Periods can be a difficult time with cramps, pains and mood swings. Most of us have to go to school/college/work on our periods and even routine tasks become difficult. Below are some helpful tips to handle yourself at such times.

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Vitamins

Moods are not just about emotions. Certain vitamins can play a great role in regulating them. Most people cannot access as many vitamins as they need through diet and would need supplements. However, these are side-effect free and over the counter drugs that you can easily buy from a medical store. Most importantly, vitamins B and E tend to have a helpful effect on mood regulation. Further, vitamins and also help you keep up your strength and avoid fatigue.

Herbs

Certain herbs are found to help in detoxifying the system and helping to relieve pain and mood symptoms. Research is still identifying what kind of herb and her properties are helpful. A herb called chaste berry has been found to help with pain and clotting. An indian ayurvedic component called kamarkakdi helps with pain and white discharge (occurring before/after periods). Go to registered practitioner if you want to give ayurvedic/herbal help a shot.

Other Therapies

A lot of the symptoms in periods can occur due to a lack of progesterone and the use of a progesterone cream can help to alleviate these symptoms. It is applied to lower abdomen and thighs and helps to restore hormonal equilibrium that can help with the symptoms.

Other therapies which may help include acupuncture and magnetic therapies. Acupuncture may increase circulation and elevate endorphins, which enhance mood and alleviate pain. In one study, 78 % of the women who had an acupuncture session found relief from symptoms. Magnetic therapy has been found to help mood symptoms in depression and anxiety by affected blood flow and hormones, and shows promise of doing the same for menstrual pain. The magnet is to be wore on the side of the panties.

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Exercise

When you are in pain, it may seem counter-intuitive to exercise, but this has actually been found to be helpful. Exercising helps to release ‘feel good’ hormones and reduce stress, which improves both the mood swings and the pain. Cardiovascular exercises also help to smoothen blood flow, so the blood clots that give you pain in the back and abdomen will reduce by half the next morning!

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Other Tips

Other things that you could is to use a heat pack on the part where it pains. Mild heat is soothing and will melt any blood clots which are leading to pain. Even though it smells to go to the loo, make sure to change your pad every 4 hours to avoid later complications. You can find out more about tampons and menstrual cups if you are looking to switch. Yoga and prananayama can also be very helpful.

Armed with these tips, you will hopefully face much less pain and misery as compared to before! Good luck.

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