Doctor Oz was joined by Dr. Samantha Pfeifer to discuss Menstrual Cramps and Fibroid Cramps, which can effect our quality of life. You can reduce the intensity of your cramps by going to the doctor, but are there any Cramp Remedies that we can try on our own? Of course!
Dr Oz: Menstrual Cramps
Dr Oz said that there was a study that showed that chronic menstrual cramps can actually change your brain! Dr Pfeifer said that when women have bad cramps, along with the anticipation of the horrible pain, it can make you depressed. Dr Oz did a demonstration with a foam cylinder to represent a uterus, and a rope wrapped around the foam to represent our body’s chemicals. Imagine pulling the rope tightly from both ends, which pinches and compresses the foam cylinder or your uterus. This is what happens every month during your period. Dr Pfeifer said that menstrual cramps can also trigger you to be more sensitive to other pain throughout your body too – so a small toothache can hurt much worse or even something like pulling out a piece of hair can be more painful than usual. What happens during your period is that the muscles around your uterus contracts to force out the inner lining that sheds.
Best Menstrual Cramps Medicine
Dr Pfeifer told Dr Oz that aspirin and acetaminophen is ok for menstrual cramps, but not the best. Instead, try Naproxen or Ibuprofen which are excellent for menstrual cramps. The other problem is that most women do not take the menstrual pain killers properly, Pfeifer said you should start taking the pain killers before the cramps start and continue taking it throughout the duration of when you have the pain. Do not wait until you get the pain.
Dr Oz: Fibroid Cramps
Fibroid Cramps feel like a lot of pressure and can even feel like you are in labor, plus there is heavy bleeding often. Dr Oz showed a normal uterus, which is about the size of a fist normally. Then, Dr Oz showed a uterus with fibroids, which Pfeifer said was about the size of a 4-5 month pregnancy. There were large circles inside of the uterus, and those were fibroids, but apparently they do not even have to be that large to cause very heavy bleeding.