Caring for Pain Symptoms

How to Prevent Menstrual Pain & Discomfort

During a woman's menstrual cycle, hormones are released that can lead to cramps. These are not a sign of an underlying gynecological problem, just the result of what's going on in your body..

Here’s what you can do during the month for period pain relief:

  • Get regular exercise - Try to do at least four 30-minute sessions of aerobic activity per week.
     
  • Get plenty of sleep.
     
  • Eat more complex carbohydrates (whole grains), fibre, and protein. Cut back on sugars and fats.
     
  • Take calcium -  about 1000mg per day. It may help reduce symptoms of water retention, cramps, and back pain — and it's good for you anyway!

If you are getting severe cramps frequently, talk to your doctor.

 

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