How to Avoid Painful Menstrual Periods


May 9, 2009

Being a woman, your body undergoes numerous changes throughout life. Initially, you go through the development of certain body parts like breasts, hairs under your arms and genital area and adding to it, are the psychological changes. By the time you learn to adjust to these changes, the time for menstruation cycle arrives that brings a long list of discomforts and problems with it. When you cross your teens or say, enter into adulthood, the biggest experience of your life is waiting for you- pregnancy. After pregnancy, you have to meet the challenge of upbringing the child with a good mind and body. Then comes the time when you cross your 40s, the age of menopause which again changes your life physically and mentally both.

Women can use a menstrual calendar to predict their periods, chart their pain and emotional responses to the hormonal changes that happen each month. Using this calendar a woman can begin taking ibuprofen 2 times a day the day before she expects her period. Ibuprofen blocks the prostaglandin receptors in the uterus and significantly decreases the pain and cramping.

Some women also suffer from constipation during the beginning of their period. Eating 8 servings of fruits and vegetables and maintaining a healthy colon, at least 3 days before she expects her period, will decrease the pain and discomfort from constipation.

The following dietary changes will help. Avoid or drastically reduce your consumption of: sugar, alcohol, salt, coffee, tea and chocolate. Removing these from your diet will help to balance your blood sugar, water and hormonal levels. These foods also contribute to the body’s toxic levels and removing them will reduce your toxicity.

Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables whole grains, nuts and seeds, beans and pulses and unrefined cold presses vegetable or seed oils. These foods will provide you with a range of nutrients that will assist in calming your muscles and nervous system so that the cramping is reduced. They will also assist the body to remove toxins.



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.