Do you dread that time of the month?
With stomach cramps, back pain, breakouts and food cravings there’s not much to look forward to when it comes to our periods. If you struggle with your period and you’re looking for tips and products to help make that time of the month more bearable then you have come to the right place.
My periods are temperamental and vary from month to month, one month it can be almost pain-free and the next month I can be in agony and having to take painkillers to help with the pain. Over the years I have found a lot of different products and helpful tips to make my periods as pain-free as possible. Today I am sharing those products and tips below which will hopefully prove helpful if you’re looking to ease your period pains.
If you suffer from back pain during your period I can tell you from personal experience that Heat Pads are brilliant! Simply peel off the backing and stick the Heat Pad to your clothes where your pain is (this shouldn’t be applied directly to the skin) and it will help relieve pain. I tend to use these during the night to help with pain and make sure I get a good nights sleep – they are brilliant. You can also buy reheatable products which you place in the microwave.
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to take 5-7 days out every month and relaxing during your period isn’t always possible so having products that keep you feeling fresh and secure is a must. I recently heard about menstrual underwear which is something I hadn’t come across before. Although I haven’t personally tried this product it has received 5-star reviews from customers and I am considering placing an order to test them out, although I think I would still use an alternative method alongside the underwear.
Curb your cravings
Have you ever found yourself craving everything that’s laden with sugar and carbs then you realised your period is due? This is a common occurrence so you’re not alone, I always find myself craving chocolate and carbs a few days before mine. Whilst there is some thought that cravings are caused by a hormone imbalance there’s no scientific evidence to back this up. In fact, dietician Melanie McGrice published a blog post talking about this subject and research that suggested cravings during our period are cues that we have taught ourselves. I always try to make sure I have healthy snacks I enjoy in the house during that time of the month to try and reduce the chance of me reaching for chocolate and crisps. Of course, the odd bar and packet of crisps are perfectly fine, everything in moderation as they say.
Keep acne at bay
So you’re in pain, you’re craving chocolate and you have a spot the size of Snowdon on your chin, sound familiar? I’m never usually bothered by spots but you can guarantee that as the time of the month rolls around I will have a breakout on my chin. Breakouts that occur during ovulation and your period are caused by a drop in estrogen. It is possible to try and reduce breakouts, some ways include oral contraceptives which can help regulate your hormones, not all birth control help with this problem and they might not be suitable for you so always discuss your options with your doctor. Diet wise, Dr Melissa Kanchanapoomi advises keeping refined carbs and processed sugars to a minimum to help reduce unwanted breakouts.
Speak to your doctor
If you are struggling with pain, heavy periods, bleeding between periods etc speak to your doctor who can talk through your symptoms and work out a treatment plan if necessary.
If you have any products which make your period easier or any tips I would love to hear them.