Menstruation is a part of a woman’s life cycle wherein it occurs during the transition of a girl’s body into adulthood. Period happens due to the changes of a woman’s hormones, in which the ovaries release the female hormones called estrogen and progesterone that causes the lining of the uterus to build up which breaks down and bleeds if there’s no fertilized egg.
So, welcome to your educational pep talk where we will tackle one of the most important stuff about being a woman: menstruation. But specifically speaking, we will be talking about how to have a worry-free period because most of the time, you may have classified your period as an impending hell, right? Well, you don’t need to worry now since we will be giving you tips on how to have a carefree period.
Know What Menstrual Product Helps You
This will always be a woman’s concern —menstrual products. With all the varieties and different choices out there in the market, it is inevitable that you’d all get confused on what would work well for you and what wouldn’t. Well, it’s not easy to say that what works for one woman would work best for another, but let’s meet halfway shall we?
Let’s consider tampons first. Tampons have been around since the 1930s and are by far the most popular choice since it offers comfortability in terms of movements, unlike the sanitary pads which can be inconvenient to wear especially during active physical movements. However, it is recommended to change tampons every four to eight hours depending on your menstrual flow.
On the other hand, are the menstrual cup which were also around as long as tampons were but are not widely used by women in the United States. However, the innovation of this menstrual product has taken a revolution in women’s menstrual hygiene products wherein women may now experience the same advantages with tampons but with additional benefits, such as being able to safely wear it up to 12 hours even with average to massive menstrual flows.
Know Your PMS Relievers
PMS or premenstrual syndrome is just one of the symptoms of your nearing period, and inevitably your mood swings are probably making you crazy day in and out. Not to mention that you’re feeling cramps, but you need to hustle and get yourself to work and school. Frustrating isn’t it? Thus, here are the things that would help you out during your PMS:
Lavender. The smell of lavender is a popular choice for inducing feelings of relaxation and improvement of the mood. Dr. Zielinski who specializes in the therapeutic use of oils stated that lavender helps calm the body and balance out the hormone levels naturally. You can smell out lavender scents through use of candles, oils, or incenses.
Heating Pads. Always prepare out your heating pads just in case you get attacked suddenly by menstrual cramps. Place it over your lower stomach and leave it for a while, or you could also have a nice, warm bath to make your fatigue go away and muscles relaxed at the same time.
What You Eat is What You Get
Avoiding Junk Foods, Alcohol, Caffeine, and Sweets. These foods right here are one of the many culprits in women’s nightmarish PMS and cramps since caffeinated drinks increase anxiety, nervousness, and insomnia. Alcohol, on the other hand, acts as a depressant which does not help any better in your PMS.
Additionally, steering clear of sugary foods helps ease severe PMS symptoms through mood swings prevention associated with blood sugar fluctuations.
Meal Intakes. Small, frequent meals throughout the day help ease PMS symptoms rather than eating two or three big meals. Why? This is due to the carbohydrate intake which causes blood sugar swings and causes or worsens PMS. This is where a scenario of your irritability and crying spells come in, since low blood sugar may contribute to these acts that are often seen in women, which is why to try eating six small meals a day to keep your blood sugar level steady.
Having our blood gush out from your body is not an easy-peasy natural body occurrence. However, one really cannot do anything about it but help yourself out through your initiatives in taking good care of your body in hope to relieve any of the inconvenience’s menstruation brings you.
This is why as a woman, you should be knowledgeable of your body and of what things would help you out to alleviate premenstrual syndrome or dysmenorrhea that your monthly period brings. You should always remember that knowing these things are both luxury learnings and are a responsibility to have.