These 6 foods increase pain during periods

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Sep 21, 2017
Quick Bites

  • Some foods can make things worse during periods.
  • They can worsen anxiety, depression & breast tenderness.
  • Caffeine and alcohol should be avoided during periods.

Periods are already filled with uncomfortable symptoms such as fatigue, mood swings, breast tenderness, bloating, food cravings and constipation or diarrhea that a debilitating pain can make it the most dreadful times of the month for a woman. What's even worse is that certain things that you eat to suppress your cravings can actually increase the pain. So, here is a list of foods that you should not eat when you are on your period. 

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Caffeinated foods and beverages

You can get relief from menstrual symptoms by avoiding foods and beverages that contain caffeine such as coffee, tea and soft drinks. These can worsen symptoms such as anxiety, depression and breast tenderness. Drink herbal teas or plenty of water to keep your body hydrated instead of consuming caffeinated beverages.

Processed foods

You can prevent bloating and the puffy, heavy feeling during periods by keeping your salt intake under control.  The best way to do that is by avoiding processed foods as they are typically packed with sodium. Instead of processed foods, eat whole foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, poultry, nuts, whole grains and unsaturated fats like olive oil. All these foods naturally contain less sodium, promoting overall health. 


Consumption of alcohol during periods can worsen the symptoms and can even lead to depression. Alcohol can act as a blood thinner which increases the flow and causes more discomfort. It is best to stay away from alcohol when you have your periods. 

sugary foods

Sugary foods

Sugary foods like candies, cookies, and cakes are a big no during periods. Such foods can elevate your mood for a short time but they worsen the pain.  If you want to eat something sweet, go for fruits like melon, mango or peach.

Fatty meats

Most fatty meats are saturated which can cause pain and inflammation during periods. Besides, if you are already suffering from cramps, consuming saturated fats can actually worsen the pain.  If you crave for meat while on periods, opt for lean meats instead. 

Commercially baked foods

Commercially baked foods contain high trans-fats, which can drive the estrogen level up. When you eat these baked foods during your periods, you tend to feel a sudden pain in the uterus. Eating bread with high fibre is a better way to help you through your menstruation. 

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