The menstrual cycle marks a varied behavior in the different vital functions of the woman and also works differently in each woman; some cause them indescribable pains, while others hardly feel them. However, it hurts or it does not hurt, it changes the mood or not; menstruation should not be considered a limitation.

To break with some myths that revolve around what is or should not be done during the menstrual period, as is the case of sports, the gynecologist and obstetrician, Ena Victoria Ramirez clarifies that it has been scientifically proven that physical activity reduces pain menstrual and favors mood.

Benefits of sport during the menstrual cycle

However, many women continue to believe that exercise can be counterproductive during the days of the period and, although it is recommended to decrease their intensity, there are more benefits that can be found on a physical and mental level. These include:

Increased flexibility.
Increase of VO2 Max (volume of body oxygen)
Greater assimilation of the training and recovery burden
Decrease in fluid retention
Decreased stress, abdominal pain and anxiety

According to Dr. Ramirez, effectively the practice of physical exercise allows the body to release a hormone in the brain called dopamine, which influences the hormones that control the functioning of the ovary (GnRH), and cause the amount of flow to decrease during the period.

The ideal is to perform low impact sports and moderate resistance. Therapeutic exercises such as yoga, Pilates and swimming are advised, which can favor back pressure caused by menstrual cramps. All those involving high impact or high speeds are advised for the postmenstrual phase.

Now, what is the right product to use for sports? According to the expert any intimate care product is fit to use on those days. Many women athletes use tampons because they are considered the most comfortable option. Having the proper protection can help make exercise more comfortable during the menstrual period.

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