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Tips to keep menstrual discomfort at a minimum
Although the symptoms of menstrual discomfort are often unavoidable, but there are tricks you can learn to keep discomfort at a minimum.

Crushing Those Cramps

Menstrual cramps actually serve a useful purpose. Your uterus is squeezing hard to remove its blood-filled lining in a hurry those cramps are actually making your period go by faster! But that may be the last thing you want to hear when you're feeling the pain they can cause.
Many women run straight for the medicine cabinet when cramps come on. Over-the-counter painkilling drugs, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can relax muscles and dull pain.  Make sure you carefully follow all the directions that come with medication. Don't take more than the maximum dosage. It won't help cramps go away faster, and it could be dangerous.
If you don't want to take medicine, or you want some relief while waiting for medicine to kick in, try putting a heating pad or hot water bottle on your abdomen.

Beating the Bloat

Hormones released in your body during your period can cause you to retain water. This means that instead of releasing most of the water that you take in through urination like you usually do, your body decides to hold on to more water than normal. Your body will feel bigger than usual, especially around your breasts, abdomen, hips, and thighs.
You could feel bloated because of this water retention your clothes might feel snugger, you could feel full a lot faster when you eat, and the scale might read a few pounds heavier.
Although it might seem strange, the best way to avoid bloating is to keep drinking lots of water. Your body will hold on to water harder if there aren't enough fluids coming in.

Mashing Mood Swings

It's not your imagination everything really is driving you crazy during your period. Your emotions could feel like they're out of control. You might be smiling one minute and bawling your eyes out the next.
Relax, and take a deep breath. Just knowing that your period could be affecting your emotions might help you keep them in check.
Don't skip meals keeping blood sugar levels constant can level out your emotions. Eating complex carbohydrates like spaghetti, potatoes, and bread can also brighten your mood. These foods have been shown to release natural antidepressants in the brain, an effect which could provide a boost if you're feeling down.

The Rest of the Month

Keeping your body in good shape throughout your entire menstrual cycle can help keep menstrual discomfort under control. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains throughout the month. Take a multivitamin supplement to make sure you're getting everything you need. And exercise regularly.
Ask your doctor for help if you experience extreme cramps, depression, very heavy blood flow, weakness, or any symptom that disrupts your daily life during your period.
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