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Menstrual cycle and physical activity: what do you need to know?

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Menstrual cycle and physical activity: what do you need to know?

Sporting activity brings with it benefits on both a physical and mental level but there are still many taboos on the menstrual cycle and physical activity. Even today there are still many doubts and false myths to dispel about training and the female universe. One of all: is it possible to practice physical activity during your period?

Menstrual cycle and physical activity: what you need to know

Dr. Rossella Nappi, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pavia, answers this question on the occasion of the Meclon campaign, an Alfasigma brand that aims to promote greater knowledge in the field of female intimate well-being.

There is no contraindication to carrying out physical activity during menstruation

“There is no contraindication to carrying out physical activity during menstruation, except in specific cases such as severe pain and pathologies. There are many positive effects that sport has on the female body: it can help alleviate some of the common ailments, especially when they are accompanied by dysmenorrhea, because it helps to reduce the extent of the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, it stimulates the production of endorphins, therefore it has positive effects on the psycho-physical state” comments Professor Nappi.

Sport, yes, is good for your health, however, it is necessary to pay attention to the rhythms and times of sports practice: if intense and prolonged, as for example in competitive practice, they can lead to hormonal changes that affect female physiology. In fact, in numerous studies, the correlation between physical stress and alterations in the menstrual cycle has been observed, so much so that the definition of “menstrual dysfunction induced by physical exercise” has been coined.

Menstrual cycle and physical activity: satisfying your needs

To practice physical activity with pleasure and in line with the needs of your body, it is essential to listen to yourself, satisfying your needs and, consequently, choosing a sport that you like and that is suitable for your lifestyle.

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Cycle phases and training

“Each phase of the cycle is characterized by the presence of some specific hormone, the two main hormones are estrogen and progesterone, which have opposite effects: estrogen promotes muscle repair, progesterone works exactly the opposite. It is in fact responsible for the loss of muscle mass and inhibits the motor cortex, reducing the brain’s ability to recruit muscles” comments Dr. Nappi.

At the end of the workout, to prevent sensations of external intimate itching mainly due to sports clothing – often tight and made of synthetic fabrics – you can proceed by applying a local action remedy based on natural substances such as Calendula, Propolsave, Hyaluronic Acid and Melatoninwhich soothes, repairs and protects from external intimate discomfort.

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