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Can the foods you eat during your period affect how severe (or less severe) menstrual cramps are?
It’s the foods you eat in the 21 days leading up to your period that can affect how severe your cramps are, more than what you eat during your period. Also, the degree to which diet can help improve symptoms depends on the type of dysmenorrhea (painful periods) you have. Certain foods and lifestyle habits can contribute to chronic inflammation, which can influence more pain-inducing prostaglandins to be released during your period. If you have primary dysmenorrhea, meaning that there is not another underlying secondary cause for the pain, then eating a more anti-inflammatory diet or hypoallergenic diet may improve the pain significantly.