Not sure if there's something wrong with me or if I'm lucky enough to be one of lucky one's who doesn't necessarily suffer from cramping or bloating, but this post is inspired by my roommate who suffers... immeasurably.
In my search to find her some remedies that would help ease the cramps and reduce the bloating here is what I've discovered.
This is a no brainer, but taking an anti-inflammatory can really help with the misery.
Place heat on your abdomen and lower back may relieve pain. A 2012 study focused on women 18 to 30 years old who had regular menstrual cycles found that a heat patch at 104°F (40°C) was as effective as ibuprofen.
Massage therapy for about 20 minutes can help reduce menstrual pain and if you use essential oils it will help relax you. (My personal favorite is lavender)
While there are no clinical studies on the direct effect of orgasms on menstrual cramps, science suggests it may help. Vaginal orgasms involve your whole body, including your spinal cord, which signals the release of neurotransmitters.
This mineral helps regulate the fluid balance in your body, keeping bloat at bay.
Starches like bread and pasta may cause you to retain water. Lay off them before bedtime to keep from waking up puffy.
The bubbles in carbonated drinks will make your belly pooch out.
Some people have difficulty digesting artificial (especially sorbitol, found in many sugar-free candies and gums — making gum doubly bloat-inducing), which can cause gas and diarrhea.
If you tend to swell up before (or during) your period, be sure you're getting enough calcium.
These "good bacteria" (found in supplements and in cultured milk products such as yogurt) can keep you regular and bloat-free
Once a month we already go through it - I hope these tips make it a little... more bearable.