Five Tips for Preventing Menstrual Pain

  • Tara Andresen

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Regular menstrual pain can be really difficult and significantly impact a woman’s life each month. Here are some tips to help reduce menstrual pain without the use of any medication. 

Tip #1: Take Magnesium every day
While there are a lot of benefits we receive from a healthy diet, there are some minerals that have better effects when taken at a higher level in supplement form. Magnesium works to relax smooth muscles, decrease inflammation and improve menstrual pain. Taking it at the right dose each day is a vital part of a menstrual pain treatment plan. 

Tip #2: Take Zinc daily 
Zinc works to support ovulation which in turn supports the production of progesterone, an important hormone in preventing menstrual pain. Taking Zinc at the right dose each day on a regular basis is an important part of a treatment protocol to prevent period pain.

Tip #3: Take Curcumin after every meal
Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory herbal medicine that works to decrease the production of prostaglandins. Excess prostaglandin production overly contracts the uterus and causes menstrual pain. Taking it regularly can decrease monthly period pain.

Tip #4: Avoid all cow dairy
Cow dairy is known to cause many issues, one of which is the excess production of inflammatory prostaglandins. Avoiding cow dairy is very important in preventing menstrual pain and should be included in every natural treatment protocol for period pain. 

Tip #5: Take Omega-3 Fatty Acids daily 
Omega-3 Fatty Acids work to decrease inflammatory prostaglandins, which is very important in preventing menstrual pain. Omega-3s are found primarily in cold water fish, but regular consumption is needed on most days to have anti-inflammatory effects. Taking Omega-3s in capsule or liquid form can make this more convenient and effective.  

To find out more how to improve menstrual pain naturally, see your Toronto Naturopath or book an appointment with Dr. Andresen at NDcare Naturopathic Clinics. For more information on all of our services, please click here