Cramps in inner thigh are not uncommon during periods/ menstruation in women. As working mums when you have to manage home and work commitments along with managing period pains it can be quite challenging, to say the least. For some women these period pains can also manifest as cramping pain in the inner thigh. In this blog lets look at why some women get inner thigh pain during their periods and 5 easy tips to manage them.
During menstruation our body releases prostaglandins that are usually responsible for cramping in the uterus, usually felt as lower abdominal pain. Sometimes prostaglandins can cause spasm in the inner thigh muscles, which can be perceived as cramps in the area.
Lets look at the five ways to ease this inner thigh pain:
Firstly you can use a hot pack, as it will help to ease the muscle spasm in the inner thigh. Hot packs do so by increasing the circulation and also washing away the metabolites and pain producing substances. If you do not have access to a hot pack, you can get in a hot shower with a focus on the inner thigh area.
Secondly if you are a side sleeper try and keep your pelvis and your thighs in a neutral posture by keeping a little pillow in between your thighs. You can find more details of how to maintain a neutral posture while sleeping in this video:
Thirdly, you can use a pain relief gel or pain patch. Be mindful that this is a temporary fix and does not cure the basic problem. However, it takes the edge off the pain and lets you function through your day and attend to the important chores.
Fourthly, you can try a gentle massage on the inner thigh. Be careful not to apply pressure that leads to pain as that beats the purpose of pain relief and this can anyways be a sensitive area due to the muscles spasm. You can use a pain relief gel or do a dry massage, whatever works for you.
The fifth and final tip is to do gentle stretches for the inner thighs. An example of this is the butterfly pose in yoga. Be mindful to stretch within the painfree range. This means that if you stretch and feel pain you need to stretch a little less, so that you stop just before you get into the pain range.
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