From cannabis to sleep, Viagara and tape, these solutions to PMS give you something to try that you might simply not have considered before.
If you’re in considerable pain each month because of your period, you’ll agree that it’s no laughing matter. Taking extra strength over-the-counter painkillers might help, but if it doesn’t?
You could tough it out, (as so many women do), or why not give some zany solutions a try?
Always consult your doctor first, before trying anything that maybe you shouldn’t. They should know best.
Here are 5 somewhat weird ways to help treat your PMS symptoms:
If Whoopi’s comedy doesn’t laugh away your pain, maybe her medical cannabis products will.
Widely available in California and hopefully coming to other places soon, these soaks, rubs and ointments promise to offer “deep relaxation” and “relief from the aches, pains, and cramping associated with the menstrual cycle.”
2) Change Your Diet, at Least for a Little While
A healthy diet seems to be the answer offered for every problem these days, but there’s some truth to it. Try avoiding salty, fatty foods, caffeine and alcohol in the week leading up to your period.
Some experts say it can help alleviate your period pain and if it doesn’t, at least you’re now that much healthier. Can’t complain.
3) Get Enough Sleep
Since stress is something that can make your muscle pain that much worse, getting enough sleep is an easy way to reduce PMS. Make sure you’re tucking in on time before your period hits and during the onslaught for best results.
4) Try Viagra
This one may sound more than a bit whacky. A study published in Human Reproduction found that the main ingredient in Viagra, called sildenafil citrate, dilates your blood vessel and helps to cure the symptoms of PMS.
When it works in the right area-near your uterus- the drug can help ease the tension of tight cramps. So, it isn’t just for men, after all.
5) Duct Tape Your Stomach
It turns out tape really does cure all. Amazingly, research published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science indicates that if you apply tape to your body around your cramps, you might make them go away.
How can you do it?
To be honest, it’s actually not duct tape that experts recommend you use, but kinesiology tape.
Make a cross on your lower pelvic region, taping horizontally between your pelvic bones, and vertically up to your belly button…and wait.
The tape supposedly stimulates the sensory receptors in your skin, which helps your muscles to relax. Sound crazy? Maybe, but it’s worth a try if you’re in desperate straights.
If you are having considerable, consistent menstrual pain, talk to your doctor for solutions that are suited to you.
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