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5 Things That Can Help Your Period Feel Less Intense

If you clicked on this headline, chances are you’re one of the millions of women around the world who deals with intense period pain once a month. Menstruation has been given all sorts of cutesy nicknames over the years — Aunt Flo, Moon Time, Girl Flu — but there’s nothing sweet about dysmenorrhea, the technical term used to describe painful menstrual cramps.

Research published this year in the Journal of Women’s Health found that nearly three quarters of young women (25 and under) have painful periods. That’s a lot of ladies who curl up in the fetal position once a month trying not to scream/pass out from the pain of their shedding uterine lining. In another study, this one published by YouGov in 2017, 42 per cent of women in the workforce say their periods can be so intense that it negatively impacts their job performance.

Period pain shouldn’t be downplayed, but there are ways to help your period feel less intense. From magnesium to cannabis and, yup, even orgasms — here are five ways to feel better during your period.

Disclaimer: This information shouldn’t be used in place of medical advice; always consult your doctor before starting any new health regime.

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