I’m sorry but we have to talk about that monthly pest. If you have never had a period before or just started having them, this post will benefit you. If you have been having periods for a while and would like to know some relief tips, this will benefit you as well.
What is a period?
“Simply put: A period is when a woman’s body releases tissue it no longer needs. This tissue comes from the uterus, which is where a baby (fetus) can develop in the female body. Every month or so, the uterus lining gets thicker to prepare for a fertilized egg if the woman becomes pregnant. If the egg doesn’t get fertilized, that lining is released from the body as blood through the vagina. This monthly process is called menstruation or a period.” -Beinggirl.com
This happens every 28 days.
Sanitation products: Pads (Napkins) or Tampons?
It depends on what you are comfortable with. If you try a tampon and don’t like it that is fine. I would recommend never using pads with no wings because they shift and leave you with a mess. Also if you want a lot of comfort and don’t want to check for leakages so often, wear overnight pads all of the time. Overnight pads a super comfortable. Switch to thin pads near the end when your period is almost over (you will see a huge decrease in blood.) If you choose tampons try to wear a pantiliner with them in case your tampon leaks.
What can I do?
You can do anything on your period. Some suggest swimming (with a tampon) is fine but I have never done it. I read if you exercise your pains will be reduced and you can cause your period to end faster (don’t know if this is actually true, but it’s always worth a try.) Don’t let a little blood stop you!
Oh, the Pain!
This is the worst part of having a period in my opinion, but there are ways to reduce your pain.
- I always take an ibuprofen which helps with cramps and headaches. There are many medicines out there for menstrual cycles that will help the pain go away. Again, you have to find what’s best for you.
- Peppermint oil is the greatest during these times. If you rub a little on your stomach, you will feel sort of a numbness and a cooling sensation. The peppermint oil can also create a relaxed feeling.
- Okay, this one might sound weird but drink pickle juice! I have no idea where I learned this one from, but it always works. You can also just eat pickles if you are not comfortable drinking the juice.
- If you want a distraction from the pain buy (or have you parents buy) what you are craving. My go to is definitely potato chips and chocolate, then I crawl up in my bed and watch a movie.
- Bloating also causes a lot of pain during this time. Our bodies retain water during our cycles so I drink a lot before I start and don’t drink much during that time.
- Get a heated pad or take a warm shower.
- Drink tea! Green tea is a go to.
A lot of women have “Period Panites” which are underwear that have been stained or are their most comfortable pairs. If you wake up and have leakage, don’t worry. Taking them in the shower with you to do a mini hand wash usually gets most to all of the blood off.
“Premenstrual syndrome is a complex of physical and emotional changes, including depression,irritability, appetite changes, bloating and water retention, breast soreness, and changes in muscular coordination, one or more of which may be experienced in the several days before the onset of menstrual flow.” – Dictionary.com.
A lot of people will blame their attitude on PMS. Yes, it does cause mood changes, but control your period and your emotions do not let it control you! Carry a Snicker bar with you or something to keep you happy.
It is important to stay and feel fresh and clean while you are on your period.
- There are wet wipes that you can carry with you in case of you leak or if you want to clean your vaginal area after changing your pad or tampon.
- I always carry a body spray with me just so I can feel more fresh. I may feel like crap, but I smell like I just came off of an island.
- Change your pad every few hours. This honestly depends on your flow, but I would suggest having 3-4 for each day. I don’t use tampons but experts say the same for those as well.
- While showering and bathing, there is something that prevents blood flow. Take your choice of a sanitation product and a pair of underwear with you to the bathroom. Place the pad in the underwear before you get in the shower so you won’t leak blood everywhere. As soon as you dry off you can put the underwear on.
- There are sprays made by Summer’s Eve and Vagisil that also come in handy. Using them on your period is your choice. Again, not everyone is the same when it comes to periods.
Hopefully everyone got a tip or two out of this post that they can use. Not every girl has a parent to teach them these things so share this information if you can. Girls, don’t be afraid! This is a natural process; you will get used to it and most importantly get through it!