Abdominal cramps, back pain, mood swings, constipation, bloating and breast tenderness are some of the most common symptoms of premenstrual syndrome or PMS. But some women may even experience butt cramps during their period. It’s not the kind of pain that makes you want to go to the toilet. It’s a huge cramping feeling in the butt that you wish would go away. Read on to find out how to get rid of butt cramps during your period.
What are butt cramps?
Butt cramps, also called muscle cramps or butt cramps, are caused by an involuntary contraction of the muscles that hurt extremely sharply, says Dr Shobha Gupta, medical director, gynecologist and IVF specialist, Mother’s Lap IVF Center.
Why do I get cramps in my buttocks during menstruation?
Uterine contractions occur to help expel the uterine lining. But some women may experience butt cramps during their menstrual cycle. From time to time, these contractions can cause pain or cramps in the surrounding muscles, especially the buttocks, says Dr. Shobha Gupta.
Hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle can lead to increased muscle tension, which can worsen the cramping feeling throughout the body. When you go through a menstrual cycle, hormones known as prostaglandins are released. They cause the uterine muscles to contract. This causes the lining of the uterus to loosen. The hormones can lead to contractions of the rectum and the pelvic floor muscles around the anal canal. This can cause a painful spasm in the butt.
How do you get rid of cramps during menstruation?
These cramps can last for the first few days of the menstrual cycle. Sometimes they start before menstruation even begins. You can relieve buttock pain by doing the following:
1. Warm compress
To reduce muscle tension and reduce cramps, use a warm compress or heating pad on the affected area. Increased blood flow due to the heat eases pain and relieves tense muscles, says Dr. Gupta.
2. Frequent exercise
Gentle exercise such as yoga or walking can help improve blood flow and reduce muscle cramps. Stretches that focus on the lower back and glutes also help reduce stress and cramps.
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3. Electrolyte balance and hydration
Staying well hydrated is essential during your menstrual cycle. Hydration is key to maintaining electrolyte balance and preventing muscle cramps. To support muscle function, you can also eat foods rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium, or drink electrolyte-rich drinks.
4. Over-the-counter pain relief
Ibuprofen and naproxen are the two over-the-counter painkillers that can help reduce menstrual cramps, especially buttock cramps, says the expert. But don’t take medications to relieve pain without telling your doctor.
5. Relaxation methods
Tension and stress can worsen muscle cramps. Deep breathing, meditation and warm baths are some of the relaxation options that can help you de-stress and reduce muscle spasms.
6. Dietary changes
Reducing your intake of caffeine, alcohol and salty foods can help you feel less bloated and retain less water, both of which are major causes of muscle cramps during menstruation. To promote overall muscle health, choose a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, healthy grains and lean meats.
When should you consult a doctor?
You may consider contacting a doctor if you experience the following.
1. Severe pain
It is important to seek medical attention if you have excruciating pain that does not go away while using over-the-counter medications or home remedies.
2. Prolonged discomfort
It is advisable to see a doctor if your buttock cramps persist for a long time or if they regularly interfere with your daily activities.
3. Irregular symptoms
It is important to contact a doctor immediately if you experience any strange symptoms in addition to your buttock cramps, such as fever, excessive bleeding, or changes in bowel habits.
4. New or worsening symptoms
You should consult a doctor if you suddenly experience buttock cramps during your period and have never had them before, or if your current symptoms worsen.
5. Underlying health problems
It is essential to discuss your period-related cramps with a doctor if you have underlying medical conditions such as endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or pelvic inflammatory disease.
It doesn’t hurt to talk to a doctor for a full diagnosis and help if you have a strong feeling that something is wrong or if your symptoms are seriously distressing you.