Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Stretch it out: yoga can ease period pain and PMS

yoga.jpg

Cramps, mood swings, bloating and nausea are just a few of the symptoms us lucky women are treated to when our periods roll around every month.

And with the average woman facing a massive 450 periods throughout her lifetime, we’re glad science is finally stepping up to the plate and investigating new ways to ease the pain.

While we’ve long been told the health benefits of exercise, new research published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine suggests there is one particular form of physical activity that can be particularly helpful to easing period pain – yoga.

The research analysed the results of 15 previous studies investigating the link between yoga and common menstrual complaints, including cramps and PMT, with the results showing that yoga could help alleviate these symptoms.

Some studies analysed also showed that yoga could help reduce bloating and breast tenderness, while helping to boost mood and aid relaxation and concentration.

yoga

“The authors of these studies suggest that yoga works on the autonomic stress response and also on how pain is experienced and interpreted, perhaps by stimulating the release of the body’s natural painkillers," the research author, Jennifer Oates, told TIME.

Oates, who works as a lecturer in mental health nursing at King’s College London, added that further research would be needed to figure out exactly what type of yoga works best at reducing the symptoms. 


Read more: This new yoga class is all about the healing power of gin


She also noted that the studies included in her research included women who practised yoga either every day or every other day, and that future work would need to focus on exercise regimes “that are a bit more typical of the average busy woman, maybe one or two classes a week”.

In the meantime, we’re off to grab a yoga mat.

Images: iStock

Related

melania trump twitter donald.jpg

Melania Trump just liked a tweet that belittled her marriage

michelle obama trump inauguration.jpg

Michelle Obama on the reason for THAT look at Trump's inauguration

beauty makeup.jpg

L'Oreal Paris and Balmain announce surprise make-up collaboration

More

Get free tickets to see Call Me By Your Name

17 Oct 2017

“In defence of birthdays: why we should celebrate each and every year”

Writer Kate Townshend on why birthday parties shouldn’t be sacrificed on the altar of adulthood

17 Oct 2017

Life can be ‘torturous’ for a sex addict, according to an expert

“It sounds like fun... that couldn’t be further from the truth”

by Susan Devaney
17 Oct 2017

Why you should wear red if you want to succeed

From ancient history to modern catwalks, why are we all so obsessed with red?

by Alexandra Jones
17 Oct 2017

These are the world’s best and worst major cities to live as a woman

London makes the list – and it’s not all bad news for the capital

by Moya Crockett
17 Oct 2017

Your Starbucks Halloween Frappuccino fix is here and it’s fangtastic

Sink your teeth into this

by Megan Murray
17 Oct 2017

This Princess Bride revelation will make you see the film in a new way

It’s been 30 years since it hit the big screen

by Susan Devaney
17 Oct 2017

Hold up, there's an avocado chocolate bar – AND it’s vegan

Don't fight it

by Megan Murray
17 Oct 2017

What is perspecticide and could it be happening in your relationship?

This form of coercive control is incredibly damaging

by Megan Murray
16 Oct 2017