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Menstrual fluid retention and cramps

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 18, 2011 at 12:15 AM

This is a question that someone close told me to ask: whether there are paleo solutions for pre menstrual fluid retention and menstrual cramps. Since they follow the hormonal cycle of women, it is sound to think that some dietary recommendation could help. She eats 90% paleo, sugar and gluten free, moderate carb (mostly from sweet potatoes or potatoes). She does not like organs such as liver or heart, though. And she still has this bothering fluid accumulation in her belly in the previous days. Any idea on how to help her ?

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on September 18, 2011
at 04:00 AM

Using the diva cup is actually more painful for me than tampons. Oh, the diversity!

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on September 18, 2011
at 01:28 AM

My cramps are worse and I'm much more uncomfortable when I use tampons. I never use them unless I go swimming while on my period, which is pretty much never.

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on September 18, 2011
at 12:54 AM

Thats quite interesting. I am going to try that next week when its time for me.

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on September 18, 2011
at 12:48 AM

Here's something crazy... I find that when I don't use tampons here's what happens. When my body needs to get rid of "stuff" I get a little gassy and I feel cramps coming on. I go to the bathroom, "push" everything out, and I'm good (the same muscles that are responsible for bowel movements are involved in this process, which is why I'm pretty sure there's a reason for us to get cramped or gassy during this time). Even on my heaviest days I only need a liner - that's it. It's all about listening to your body. It takes about 2-3 months to get the muscles working again though like they're supposed to, so I needed heavier pads during that time. I also find that increased potassium (not stupid bananas, but portobellos, oyster mushrooms, coconut water) helped with a lot, but that could just be me. I crave spinach/kale/dark greens during that time, and that seems to help too. When I try to avoid going to the bathroom or when I use tampons I sure as hell get cramps. It's all part of our culture being lazy - we find a way to cheat nature, only to get addicted to midol. Screw that!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on September 18, 2011
at 04:00 AM

Using the diva cup is actually more painful for me than tampons. Oh, the diversity!

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on September 18, 2011
at 01:28 AM

My cramps are worse and I'm much more uncomfortable when I use tampons. I never use them unless I go swimming while on my period, which is pretty much never.

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

(3209)

on September 18, 2011
at 12:54 AM

Thats quite interesting. I am going to try that next week when its time for me.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on September 18, 2011
at 12:20 AM

Ignacio~ Check out this recent post about zinc supplementation: http://paleohacks.com/questions/64167/ladies-anyone-use-zinc-to-prevent-menstrual-cramps#axzz1YEpCfauM

Also, Magnesium, Krill oil and Vitamin E supplements seem to be helpful for some, but not all. Very much trial & error for most women.

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on September 18, 2011
at 10:55 PM

I have endometriosis ( which means pain, heavy flow, etc. etc.) and I got the cramps to go away almost completely by cutting out NUTS and SEEDS. Watch those inflammatory fats!!! As for bloating, watch the salt. I know this is so nonsensically obvious/conventional wisdom, but the salt trick usually sorts things out for me if I cut back the week before.

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on September 18, 2011
at 03:45 AM

http://www.thewayofthehappywoman.com/ I have issues during that time of the month... I haven't read the book yet but was told it has a few ideas about coping with painful a menstrual cycle. :)

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on September 18, 2011
at 02:15 AM

Erin, that is interesting, I knew someone else who said something similar. I have found wearing magnetic gloves to bed during my period makes a heavy flow much more manageable. It has only become heavy since about age 43, but no cramps, as someone reminded me I am older and the uterus stretches so flow is much less restrained. If this helps any, i had the worst cramps of my life when i was in a very arduous post-grad program and i was still a vegetarian then, after graduation and a more relaxed life style, life was better, that was 10 years ago, i am now P A L E O!

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