Increased period pain
When stress rises, hormones can become unbalanced, causing menstrual cramps to increase in duration and severity during your period.
The fix: “Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can be a great fix for this increased pain,” says Dr. Kerr. “Exercise has been shown in many studies to reduce stress and the intensity of menstrual cramps.” Go for a run, ride your bike or take a yoga class. It’s also important to adopt hobbies or activities that you enjoy. “Doing things that you love increases your happy hormones and decreases stress hormones, reducing the amount of menstrual-type pain that you have,” says Dr. Kerr.