Hey loveliess, I hope you’re all warm and well.
Being a female comes with its perks, periods, ovulation and menstrual cycles isn’t one of them. It’s something we all have to deal with. Every single month we’re blessed by mother nature with an insane rush of hormones, tummy bloating, sugar cravings and a few days of bleeding. What’s not to love right..? Here’s a few handy period hacks to make that time of the month, a little less crappy.
Track your cycle.
Can’t recommend this enough. There are so many apps available to us girlies that will help keep track of our cycles. Clue is a free app that can be used to predict your period, fertility and PMS. There’s a lot of other handy features that keep a track of your sleep, cravings, sexual activity and moods. The more you use clue, the more reliable your predictions. I’ve used this app for a around 6 months, and it’s pretty much bang on every time.
You can track your periods as much as you want, but sometimes mother nature comes calling unexpectedly. This usually happens at the most inconvenient times and I’ve been caught short a few times. Save the embarrassment and be prepared. I now always carry a little pouch in my bag, full of things that will help sort me out. I’d say it’s essential to have some sanitary products, spare undies, a nappy sack for the dirty pants and some wipes to clean yourself up. It’s also a good idea to keep some pain killers handy. They might not eliminate the pains but it will help take the edge off.
Can’t go wrong with a nice long soak in the bath or a hot water bottle on your tummy. The heat doesn’t just provide comfort, it actually deactivates the pain at a molecular level, similar to how regular pain killers work. That’s pretty cool huh?
Find sanitary products that work for you.
With such a wide choice of lady products, it can become a little overwhelming find the right one. Each woman is different and finding what makes you comfortable can take a while. Be patient, try different things and you’ll find something to suit you. Personally I prefer Tampax compact pearl. Easy to insert (eww), expands to my body shape and feels comfortable. I’d recommend giving these a go.
This is easier said than done. Try and replace your coffee with ginger or raspberry leaf tea. Ginger had long been known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties and helps alleviate the pains of cramping. Similarly red raspberry leaf tea contains something called Fragarine. This naturally eases pains and cramps by relaxing the uterus. Both teas are also full of vitamins and iron which is key for keeping energy levels up and reducing bloating.
Sleep and rest more.
Your body is on overdrive during your period, probably why you feel tired more easily. Try and get to bed an hour earlier, let your body rest and recuperate. Any excuse to stay in bed right?
This one isn’t for me personally but studies have proved that orgasms can help relive symptoms of cramping. During orgasm, your brain releases a rush of hormones that decrease stress levels, help with pains and gives you a feel good factor.
During my period, I often find myself recklessly stuffing my face with chocolate, sweets and all the bad things. Most of the time this isn’t actually helping. Try swapping your sugary candy for some sweet fruits or a smoothie, ingredients like Berries and bananas are filled with all the goodness the body actually craves. I’m not by any means saying don’t eat that chocolate bar, just everything in moderation (whatever that is)
That’s a round up of 8 easy period hacks every girl should know about. Hopefully you’ve learnt something new and next time mother nature comes knocking, you know exactly what to do to beat the cramps and feel great.
Kisses and love