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5 Natural Remedies for Period Pain

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

As featured on Shaw Talk

For most women in their menstrual years, your period will have her monthly visit (hopefully) every 24-35 days. This can be a stressful time as periods are often associated with bloating, moodiness, sore breasts and the dread of PERIOD PAIN. Sarina Coventry, nutritionist and lover of womens health is incredibly passionate about helping women to change this story!

Painful period cramps and PMS DO NOT have to be part of the “normal” period experience! Although it can take some time to regulate and transform your periods, here are 5 natural period pain remedies that will help to gradually ease your red lady’s visit.  


Sorry to break it to you but that croissant, the cakes and the cookies may all be contributing to your experience of period pain! Inflammatory foods including refined sugar, excess alcohol, processed meats, simple carbs and artificial trans fats such as margarine can increase both inflammation and pain signalling to the uterus! 

Try incorporating more anti-inflammatory foods including avocado, olive oil, wild caught salmon, nuts, seeds as well as brightly coloured fruits and vegetables.


Magnesium reduces menstrual cramps by relaxing the muscles of the uterus and reducing the inflammatory action of certain prostaglandins that cause period pain. Magnesium also promotes healthy hormone production and eases stress!

So where can you find it?

Foods such as leafy greens, DARK CHOCOLATE, pumpkin seeds, almonds and avocado are rich in magnesium. A quality supplement may also be necessary. Look for magnesium glycinate or bisglycinate as it the most absorbable in the body.


There is a huge difference between gentle movement such as walking versus a HIIT class. Hormonal fluctuations across the cycle may leave you feeling a little more tired and fragile before your period is due to arrive. This can be completely normal whereby attending a HIIT or other high intensity workout can leave you even more drained and exhausted. 

Gentle movement including walking, stretching, restorative yoga and swimming get your blood flowing and may help to alleviate period cramps. 

One thing to avoid?

Inverted positions such as your legs on the wall, handstands or shoulder stands as they direct the blood in the opposite direction of where it is trying to go!


Think hot water bottles, warm baths, hot compresses. Heat relaxes the uterine muscles allowing for increased blood flow and reduced period pain. This has the added benefit of being able to lay in your bed with your hot water bottle, Netflix and NO hassle from your family or friends. 

5. SEX

This one might not be for the squeamish but I highly recommend sex for easing period pain. Did we really need ANOTHER reason to enjoy sex?

Sex triggers the release of chemicals called endorphins such as oxytocin and dopamine that reduce pain sensitivity as well as stress. Additionally, orgasms cause the pelvic muscles to contract and release in order to ease the pain and discomfort you may experience during menstruation. 

AND if you don’t have a partner? DIY!

Beware. For those suffering from endometriosis, sex may worsen the pain whereby you should seek advice from a health professional such as a nutritionist for a targeted plan that suits your individual needs!

So basically, masturbate in a hot bath whilst indulging in dark chocolate and later treat yourself to a smashed avo on sourdough. A light stroll to the café MUST be included. Not too hard right?


As a side note ladies, if your period pain is so severe that it interferes with your daily life please check it out with a nutritionist or naturopath!

Supporting you and the health of your menstrual cycle is my priority so be sure to reach out here for 1:1, customised support.


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