8 Things That Can Make Your Period Cramps Worse


Periods are a pain in the unmentionables. Pun intended.

The pain is a product of our uterus contracting as it sheds its lining. However, that isn’t the only factor that makes this unwelcome monthly guest such a nuisance. There’s also the sweating, bloating, fatigue, lethargy, tenderness of breasts, mood swings, and, of course, back pain to deal with. That’s a longer list than what most insurance companies try to stick into their conditions apply!

The point is, periods suck. We may not always succeed in making them any better, but could we be unknowingly making them worse? Certain habits and food can lead to even more (gasp!) painful periods. Here, we have 8 very such traitorous things that have been making you see red in more ways than one:


1. Lack Of Sleep

1. Lack Of Sleep
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Getting a good night’s rest is essential for the regulation of your sex hormones. Not enough sleep could set your system off, producing possibly irregular and (yikes!) longer periods. If that wasn’t enough to get you off Facebook before bed, there’s more. If your body doesn’t receive 6-8 consecutive hours of restful sleep, stress levels could increase, which would contribute to even more pain. Apparently, hell hath no fury like a body scorned of sleep.



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