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Yoga for Dysmenorrhea

Yoga for Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation)


Dysmenorrhea is painful menses. Menstrual disorders are becoming common with the main cause being irregular lifestyle. About 75% of women experience pain as one of the symptom of menstrual disorder. The excessive contraction in myometrial muscles hinders proper blood flow and therefore improper oxygenation in myometrial cells causes pain.

The common symptoms are pain in the abdomen, pelvic region and low back. Other symptoms are vomiting, nausea, diarrhea or dizziness which disturbs day to day activity.

Yoga proves to be a promising approach when it comes to menstrual disorders especially dysmenorrhea. With a proper lifestyle which includes the right diet, adequate physical activity, good sleep and managing stress is helpful in managing dysmenorrhea well.

Regular yoga practice showed beneficial results in managing pain. Yoga helps in physical relaxation by reducing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system. The muscle relaxation and strengthening attained with stretching of the body during yogasana helps to manage pain.  Simple breathing exercises or deep breathing helps in relieving stress. A regular physical activity will produce endorphins which gives a sense of comfort.

Article By :
Dr. Shraddha Surathkal