The Effect of Exercise on Premenstrual Symptoms

Dr. Rebecca Tocher-Richmond, ND

Researchers looked at a total of 361 studies on this subject for this systematic review.  Overall, exercise was found to be effective in improving physical symptoms such as pain, constipation, breast sensitivity, and psychological symptoms such as anxiety and anger.  The authors concluded that exercise is an effective intervention for alleviating premenstrual symptoms in women with premenstrual syndrome.
Complemet Ther Med. 2020 Jan;48:102272.  doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2019.102272.  Epub 2019 Nov 27.