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Updated 08 April 2013

Painful periods?

Women who are stressed, are twice as likely to have painful menstrual periods as those who are not. Here are some simple steps that can make things a lot easier.

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Women who are stressed, are twice as likely to have painful menstrual periods as those who are not, according to the latest research. Simple steps in the days before as well as during your period, can make things a lot easier.

Take action:

Maintain a healthy, low-fat diet with lots of fruits, veggies and lean meats to prevent abdominal cramps during your cycle; immediately before and during your period, limit red meat, salt, caffeine, sugar and alcohol intake; light exercise may help to reduce the pain of menstrual cramps; over-the-counter and prescription medications can help ease symptoms – talk to your doctor about starting these medications a day or two before your cycle begins; applying a warm heating pad to the abdominal area, or a warm bath, also may help ease pain.

Read more: PMS and diet

 
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