Periods. Most of us girls have a love-hate relationship with our periods, right? I mean, for one, periods are a good indicator of what’s going on inside and the general health of our reproductive systems. But at the same time.. it’s uncomfortable, there’s pain, your mood’s all over the place, you know? Don’t even get me started on those cravings (or is that just me?)! It’s uncomfortable AF (Can I use AF? I mean, it’s used way too much geeez, but since I’ve already used YASSSS, so why not?). Throughout the years, I’ve found a couple of simple things that you can do to help make it a more comfortable time. So, today’s post will be on How to Make Your Period Suck Less with 5 simple tips!
A little background of my personal experiences with periods! I’ve had mine for almost a decade now, which is kind of crazy when I think about it. Since the second year of getting my period, I’ve always had terrible abdominal cramps on the first day of my period. As I age, it seems to get slightly better. But boy, it was so bad back then! These cramps were so terrible that I could barely function. It hurt so bad that I would start to feel nauseous and I wasn’t able to keep food down. Then there were the cold sweats. I’ve done my fair share of complaining now haha, so lets just get into 5 simple ways to make your period suck less!
1. To Combat the Cramps!
Honestly, sometimes the best way to get rid of cramps is to rest. But nobody’s got time for that, right? Cramps just seem to come at the worst time when you’re in the middle of something important. For this purpose, I always have pain killers in my purse. There are a ton of different pain killers you can use – the most well-known one being ibuprofen, but I use a paracetamol that my doctor suggested. I only take a pain killer if my cramps are really bad and I can’t function well, otherwise I just let it be. Usually, I down a pill, and the pain will slowly subside within the next 30 minutes.
I know pain killers aren’t for everyone. When I first started having cramps, I was determined to find a more natural way of getting rid of the pain. There are some other things to help with cramps which aren’t as effective as pain killers, but they do help. These include a warm herbal tea, hot water bottles, and a warm bath. These work to reduce the pain to some extent, but you want to make sure they are not too hot. In my experience, using a hot water bottle that was too hot made my cramps much worse.
2. To Get Rid of the “Uncomfortable”
One of the things that I find the most uncomfortable about a period, is that gross feeling down there. I’m gonna first apologise for using multiple cringy words all at once but.. That moist (ew), humid (ew), warm (ew) feeling down there, no matter how hard you try to avoid it. Don’t even get me started on sneezing, and the feeling of the effects of gravity when you stand up after sitting down for a while. Well, of course, this only applies if you wear a pad! Which brings me to my next “tip” – try wearing a tampon instead!
I’ve only started using tampons a year ago. It was my sister who suggested trying on a tampon, and let me tell you – it’s the best decision I’ve made regarding my period! It was scary at first, but it only took me two tries to get the hang of it! If you’ve inserted the tampon right, it feels like there’s nothing there! It’s like a little plug that keeps all that disgusting adjectives I’ve mentioned away. With a tampon, you always feel clean and fresh down there. But make sure you change it often, though! With tampons, there is a risk of toxic shock syndrome, which a pamphlet that comes with every tampon box will explain. So make sure you read it through, and change your tampon every 4-6 hours!
3. Bye-bye Stains!
One of the worst parts about a period is the accidental stains. Eventhough they’re ugly and look like grandma undies, get yourself a pair of period undies – they are life changing! They’re made of a material that, even if you leak out of your pad/tampon, it won’t transfer to your pants unless it’s a huge leak. Of course, the number one way to prevent stains is to change your tampon/pad regularly. Another thing I like to do to prevent stains in case of a leak when I’m sleeping is to lay a towel (I have a designated towel I now call my period towel) where your butt would touch your bed. Even if you leak, you won’t ruin your bedding or worse.. the actual mattress. All you have to do is wash the towel. Stains? Warm water and soap. No worries!
4. Period? What Period?
Yes, the best way to make your period suck less is to get your mind off it! Stop thinking about it! I remember my cramps would get so much worse if I focused on it and when I constantly asked myself “WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME!”. So now what I like to do is to binge-watch something on Netflix, with a hot cocoa or some fruit tea. It makes a huge difference! Do something you like to do to get your mind off it. Play a game, read a good book, watch a movie, anything at all!
5. The Lifestyle Change
This might be the one you’re dreading (I know I was).. but it’s one of the best ways to make your period suck less! It’s a lifestyle change. Exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, and eat your veggies and fruits! Not just on your period, but in your every day life too. Keeping your body healthy is so important! After being more active and eating more fruits, I definitely noticed a change. My cramps, even though they were still there, weren’t that bad anymore.
You don’t have to do vigorous exercise every day. Just do a little bit more. Park your car further away, walk instead of driving short distances, and take a stroll through the park! If you’re like me and you struggle with drinking enough water, try infusing your water with fruits. My favourite combination is strawberries and lemon. If you don’t eat enough veggies or fruits, try having a fruit + veggie smoothie for breakfast. Putting spinach in your smoothie makes it look too green and veggie-like, but it’s tasteless, I promise! All you’ll taste are the fruits!
+ 6. Put Away the Cold Drinks, Maybe?
Honestly, this is a traditional Chinese “superstition”. Or so I thought. I had to learn this the hard way. According to traditional Chinese medicine doctors, cold is associated with contraction. Menstrual cramps are caused by your uterus contracting, so drinking cold drinks will make your cramps worse. I’ve been told by my mum that ice on your period is a big no-no. I’ve always thought it was some sort of superstition, so one day I drank an iced milk tea, yum. That night, not only did I get cramps (which was on my third day, which is unusual for me), but my flow got really heavy. However, I have a ton of Western friends who drink iced drinks during their period and nothing happens. I’m really curious about this, so let me know in the comments if you drink iced drinks on your period! It might be an old wives’ tale, but if you do drink cold drinks on your period and get cramps, it wouldn’t hurt to try this out.
So those were my 5 (and an extra, maybe 1) tips to make your period suck less! Hopefully it was helpful to some of you! I know I’ve struggled with my period for a couple of years, but these have helped me so much. If you have any other tips that you do to make your period suck less, let us know in the comments and we can help each other out!
Thanks for reading, xoxo