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Yoga vs. Menstrual Cramps: The Ultimate Guide to Natural Pain Control

2967532 Menstrual CrampsThe cramps and discomfort during periods (menstruation) are a common problem that most women of reproductive age go through. It usually occurs in the form of sharp pain in the lower abdomen, which often spreads to the lower back and thighs. Sometimes it becomes so unbearable that it becomes difficult to even do everyday tasks.

Painkillers (NSAIDs) are commonly used, but recent research suggests that yoga can be just as effective; in fact, it is a natural option for reducing period cramps.

Dr. Mukta Kapila, Senior Director and HOD of Obstetrics and Gynecology at FMRI (Gurgaon) says that in most cases, discomfort during periods is caused by substances such as hormones called prostaglandins. These substances contract the uterus to expel the uterine lining. Yoga can help a lot in this. Let us know how yoga benefits with the combination of asanas (body postures), pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation.

Improves blood circulation

Yoga practice improves blood circulation in the pelvic part, due to which the muscles there get adequate oxygen and cramps are reduced.

Relaxes the muscles

Asanas that stretch and strengthen the pelvic region help relax the muscles, thereby reducing spasms.

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Regular yoga practice helps reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which makes you feel less pain. Also, meditation helps you develop the habit of living in the present moment, which reduces anxiety and also reduces period pain.

Hormonal Balance

Some asanas also help in regulating the menstrual cycle and reducing discomfort.

Improve sleep

Menstrual cramps often disrupt sleep. Yoga, especially relaxation techniques, help improve sleep quality, which also helps manage the pain.

For most women, incorporating yoga into their daily routine can significantly reduce period cramps. By addressing both the physical and emotional aspects, yoga empowers women around the world to take control of their menstrual health.