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Menstrual Problems – Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies and Diet and other Measures

Menstrual problems are the problem related to periods. Estrogen and progesterone are two hormones that are produced in ovaries. A girl starts releasing large quantities of estrogen at about 12 years of age. The commencement of menstruation at this time herald the reproductive phase of a woman’s life. The problems related to menstrual flow is menstrual pain and cramps, pre-menstrual tension, excessive menstruation.

CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS OF MENSTRUAL PERIOD

– Anxiety
– Stress
– Depression
– Smoking
PREMENSTRUAL TENSION AND MENSTRUAL CRAMPS
Few days before the period starts, some women face:
– nervous
– irritable
– mood swings
– depression
– headaches
– insomnia
– swelling in abdomen
– bloating
– sometimes constipation
These symptoms cease within twenty four hours of the start of the menstrual flow.
EXCESSIVE MENSTRUAL FLOW OR MENORRHAGIA
– Fibroids may cause excessive menstrual flow.
STOPPAGE OF MENSTRUAL FLOW OR AMENORRHOEA
It is natural during pregnancy and at menopause. The main causes are :
– anemia
– fright, worry or any other emotional disturbance.
– tuberculosis
– womb malformation
– womb displacement
– debility
PAINFUL MENSTRUATION OR DYSMENORRHOEA
The pain is felt two or three days before or during the flow. Sometimes the pain starts a week before. Hormonal imbalance may also be a reason behind painful menstruation.

REMEDIES FOR MENSTRUAL PROBLEMS

– Boil cinnamon in milk and drink it on a daily basis. It helps in curing cramps.
Beet root juice is a very good remedy during menstrual problems.
Ginger boiled in water should be taken three times a day after meals.
– Blend and drink 75 milliliters of parsley, beet, carrot, and cucumber juices to reduce cramps.
Basil possesses a pain-killing component called caffeic acid, which can bring relief to menstrual cramping.
– Half a teaspoon of powdered sesame seeds taken with hot water twice daily reduces pain during menstruation.
Papaya helps the contraction of the muscle fibers of the uterus and secures a proper menstrual flow.
– One banana flower eaten with one cup of curd will reduce the bleeding and increase quantity of progesterone.
– Boil about six coriander seeds in 400 ml of water and then consume it to prevent excessive flow of blood.
– 90 gm of ashoka bark boiled in 30 ml of milk and 360 ml of water is boiled and reduced to about 90 gm. Take 2-3 doses in a day. It starts from fourth day of monthly period and continued till the bleeding is checked.
Warm water hip bath is nice way to avoid menstrual pain.

DIETARY AND OTHER MEASURES

– Adopt a well balanced diet.
– Foods and supplements that are rich in B-vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and zinc have been found to reduce the pain, bloating and other symptoms of menstrual cramps.
– Maintain a regular exercise program.
– Avoid smoking.
– White flour, sugar, confectionery, cakes, pickles should be avoided.
– Drink hot liquids like herbal tea.
– Relieve your cramps with peppermint or wintergreen, especially when added to a tea.
– Treat menstrual cramping by taking an aspirin or another product containing acetaminophen.
– Place a hot water bottle on your stomach to relieve cramps.

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