Take a pain reliever to calm inflammation.
This is a common recommendation, with good reason! It often works.
But what if ibuprofen- or naproxen-based meds, including Aleve, Motrin, or Advil are not an option?
These options are not a solution for every women because of personal preference, adverse side effects, or inadequate relief.NSAIDs work by blocking the production of chemicals called prostaglandins (hormone-like substances that trigger uterine contractions) that cause discomfort and inflammation.
The root of Zingiber officinale (ginger) has previously demonstrated anti-inflammatory activity through the same mechanisms as pharmaceutical NSAIDs.
This has been shown with both oral and topical applications. However, oral ginger (like any medication) is not free of side effects. In some cases, side effects are desirable. For example, ginger is also used for its antiemetic (anti-nausea) properties. This is great news if you experience nausea during your periods too, which is very common.
When taking NSAIDS the key is to be proactive. NSAIDs are most effective if they are started before menstrual symptoms begin (before the production of prostaglandins), and then taken on a regular schedule for two to three days. This is a great reason to track your cycle.
Talk to your Medical doctor or Naturopathic doctor before starting any new medication. Be informed, stay open to new options, and seek professional help for period related dysfunction.
Period pain is common, but that does not mean it should be dismissed.
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