The women took part in a supervised aerobic training session three times per week for a month, followed by unsupervised exercise at home for another six months. Their results were compared to a control group who did not change their exercise habits.
At the end of the study, it was found that the women who took part in the exercise program experienced 6% less pain in the first month, and 22% less pain after the additional six months. They were also found to have significantly improved daily functioning and quality of life.
Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) Dr Leica Claydon-Mueller, said:
“Women who have painful periods often take steps to actively avoid exercise - after all when you are in pain it is often the last thing that you want to partake in.
However, this trial demonstrated that exercise significantly reduced pain for those people taking part in the program, and they also reported reduced pain levels after four and seven months."
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