Even though periods are a normal and natural part of a woman’s life, many women find that their periods are an intrusion or an interruption to their day-to-day life.
It might be that your periods just make you feel a bit run down, or tired. You may have belly aches and pains, nothing too serious but enough to want to spend the day on the couch with a hot water bottle. Serious pain and heavy bleeding should be investigated by a doctor, but low level discomfort can be avoided by making a number of lifestyle changes. A healthy diet, avoiding salt in your cooking and food, reducing caffeine intake, restoring your sleep cycle, regular daily exercise and reducing stress may help improve your quality of life and significantly reduce the severity of PMS symptoms, including reducing moodiness and painful periods.
Attitudes & healthy periods
It’s thought that the attitude women develop towards their period can affect their experience of it. Supportive partners and people around you can help you deal better with symptoms.Learn more
Exercise, diet & periods
Diet and exercise bring a range of health benefits as well as improving your experience of having periods.Learn more
Sleep, sunshine & vitamin D
Sleep, sunshine and vitamin D play a vital role in our general health and may help to improve our menstrual health as well.Learn more
Complementary & alternative therapies
There are many alternative approaches that aim to improve the experience of menstruation. Some are supported by good evidence while others may simply improve women's sense of wellbeing.Learn more
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