    6. Relax and get your Zzz’s.

    Spend some time reading a good book or meditating to help your body relax. We all know sleep is critical to overall good health, but it can be even more important at this time of the month. Having interruptions in your regular sleep rhythms can interfere with your cycle, potentially resulting in more irritability and cramps. Next time you find your sleep interrupted for this reason, curl up in the fetal position. According to an interview with Glamour, Dr Lisa Mindley, MD told the magazine that "sleeping in the fetal position takes pressure off the abdominal muscles,” as it causes the “the skeletal muscles around your abdomen” to relax. 

    7. Time to Get Busy.

    It has been cited by many experts that having an orgasm can be a great way to relieve pain and release tension in the uterus. When the uterine muscles contract in an orgasm, the body releases various brain chemicals, including oxytocin and endorphins, which are natural pain relievers. Experts have also cited sex as a form of exercise and stress relief, so consider it multi-remedy-tasking. (Note: we will be covering period sex in a future post, so stay tuned…)

    While every woman’s period experience is different and there is no universal solution for all women, trying something new can help you know your own body more.

    What works for you? What do you do to relieve cramps or menstrual pain? Share with the community, so that others might benefit.

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    63 reviews
    Amazing for heavy workouts!!

    This cup is amazing – I ran with it today and all of my other menstrual cups have been an utter disaster for heavy workouts, but this one is awesome. Thank you so much! 😍

    Great first cup!

    I read a ton of reviews and watched a bunch of YouTube videos before I finally picked this for my first menstrual cup. Of course, my period showed up yesterday and I was both terrified and excited to try this thing out.

    I’m 41 and haven’t had children and absolutely no clue how high or low my cervix is, but I got the small size. I picked this cup because it seemed to be both a little firm where the structures are but soft everywhere else. I was afraid if I bought a cup that was too soft it wouldn’t open up and I might leak, and if I bought one that was too firm, it might be uncomfortable with my mind-numbing cramps or make it harder to go pee. I was hoping it would be my goldilocks firmness so I wouldn’t have to try several cups to get the right one. While, I haven’t tried other cups to compare it too, this cup does definitely seem to be perfect because it has both firmness and softness to it.

    Inserting the cup at first was a little awkward but not really hard. It definitely opened up right away. The guide that comes with the cup gives lots of helpful tips to make sure you have a good seal, and I followed all of them just to make sure I got it in right. I’ve read reviews on other cups where if the person sat a certain way they could feel the stem, and I was trying to avoid that with this cup. I’ve been able to leave the stem on and I can’t feel it regardless of what position I’m in or activity I’m doing.

    A few times throughout the day, I would feel a gush of flow coming out and was certain that I had just leaked everwhere, but when I checked there was nothing on my pad, so I believe it was just my flow releasing into the cup. After a few hours I took it out, just to make sure I didn’t overflow or anything. It was a bit tricky removing it my first time, but the stem and pinch grips, the way they are, make it fairly easy. The first time I think maybe I inserted it too far because I’m used to using tampons. I bared down a bit and it moved down where I was able to easily remove it without trouble or discomfort. Since, I don’t insert the cup as far and I haven’t had any issues since, but even if you did, it’s easy to just bare down a bit to help the process. The cup was less than half full, which made me feel like I could wear it overnight without a mess. I’m pleased to say I can now sleep all night without having to get up and change my tampon and pad (I wore both before to prevent leaks). This alone was worth the purchase to me. I hate wearing pads––they are so uncomfortable and smell. I also believe since using this product, my cramps are significantly less. I don’t know if it’s just in my head, but it really seems like they are better. All in all, this was a great first cup experience and I completely recommend it!

    VOXAPOD Menstrual Cup
    Katie Morson
    I would give this ten stars if I could!

    Okay, I’ve been a cup user for over 12 years and had several cups over the years, most of them shaped basically the same way: conical with a harder stem. This cup’s design is a total game-changer, in my opinion. With all of my other cups, removing it was always a bit of a challenge because I would pinch at the base but the suction seal at the top would not break, so I would have to put my finger in and push the whole side of the cup in while I tried to pull it out otherwise it would be uncomfortable when removing the cup. This cup has a thicker line of silicone that goes from the bottom of the cup where you pinch for removal up to the suction hole at the top (basically acting as my finger used to do for removing other cups), so now I can just pinch at the base and the suction remains broken while I’m trying to remove the cup which is waaaaayyyyyy more comfortable! Goood gosh, what a smart design. Also, sometimes with my other cups the stem would poke me if I moved or sat a certain way and this one NEVER does. So, if you’re wondering if this cup really is that much better, it definitely is and I could see how it would reduce the learning curve for first-time cup users especially. If I could give this product ten stars, I would! THANK YOU!

    The design of this cup is better than others!

    I think the firmer lip on top is what helps it to be such an effective, secure product. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making it so much more comfortable to be a woman! I will continue to spread the word.

    Big fan and would totally recommend.

    I am one of the Kickstarter backers and wanted to write in to tell you how awesome your product is. Of the three cups I own, this one is by FAR the most comfortable. It conforms and seals itself properly with virtually no assistance, and I never leak with it compared to the other two, which would leak occasionally for no reason. I'm a pretty big fan!