“The dilemma around extreme period pain & vomiting” – This post is sponsored by Khapregesic® [kap-pre-jee-sic] a new natural pain reliever giving first-period girls a chance.
Combining plant-based anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, with prebiotics for a calmer gut.”
(Note: Khapregesic recommends that excessively painful periods &/or excessive bleeding should always be accompanied by a visit to the GP.)
The Ultimate Dilemma
More and more menstruating people, including mothers of first-period girls, are tearing their hair out!
On one hand they are (or have daughters) in such extreme pain that they vomit and pass out, not to mention missing several days of school or work each month.
On the other hand there’s over the counter pain meds and, apart from opioids, a GP’s tool kit is bare with only one thing – The Pill.
Increasing side effects of pain meds and the risk of blood clots from taking The Pill has increased people searching for natural alternatives.
Anne is the mother of 13 year old Jenni. Anne did her research for natural alternatives and like many other mothers found Khapregesic online.
Often referred to as the ‘magic tablet’, Khapregesic is giving teenage girls the freedom they once enjoyed before their periods.
Senior Clinical Naturopath and mother Caroline Robertson shares a patient’s very moving first-period story. as a word of advice to other mothers.
Caroline continues, “As well as Khapregesic, I strongly recommend lifestyle and dietary changes that could reduce our background inflammation and further boost our quality of life.”
We know the words ‘lifestyle changes’ and ‘diet’ are something like water off a ducks back for teens. Their resilience in the face of junk food and limited exercise takes us, let’s say more mature women, to a time of unbridled memories.
On a daily basis, however, we can make a couple of adjustments to soothe hormonal changes long term.
Lifestyle Changes and Diet
Out of teen earshot, making simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Walking and other light exercise, eating smaller meals, light tummy massages and hot water bottles or heat packs can ease the pain.
But according to new research from the Royal Women’s Hospital, by far, dietary changes can make the biggest impact.
The five simple dietary tips to curb cramping and other menstrual symptoms are:
- Reduce low fibre carbs such as white bread, pastries and pasta. These can cause blocked or slow-moving bowels which can increase bloating and cramping during periods.
- Go low-fat or even vegan leading up to and during your period. Studies have shown it can significantly reduce pain and PMS. A high fat/low fibre diet can cause constipation and increase estrogen.
- Eat regular meals evenly spaced apart to avoid fluctuating blood sugar levels which increase irritability, stress and fatigue related to PMS. Remember to include low GI fibre to avoid blood sugar spikes.
- Increase essential fatty acids from oily fish or supplements such as fish oil or evening primrose oil. Try to avoid salty foods, too much salt increases bloating.
- Increase muscle relaxing minerals calcium and magnesium to curb cramps. For calcium eat more almonds, sardines, figs and greens. For magnesium eat more bananas, avocado, dark chocolate, nuts and leafy greens.
Seeing a natural therapist like a naturopath or dietitian to set a program of natural change is always worth investigating as well.
Caroline Robertson is a Clinical Naturopath and Ayurveda Practitioner. She is a natural therapies author and practices in the Northern Beaches of Sydney Australia.
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