For those of you who suffer from premenstrual symptoms (PMS) including cramps and nausea, you’re not alone. More than 50% of menstruating women suffer from dysmenorrhea, painful menstruation that typically involves abdominal cramps. Why? During the luteal phase of your menstrual cycle, estrogen and testosterone levels drop which leads to PMS, or pre-menstrual symptoms, uterine contractions, fatigue and irritability. If you’re interested in ways to naturally alleviate these pesky symptoms, here are 4 of my favorites (research supported, of course).
Try using a heating pad or warm water bottle against your abdomen area to help relax the muscles and relieve cramps. Another option is to soak in a warm bath to help other muscles in the body to relax as well. Use a bath salt with essential oils for an added perk.
PMS Ease Body Butter
If you’re looking for a creamy, feel-good product to help PMS systems, PMS Ease by Love Yourself helps relieve cramping, nausea, hot flashes, and moodiness with its signature blend of moisturizers and essential oils. Think of it as an aromatherapy massage. In fact, one study found that women who received aromatherapy abdominal massage the seven days leading up to menstruating had significantly lower levels of menstrual pain and less bleeding. Less pain and shorter periods, yes please!
If you prefer aromatherapy without the massage or bath, using a few drops of essential oils in a diffuser can also go a long way. Rose essential oil not only has a pleasant aroma known for being emotionally uplifting, but it has been shown to alleviate PMS symptoms when used the few days leading up to your period. Lavender and Clary Sage also sooth monthly discomfort associated with menstrual cramps and hot flashes and have been shown to have an antidepressant-like effect, reducing stress and increasing concentration.
Yes, it’s true. When you have an orgasm, your body releases oxytocin, a chemical that not only makes you feel more connected to your partners, but it also reduces stress and alleviates pain. The body also releases serotonin and endorphins with skin to skin contact which also acts as a natural painkiller and generates euphoric, or happy, feelings.