This guest blog post is written by our friends at Yurika! Cramp Free Naturally.
We don’t think it will come as a shock to most of you that 84% of people with periods experience period pains to some degree. Period pain relief is a monthly requirement for many of us, especially the 25% who report the pain they experience as extreme – affecting their education, employment and general quality of life month on month.
When we get period pain, it’s understandable that we sometimes reach for the Ibuprofen, Naproxen or Midol (NSAIDS) without thinking to ask the critical questions like:
- What are the risk factors?
- How effective is it?
Well, we’ve got the answers to those questions. Studies have found that oral contraceptives and NSAIDs have some risk factors, but they’re also not as effective as you might think! In fact, OPC’s are only 33% effective and NSAIDs are just 31% effective.
Long before these pills, health practitioners all over the world had their go at finding period pain solutions. From the consumption of donkey liver in ancient Egypt, to emotional self-care in India (also known as Ayurvedic Vata), we’ve really tried it all – but have we come up with any real answers?
Here are some ways that you might be able to reduce or eliminate your period pains without using painkillers:
Start with your diet
Did you know that some foods are scientifically proven to help with period cramps? By making sure your diet includes foods that are high in B6, calcium and magnesium on your period, your pains could be reduced! Opt for foods like dark chocolate, spinach or pumpkin seeds seeds to help get your PMS symptoms under control.
On the flip side, eliminating inflammatory causing foods such as refined carbs and sugars is always a good idea and may reduce the severity of period pain. Switch white carbs like pasta to brown versions during your period to reduce inflammation!
Let’s get physical
Physical medicine like a good run, a Pilates class, a bath with Epsom salts, can all be helpful. Exercise can help to alleviate period pains, and we secretly believe a relaxing bath could solve the world’s problems (at least for 30 minutes!).
Similarly, some people use and swear by homeopathy, acupuncture or most recently THC and CBD oils or even vibrating machines that you can attach to your lower abdomen. If any of these peak your interest then why not give them a go and see what works for you?
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Since 2019 Yurika ~ cramp free naturally has been providing people with periods with the first ever certified and organic option to period pain. It took three and a half years of research and development, but pain is a powerful motivator.
In the process of developing Yurika, we reviewed anything and everything that might offer hope, and tested many of the most credible existing pain relief options. The common denominator between all of them was that the evidence is mostly anecdotal and the options that seem to work reduce, but don’t eliminate the pain and associated symptoms.
Yurika’s first and only ever certification from Health Canada as an effective solution for period cramps means that you don’t have to play guessing games with your pain relief. Instead, you can choose an organic risk free option that is certified to work!
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Have a natural period from the tampons you use to your pain relief with Natracare period products and Yurika!