Despite the commonly held belief that exercise helps alleviate period symptoms, it doesn’t seem to be the case, according to a new study from Birmingham University researchers. In the report, more than 650 university students aged 18 to 25 were given a questionnaire to determine at what age they started their period; how often they had one; what birth control they used; whether they had children; and any medical conditions. Questions on exercise and lifestyle were also asked. In the survey, 72 per cent had very little or no period pain, but 28 per cent had moderate to severe pain. The study found no link between pain and the amount of exercise participants did, the BBC reports, although they insisted there are other important reasons to exercise.