Period cramps may be excruciatingly painful and disrupt your everyday routine before or during your cycle. While some people just have minor cramps, others aren't so fortunate.
The last thing you want to think about when you are suffering from cramps, bloating, and nausea is exercise and physical fitness in general. However, research has shown it to be an effective cure for PMS and period pain. Movement during menstruation can provide more than just a distraction from the pain; it can also help with soreness, cramping, and inflammation.
Relieving Pain With Exercise
Exercising has been shown to help alleviate menstrual cramps in many people. Endorphins i.e. brain chemicals that enhance happiness, are released while you exercise. If you enjoy walking, biking, or swimming, you can do so safely during your menstrual cycle. It is also more convenient to use the Femino period cup during these activities; no need to worry about a heavy flow or leakage.
Period cramps were significantly reduced in women who exercised for 30 minutes three times a week for eight weeks, according to researchers. Also, a warm bath right after your workout may be just the thing you need to soothe pain and further relax tense muscles.
Women with primary dysmenorrhea can benefit from yoga. Studies have shown that women who did yoga for 60 minutes once a week for 12 weeks had fewer episodes of menstrual depression and period discomfort than those who did not do yoga. The bridge, half-moon & lotus are some of the best poses for helping women feel better during menstruation. Read our blog on yoga poses to know more.
Acupressure & Acupuncture
Acupuncture and acupressure are eastern healing techniques that activate specific trigger points on the skin to cause specific physiological effects. For several medical problems, like menstrual cramps, these therapies are quite efficient. The best thing is that these methods are drug-free and you can use them anytime you have symptoms. Inquire with you practitioner about posts with illustrations that will teach you how to do acupressure by yourself.
Period cramps are very common, but they sure can hinder a woman’s daily life & activities. Fortunately, a step towards better physical fitness, as listed above, can go a long way to alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by these annoying cramps.
If however the pain persists for a few days or becomes so severe that it interferes with your ability to function, we suggest making an appointment with your doctor.