Some genetic and biological factors affect how a woman experiences her period but there’s a degree of period pain that is behavioral.
Here are 5 things you do that worsens your period pain
1. TOO MUCH SALT
Consuming too much salt can make period pain worse because it exacerbate the bloating and water retention that make cramps worse. You can reduce your period pain by reducing your salt intake.
2. YOU DON’T EXERCISE OR EXERCISE TOO MUCH
Regular exercise can help ease your menstrual cramps but this doesn’t mean you should exercise too much because too much exercise can affect your cycle.
3. TOO MUCH COFFEE
Just as too much salt worsens menstrual cramps, too much coffee isn’t good for your cramps either. Caffeine tightens the blood vessels thereby increasing the severity of your cramps.
4. YOU SMOKE
Smoking worsens period pain. In fact, each cigarette smoked increases your menstrual pain. Researchers have also found that smokers are more likely to have severe period pain than non-smokers.
Alcohol consumption doesn’t help your period and it can increase the severity of cramps. Alcohol consumption decreases the body’s production of anti-diuretic hormones, thereby exacerbating any kind of pain.