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Aunt Flo: 12 Surprising Ways To Get Rid Of Painful Cramps

Written By ILEANA PAULES-BRONET

Every month, women have to spend a week suffering though their periods. While menstruation is different for everyone, many women experience the same symptoms.

Regardless of whether their flow is light or heavy, it’s not fun to spend a week worrying about underwear, pants, and sheets.

On top of that, most women experience menstrual cramps. Cramps can be one of the most unenjoyable parts of having a period: they’re painful, uncomfortable, and hard to manage.

Even though you deal with them all the time, you might be wondering, “What causes cramps?” According to WebMD, “Menstrual cramps are caused by contractions in the uterus, which is a muscle.”

Since your uterus sheds its inner lining during menstruation, it goes through contractions to complete the process.

“If the uterus contracts too strongly, it can press against nearby blood vessels, cutting off the supply of oxygen to the muscle tissue of the uterus. Pain results when part of a muscle briefly loses its supply of oxygen,” explains WebMD.

If you spend that week every month taking painkillers and hoping for the best, I have good news for you! There are a ton of at-home remedies for period cramps, so you can put the pills away.

Check out the 12 home remedies below for some great relief on your next period!

How To Get Rid Of Cramps Naturally
Cramps Remedy #1: Yoga

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Light exercise is very helpful when it comes to easing menstrual cramps.

Lori Kenyon Farley, a Certified Nutrition Consultant, says, “The increased blood flow and the endorphins help counteract the prostaglandins and reduce cramping.”

Certain yoga positions are great for menstrual cramps: they’re low intensity and focus on stretching and balance instead of cardio (but try to avoid any inversions).

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