To ease menstrual pain, cut inflammatory foods, data suggests

A diet high in processed meats, oils, and other inflammation-promoting foods can lead to severe menstrual cramps. Eating more of other foods can help tame period pain.

(Meryl Davids Landau/ Everyday Health) –– Adolescent girls and other women suffering from intense cramps may want to look at something basic in their life: their diet. 

That’s the finding of a literature review presented October 12, 2022, at the annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) in Atlanta.

“Severe menstrual pain is the leading cause of school absenteeism in adolescents and college-age women. Making changes in their diet can significantly improve their quality of life,” says Serah Sannoh, who presented the research she conducted before getting her bachelor’s degree at Rutgers University, and is now a first-year medical student at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine. (…)