I know this title just made a lot of people squirm and want to hide but there is nothing to be shy about. The menstruation process is natural and happens to everyone! I have the most abusive uterus ever. I literally become another person once a month ( I actually wrote about it: Once a month I become someone else, literally.).
Here a few tips and tricks I’ve been using to ease the process:
Clue App (Free App available on both IOS and Android)
I swear by this App! It is so informative and just so useful. This app helps you predict when your next period is, when your most fertile and when you’re about to start pmsing so you can warn everyone to be extra nice to you.
Clue is designed to make tracking your fertility accurate, fast and friendly. Keep track of your monthly cycle by entering data about your period, pain, mood, fluid, sexual activity and personal notes.
Always keep an extra pad or tampon in your bag.
Periods can be so unpredictable and you the worst thing is unprepared. I keep an extra in every handbag I own, a tampon in my wallet (don’t judge me, I’m paranoid) and another stash in my desk at work.
Avoid caffeine and drink A LOT of water.
Studies have shown that caffeine can make PMS symptoms a whole lot worse than what they are. I suffer from the craziest period pains and I know for a fact that when I a lot of coffee, the pains will be 100 times worse than when I don’t drink coffee. You may feel a lot heavier during your period and this is because you are retaining water. The best way to avoid retaining water is to drink a lot of water (sounds crazy I know). Water helps you bloat less, keeps you hydrated and helps to lessen the severity of PMS symptoms.
Exercise, exercise, exercise!
Staying fit reduces the risk of many serious diseases, from heart disease to cancer, and is associated with lower risk of depression and improved sleep quality. Another awesome fact: Exercise affects the menstrual cycle. Regular, moderate exercise is recommended as a treatment strategy for easing painful and negative symptoms of the cycle.Average adults aged 18 to 65 years old need moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes for five days each week.