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Sweet Agony – What to Do When Menstrual Cramps Become Unbearable
Menstrual cramps are just one of the joys of being a woman. Unfortunately, they're about as joyful as receiving a root canal, especially if you're one of those women who suffer from especially powerful cramps. The throbbing in your lower abdomen is more than just an annoyance. In fact, it's enough to make you homicidal, but before you do anything you'll regret later, put down the knife and consider your options. If the pain interferes with your quality of life, speak to your doctor. You may have an underlying condition that needs to be addressed. But if you're just a healthy woman with naturally painful cramps, try some of the following remedies.
Make the Pain Go Away
Have a baby. Okay, don't shoot the messenger here. Maybe this option should be kept on the back burner, but according to the MayoClinic, women who give birth are less likely to suffer from serious menstrual cramps. So if you're not thinking of having a baby, just proceed to the next step, but if you have been pursuing the idea of motherhood, maybe now is the time.
Take birth control pills. This recommendation comes with a caveat. Birth control will get your period under control, but be aware that they may also cause side effects of their own, such as breast tenderness, reduced libido, reduced vaginal sensitivity, bloating and mood swings. Some of these side effects are only temporary, but you should be aware of all of the factors involved.
**Women under age 20 are at a higher risk for severe cramps, according to the MayoClinic.**
Take an herbal remedy from menstrual cramps. If you're concerned about the side effects of birth control pills, you may be better off with a natural herbal solution. Natural ingredients like Chasteberry, Cramp Bark, Dong Quai and Magnesium have been shown to reduce cramping without side effects.
Change your diet. Certain foods have been shown to fight the symptoms of PMS including cramping. Eat plenty of salmon, yogurt, oatmeal and chicken breast, especially when it's your time of the month. You should notice a reduction in PMS symptoms, and all without side effects. Best of all, you have the perfect excuse to eat delicious foods.
Quit smoking. If you're a smoker, you should know that your habit can greatly exacerbate the problem of menstrual cramping. You may be able to get the pain under control simply by quitting, and best of all, you'll achieve a wealth of other health benefits as well. Quitting isn't easy, but it will add years to your life.
**Painful menstrual cramps can actually be hereditary, so if your mother suffered from this common scourge, you may as well.**
Getting the Cramps Under Control
By amending your diet, giving up the cigarettes (if applicable to you) and taking a targeted herbal supplement, you should be able to experience relief from menstrual cramping in very little time. But if the problem persists despite these efforts, speak to your doctor at once. It's easy to just accept the symptom as a natural—albeit annoying—inevitability of womanhood, but your body may in fact be trying to tell you something.

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