Period pain may be reduced by a number of lifestyle modifications, but first we must comprehend why it arises in the first place. The uterus contracts during menstruation to aid in the expulsion of the lining, according to Dr. Nidhi Jha, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Advocate for Ujaas, and Knowledge Provider for Menstrual Health and Hygiene, in an interview. The uterine muscles contract as a result of hormone-like molecules (prostaglandins) involved in pain and inflammation. More severe menstrual cramps are linked to higher prostaglandin levels. She offered these four simple lifestyle modifications as a way to reduce menstrual cramps and period pain:
- Exercises like yoga, swimming, cycling, or even working out at the gym cause the body to release endorphins that reduce period discomfort; this is particularly beneficial when done right before a person’s menstrual cycle.
- Engaging in sexual activity before to the start of a period can also ease premenstrual pains.
- In addition, some studies have suggested that micronutrients like Omega 3s, Vitamin E, and magnesium might lessen menstrual cramps.
- Finally, stress is a major factor; we observed a substantial rise in stress-related dysmenorrhea during the pandemic. Therefore, reducing stress is crucial for easing menstrual cramps.