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Butt cramps during periods: 6 tips to ease the pain

Butt cramps during periods can be troublesome, even if they may last for just a few days. Here are some tips to ease the pain.

Abdominal cramps, back pain, mood swings, constipation, bloating and tender breasts are some of the common Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS symptoms. But some women may even get butt cramps during periods. It is not the type of pain that makes you want to head to the toilet. It is a major cramping feeling in the butt that you wish would go away. Read on to find out how to get rid of butt cramps during periods.

What are butt cramps?

Butt cramps, sometimes referred to as muscular cramps or buttock spasms, are caused by an involuntary contraction of the muscles that hurt extremely sharply, says Dr Shobha Gupta, Medical Director, Gynaecologist and IVF Specialist, Mother’s Lap IVF Centre.

Why do I get butt cramps during period?

Uterine contractions occur to help in the expulsion of the uterine lining. But some women may have butt cramps during their menstrual cycle. Periodically, these contractions can cause pain or cramping in the surrounding muscles, particularly the buttocks, says Dr Shobha Gupta.

Hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle may result in increased muscle tension, which can worsen cramping sensations throughout the body. When you are going through a menstrual cycle, hormones known as prostaglandins get released. They cause the uterus muscles to contract. This makes the lining of the uterus to shed. The hormones can lead to contractions of the rectum as well as the pelvic floor muscles around the anal canal. This can cause a painful spasm in the butt.

How to get rid of butt cramps during periods?

These cramps can last during the first few days of the menstrual cycle. Sometimes, they start before the period even starts. You can ease the butt pain by doing the following:

1. Warm compress

To help ease muscle tension and lessen cramping, use a warm compress or a heating pad on the affected area. Increased blood flow due to the heat relieves pain and eases tense muscles, says Dr Gupta.

2. Frequent exercise

Light exercises such as yoga or walking may help to increase blood flow and lessen cramping in the muscles. Stretching exercises that concentrate on the lower back and buttocks muscles help to reduce stress and cramps too.

3. Electrolyte balance and hydration

Staying well-hydrated is essential during your menstrual cycle. Hydration is key to preserving electrolyte balance and avoiding cramping in the muscles. To support muscle function, you can also eat foods that are high in potassium, magnesium, and calcium or drink electrolyte-rich beverages.

4. Over-the-counter pain relief

Ibuprofen and naproxen are the two over-the-counter pain medicines that can help to lessen menstrual cramps, particularly buttock cramps, says the expert. But do not take any medicines for relieving pain without informing your doctor.

5. Relaxation methods

Tension and stress can make cramps in the muscles worse. Deep breathing, meditation and warm baths are some of the relaxation options that can help you de-stress and lessen muscle spasms.

6. Dietary changes

Reducing your intake of caffeine, alcohol and salty foods might help to feel less bloated and retain less water, both of which are major causes of cramping in your muscles during menstruation. To promote general muscular health, choose a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, healthy grains and lean meats.

When to see a doctor?

You should to consider reaching out to a doctor if you experience the following.

1. Severe pain

It’s important to get medical help if you have excruciating pain that does not go away while using over-the-counter drugs or home remedies.

2. Prolonged discomfort

Seeing a doctor is advised if your butt cramps continue for a long time or if they frequently interfere with your everyday activities.

3. Erratic symptoms

It’s important to contact a doctor right away if you experience any strange symptoms along with your butt cramps, such as fever, excessive bleeding or changes in bowel habits.

4. New or worsening symptoms

You should see a doctor if you suddenly start having butt cramps during your period and have never had them before, or if your current symptoms get worse.

5. Underlying health problems

It is essential to discuss your period-related butt cramps with a doctor if you have underlying medical disorders such as endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome or pelvic inflammatory disease.

There is no harm in speaking with a doctor for a complete diagnosis and help if you have a strong feeling that something is wrong or if your symptoms are seriously upsetting you.

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