If you are plagued by cramping with your menstrual cycle each month, you’re not alone. Millions of women experience menstrual discomfort, making it a common cause of missed school or work hours. For some, dysmenorrhea, also known as painful menstruation, may begin a few days prior to the onset of menstrual flow, while the luckier ones experience it only on the first day or two. The symptoms of mild to severe cramping in the lower abdomen, low back, inner thighs or legs may last from one day to the whole length of the menstrual flow, up to six or seven days. Other symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fainting or headaches may also be associated in severe cases. But what many women may not realize is that their diet and lifestyle can have a huge impact on their monthly symptoms (or lack thereof).
Here’s how to adjust your diet and lifestyle for a pms-free month: