Periods are something most women have to deal with from the age of puberty until they have gone through the menopause. For many women, the arrival of a period barely rates a mention. But for some, periods are painful, inconvenient, and expensive. In this guide, we’re going to look at the things you can do to make your period a bit easier each month.
Menstrual cramps are deeply unpleasant, but there are lots of ways to ease the pain.
- Wrap a hot water bottle in a towel and hold it snugly against your belly. The heat should help to soothe the pain.
- Have a hot bath and add some drops of lavender oil. This is nice and relaxing and again, the heat will ease your discomfort.
- Try massaging your belly in gentle circles. Many women find this helps when they suffer from cramps.
- Exercise is also helpful, even though you might not feel like doing anything. In fact, if you combine exercise with a dose of sunshine, you get a two-for-the-price-of-one benefit, as Vitamin D is known to relieve painful period cramps.
- Go to bed early when your period is at its worst. Sleep is the cure for most things, including period pain.
- Drink a cup of chamomile tea.
Don’t forget to look closely at your diet too. Are you drinking enough fluids? Try to avoid eating too much fat and sugar. Foods with anti-inflammatory properties are helpful, such as bell peppers, cherries, and tomatoes. Cinnamon, ginger, and fennel are all proven cures for period pain.
Minimize the Inconvenience
There’s no getting away from the fact that periods are rather inconvenient. Unless your menstrual flow is very light, chances are you have to think carefully about what you wear. You’ll probably need to avoid wearing light-colored pants and skirts, pack a change of underwear, and keep a decent supply of menstrual products.
When you’re at home each day, it’s not so bad. You can jump in the shower if you leak everywhere and you can hide from the world if your hormones are making you feel homicidal. But if you have a high-pressure job or you need to be outdoors all day, periods can be difficult to deal with.
A big part of the problem is having to change tampons and sanitary pads at regular intervals. There’s nothing worse than sitting in a meeting and experiencing a sudden gush of blood – and then spending the next hour wondering if you have leaked everywhere.
The solution to this problem is to start wearing period proof underwear or switch to a menstrual cup. Both products are reusable and much kinder to the environment.
Period underwear is highly absorbent, leak and odor proof. Period panties look just like regular underwear and are available in a range of styles, from sexy boy shorts to conservative high-waisted underwear. Pick the style that suits and you’re good to go. Period underwear is ideal for women who want to go about their daily lives without worrying about leaks. You can wear period panties as a standalone garment or while using a regular tampon and there’s no chance of embarrassing accidents.
Menstrual cups are worn internally like a tampon, for up to 12 hours at a time. This means you can wear a menstrual cup all day long and as long as it’s inserted correctly, it won’t leak. Menstrual cups are ideal for active women who love to exercise – you can empty your cup whenever it’s convenient, rinse in clean water, and put back in place.
Whether you opt for a menstrual cup or decide to wear period panties., instead of worrying about leaks and regular visits to the ladies, you can relax.
The cost of menstrual products is another reason why periods are painful. Tampons and sanitary pads aren’t too expensive, but when you factor in the expense of replacing ruined underwear, it all adds up. By switching to reusable menstrual products, you can save a ton of money in the long-term. And since you’re helping to save the environment too, you can sleep a little easier at night.
Don’t let periods mess up your life every month. You really don’t need to dread Aunt Flow’s arrival if you follow the tips above!