Exercising – best remedy for period pains

Exercising has been found to be the best remedy for period pains though many women are either unaware of it or hate it. A local general practitioner Dr Nida Razi said most women prefer to lie down and rest when they experience the pain, but said that can only worsen the situation as it causes more inflammation.


February 19, 2010

“You may not feel like it, but getting active is a good way to ease pain. Try gentle swimming, walking or cycling,”writes Dr Trisha Mcnaire in her blog. More than 50 percent of all women who are in their menstrual age are said to have experienced period pains in their lives. About 70 percent of women get period pains during their menstrual period with 15 percent of them reporting severe pains, observed Dr Trisha.
The scientific name for period pains is dysmenorrhea.

Dr Razi says though pills like Ibruffen and paracetamol have been found to relieve the pain, exercising should be the prime alternative. She described period pains as the pain under the abdominal pains that comes before, during and after menstrual period. The pain intensity differs from one person to another depending on the level of flow. Several underlying medical conditions are also capable of causing menstrual cramps.

They include among others endometriosis- a condition where the tissue that lines the uterus develops outside the uterus, uterine fibroids, non-cancerous tumors and growths in the wall of the uterus, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) – a sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacterium or cervical stenosis in the opening of the cervix, which limits menstrual flow because it is small. Period pains can be said to be normal, but Razi says why the pain is so extreme that it interferes with one’s everyday life then medical help should be sought.



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.