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From Drinking Pickle Juice To Having Sex, Here’s How Latinas Are Getting Rid Of Their Period Cramps

There are tons of awesome things about being a woman. The beauty of sisterhood and the fierce protectiveness that comes with raising up the next generation of women are just some of the great things that come to mind. Still, there’s one thing about womanhood that we can all agree that we’d love to do without: menstrual cramps. Every month, we dread the appearance of Aunt Flow and it isn’t just because of the 3 to 5 days of bleeding. Headaches, bloating and nausea is one thing but the worst symptom of our monthlies has to be the killer cramps that accompany them. 

Over our ovulating years, we’ve tried all sorts of remedies to combat these uterus-shattering pains. We’ve experimented with everything from over the counter medications to traditional brujeria to find something to ease our aches. In order to get the very best treatments there are, we here at FIERCE asked our Instagram followers to share their best cures for period cramps.

 Here’s what the had to say. 

1. This one will get you out of a pickle.

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“Pickle Juice! Soaking in the tub!” — mijacultura

Did you know that vinegar — the main component in pickle juice — can suppress the pain and discomfort that come from cramps and spasms? The juice can also replenish your electrolytes which also helps with cramps. If you can’t handle pickle juice on its own, have a few pickle chips or make a cocktail using a splash of pickle juice and still get some relief. 

2. Add this to your daily diet. 

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“2 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar, in 8 oz of water with honey, and staying hydrated.” — luisa_monterrosa

Apple cider vinegar is one of those miracle foods that are good for a million things. Besides being excellent for your skin and a weight-loss aid, the calcium found in apple cider vinegar is also great for easing cramps. Do as this comment suggests and take a few tablespoons in 8 ounces of water to help with menstrual pain. 

3. The health benefits of cannabis without the high.

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“Extra strength CBD honey (30 mg per tsp) & red maca root powder in my smoothie every morning. It’s a godsend. ????????” — @nuyoricanteacher

CBD oil is extracted from cannabis and can be used for pain relief without the high that comes with marijuana’s THC. This oil can be ingested straight or added to food products. One of the more versatile options is CBD honey. Additionally, maca powder helps to balance hormones and ease PMS symptoms. 

4. Try for a good, old fashioned release.

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“An orgasm. Or cbd oil. Or both.” — maryantoniaa

The hormones released during orgasm — especially oxytocin — helps the mind and body relax. If you are having menstrual cramps during this time, the oxytocin will help to ease these pains. So, if all else fails, get back to bed and make your own cramp relief. 

5. Add heat and repeat.

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“Heating pads are literally my savior” — annaphilipous

When cramping, cold is your enemy. This especially goes for menstrual cramps. If you are feeling those aches and pains starting up, try taking a warm bath. If you aren’t able to get into the tub, grab a heating pad and apply it to your abdomen, back or wherever you’re feeling those cramps. 

6. An antidote that works as great as it smells.

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“Jasmine oil on the tummy! It works in seconds ????” — browngirlswhobruja

Like many essential oils, jasmine oil is helpful for many things. Specifically for our needs, this oil can help stop cramps and muscle spasms. You can get the oil straight or buy a lotion or cream that includes the jasmine extract. Next time you feel the start of your cramping, apply some jasmine oil and see how quickly it helps. 

7. Get active. 

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“Working out helps a ton.” — dey_nz_

To quote “Legally Blonde,” “Exercise gives you endorphins; endorphins make you happy.” Endorphins also help to ease your pain. Exercise also released oxytocin which helps relax our bodies and makes us feel a little bit sleepy. Even if you start off feeling like death, a good exercise routine and a nap can help do your body good during your period. 

8. Don’t caffeinate. Hydrate! 

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“For me, I try to stay away from coffee and increase my water intake. I usually drink a strong espresso in the mornings, but during my period, I drink tons of water instead. Staying hydrated really helps.” — teoami

Caffeine is one of those foods you want to avoid during your period. A little here or there is fine but a lot can make you more jittery and worsen symptoms of PMS. Water, on the other hand, is very helpful while menstruating. Keeping yourself hydrated will help limit the severity and frequency of your cramps.

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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