Tips to relieve abdominal pain on ‘red light’

Taking a warm bath or applying with a bag (or bottle) of warm water of about 40 degrees Celsius to the lower abdomen also helps to relax and relieve pain on the “red light” day.

In addition, pelvic massage by gently rubbing the lower abdomen, sides of the hips and waist also helps relieve pain.

The massage should be done a few days before menstruation and can be combined with massage oil.

Besides, the doctor recommends that women refrain from eating foods that tend to aggravate inflammation during menstruation, such as starch, sugar, salt, fast food, saturated fats and stimulants such as alcohol, caffeine.

Increase the intake of foods of plant origin, rich in fiber (fruits, vegetables, legumes and cereals); rich in iron (dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, beans, cereals and nuts); rich in essential fatty acids, vitamin E, and with inflammation-reducing activity (salmon, sardines, herring, walnuts, chia seeds and flaxseed, turmeric); rich in antioxidants (oranges, berries, dark chocolate, spinach and beets) … will help reduce inflammation, relieve pain caused by menstruation.

In addition, exercise gently and regularly with yoga, pilates … helps in the release of endorphins – a hormone that contributes to pain relief.