There’s no getting around your period, but that doesn’t mean that you need to suffer through it. Get creative and find ways to help yourself feel more comfortable for those few days.
Here are 10 ways to change your period experience:
#1. Try a yoga class
Despite what you may think, exercise actually helps to ease the discomfort you feel during your period, like cramps and headaches. Yoga is the perfect option because it provides you with a good workout, while helping you relax and destress at the same time.
#2. Turn to painkillers
Even if you’re not the type who usually takes medicine for pain, you may want to consider it while you have your period. Taking a mild painkiller can make a world of difference in your struggle with cramps, headaches, and body pains. If you’re not sure which one to try, consult with your doctor.
#3. Be prepared
Take a walk through your local drugstore and you’re bound to find something called ‘period kits.’ These are prepackaged arrangements of different products that will help you get through your period with less discomfort and more enjoyment. Try picking one up in preparation for your next period, and see if you like it.
#4. Track it with an app
Life can get really busy, and sometimes keeping track of when your period will come is harder than it needs to be. To make sure that you don’t get caught off guard, use an app on your phone to track your menstrual cycle.
#5. Abandon caffeine
If you’re a coffee junkie, you may want to take a break while you have your period. Though you probably drink coffee to keep your energy up and help you through your days, during your period, it could have the opposite effect. Caffeine makes menstrual cramps so no matter how much energy you have, you will be in worse pain.
#6. Avoid salt
Bloating is one of the worst parts of your period. No matter what you do, it seems like all your clothes fit more tightly during those few days. Be careful not to make it worse than it needs to be. Eating salty foods will cause you to bloat even more! Stick to salt-free snacks like fruit, instead.
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#7. Up potassium intake
Bananas are your friend during your period. They are full of potassium which helps ease the pain of menstrual cramps. Eat as many as you want!
#8. Special underwear
One of the most recent options on the market for use during periods is specific underwear for while you’re bleeding. If you’re not a fan of typical methods like pads or tampons, this underwear could be something you like.
#9. Use a cup
Another alternative to pads and tampons is the menstrual cup. It works very well and is made from medical-grade silicone so you don’t need to worry about any type of infection.
#10. Take advantage of heat
Heat helps ease the pain of menstrual cramps. Use a hot water bag or make your own using a sock, lie down and apply to your stomach area. Relax and let the relief wash over you.
Your period doesn’t need to be a time of suffering. Use these tips to help you get through, and don’t forget, sex is always a great way to fight cramps, as well!
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