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Menstrual cramps

How Can Exercise Help In Relieving Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual Cramps are very common in women, these cramps prevail in 90% of young women. At times these become so severe that they become the cause of absence from school, college and work.

Relief from Menstrual Pain

Exercise helps relieve these pains as it releases beta-endorphins, which are internal opioids “human morphine”. Exercise helps in producing analgesia, a sort of pain relief and helps in burning the prostaglandins, the chemicals that is released during menstruation which causes muscle contractions.

Experts suggest that the best exercises during your periods are swimming, brisk walking and cycling.

Exercise releases brain chemicals that can make you feel good. A little effort in your exercises that breaks sweat is helpful while real relief from period cramps comes from vigorous exercise which gets your heart pumping fast.

Author: Dr Astha Dayal
Dr. Astha Dayal is an esteemed obstetrician and gynaecologist in Gurgaon. She cleared her MRCOG certification in London, UK, and is a member of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies of India. She has over 16 years of experience in the medical and surgical management of women’s health with an emphasis on high-risk pregnancies as well as advanced laparoscopy.