5 Effective Ways to Relieve Bad Period Cramps

HEALTH  |  March 19, 2018
  • Use Livia
    1 / 5 Use Livia

    Designed to stop the sensory receptors of your nerve fibres from registering pain, Livia aims to be the off button for your period cramps.

    The tiny squarish device comes with two gel pads that can be placed below your belly button or where it hurts while the device discreetly hooks onto your pants or skirt. The gel pads then send pulses to the nerves to block these pain signals from being sent to your brain.

    Livia is currently taking preorders from users on crowd-funding site IndieGoGo and for now, prices are at US$85 for a kit inclusive of worldwide shipping. Delivery for these preorders are set to happen in October.

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  • Soak in a hot bath
    2 / 5 Soak in a hot bath

    Soaking in a hot bath or even placing a hot water bottle over the affected area can help the uterus’ passageway expand and allow for blood and uterine lining to flow more easily. It also relieves inflammation so youll feel less bloated.

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  • Eat a high-fibre diet
    3 / 5 Eat a high-fibre diet

    Research has suggested that reducing fat and increasing your vegetable intake could cause lower levels of inflammation in the body. Lowered inflammation puts less stress on the uterus when your period is on its way.

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  • Lie With Your Feet Elevated
    4 / 5 Lie With Your Feet Elevated

    Lying with your feet propped up on a pillow reduces pressure on your pelvic floor, which is said to help ease cramping. Take deep breaths and try to relax.

    Some have also found that lying on your side, with knees towards your chest, eases the pain.

    (Also Read: 16 Amazing Period Facts Every Girl Should Know)

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  • Do pelvic floor exercises
    5 / 5 Do pelvic floor exercises

    Exercising increases the amount of feel good endorphins in your body, taking your mind off the pain.

    However, it doesnt have to be vigorous exercise. Mild movements like stretching and yoga could help to keep your heart rate up and relief some cramps.

    A version of this story first appeared in The Singapore Women’s Weekly. The go-to, trusted magazine for the latest news and information in areas that matter most to the professional working woman, The Singapore Women’s Weekly is now available in both print and digital formats. Visit www.WomensWeekly.com.sg for more.

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