While the menstrual phase might seem very relieving that you aren’t pregnant, it can as well come with its discomforts and frustrations. It might be hard for you to come across a lady who is having a swell time during her period. Periods and feeling terrible go hand in hand. You go from picking out clothes suitable for your period instead of what you actually feel like wearing, feeling very overweight to feeling overly conscious of yourself in public. We totally get it. These times can be very rough for women but thankfully, there are steps you can take to make this phase kind of a smooth ride for you.
One of the major issues women have to go through during their period is pain. Menstrual cramps occur a day or two before your period and lasts for some days into your period. This is caused by the muscle contractions in the uterus or womb. These are a few tips to reducing or alleviating the pain caused by your period:
- Using a heating pad on your belly or your lower back can assist in reducing the cramps.
- Taking a hot bath will help calm your nerves
- Over the counter pain relief medicines recommended for menstrual cramps and heavy flow such as ibuprofen and naproxen can help reduce menstrual pains.
- Massaging your belly with essential oils may have additional benefits.
Periods come with bloating which can be very annoying. Imagine looking at your stomach and it looks like you are a few months pregnant or you just feel unnecessarily overweight? These are the steps to take to reduce your bloating.
- Make water your best friend. Drink plenty of water.
- Take a diuretic. Well, if you are drinking plenty of water, you may not need this because you’ll be urinating a lot.
- Reduce your consumption of processed foods.
- Exercise regularly.
Stains! The most annoying thing about periods! Hate to always look back and check yourself? Hate to ask a friend to help you check? It’s time you took charge and ensured that your menstruation phase is stain free.
- Always have an extra pad/tampon or two (depending on how heavy or light your flow is) in your bag so you can regulate the time at which you change when you are out and about.
- Change your pad/tampon before going to sleep. There is nothing soothing than a fresh tampon/pad. Always change your pad or tampon before going to bed to avoid staining your sheets.
- Place your pads properly on your panties. Get pads that are sticky enough to not shift when you wear them.
- Wearing pads with the right panties can also help secure your pads properly. Using cotton underwear can help keep pads in place during wear. Apart from securing your pads, it’ll help you feel fresh and dry all day.
Avoiding irritations caused by pads
While wearing pads during your period, you might experience rashes or soreness in between your legs. Here are tips to reduce or stop it completely;
- Use unscented pads.
- Change your pads frequently.
- Try a different brand of sanitary pads to determine the cause.
- Apply a hydrocortisone cream to the outer vulva area if it is affected. Do not put the cream inside the vagina canal.
- Wear loose cotton pants to prevent tightness and to reduce friction.
- Switch to an all-cotton sanitary pad.
It might be difficult through the period days but these are things you can do to mitigate the situation. If you found these tips helpful, kindly like and share!