by Gabrielle Kassel, CF-L1, August 4, 2020

During menstruation “vasoconstriction”, or narrowing of the arteries, can also occur in the uterus, adds Dr. Kecia Gaither, M.D., M.P.H., FACOG, Director of Perinatal Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. Sometimes this results in ischemia (inadequate blood supply to the uterus) or uterine necrosis (death of some of the uterus’ cells). With both, it’s a recipe for cramping, nausea, and headaches, she explains. Doing anything—let alone working out—while cramp-ridden often feels impossible.

The sum of all of these parts: During your period, your desire to work out may take a hit.

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