It’s Just A Phase: Tips For Making Your Period Easier

For many people with periods, their monthly cycle can be an uncomfortable and painful experience. While it is a natural and necessary process, there are ways to manage symptoms and improve the experience – without it being unbearable each and every month. We have collected together some practical advice for easing your menstrual cycle discomfort, including self-care, pain management, and product selection. Remember, you aren’t alone in this struggle – and these things will hopefully help you get on top of your menstrual cycle and feeling a lot more like ‘you.’

Treat yourself to some self-care

It’s essential to take care of yourself all of the time – but especially during your cycle. This can be as simple as getting adequate rest, staying hydrated, and eating a balanced diet. Light exercise, such as yoga or stretching, can help reduce cramps and improve your mood. Additionally, relaxation techniques like deep breathing and aromatherapy can reduce stress and promote calm. Self-care doesn’t look the same for everyone, as we all have different needs. You may prefer a soak in the bath with a face mask over a 5 hour hike. It is all about finding what works for you and what makes you most comfortable.

Get on top of pain management

Menstrual cramps can be a painful and frustrating symptom. Over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen or paracetamol can help alleviate discomfort, but it’s important to follow recommended dosages and consult your healthcare provider if you have concerns. Heat therapy is another effective option, and can be applied with a heating pad or warm compress. Gentle pressure on the lower abdomen can also help relieve tension – so why not try a good old fashioned hot water bottle to ease any pain? Sometimes the old methods are the best kind.

Choose the right products for you

Choosing the right period products can make a big difference in your comfort and confidence. Tampons, pads, menstrual cups, and period panties are all options to consider – and as we have said, everyone is different. Find what works best for your body and lifestyle. High-absorbency pads or period underwear with added protection can help if you are prone to leaks. However, if you prefer tampons or menstrual cups, change them every 4-8 hours to avoid the risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS). This isn’t something to worry about, but it is important to keep track just to be safe.

Avoid triggers and irritants

During your cycle, your skin and body can be more sensitive. Avoid irritants like scented products, douching, and harsh soaps. Try choosing unscented products and gentle cleansers to avoid inflammation and discomfort. As well as this, perhaps find things that comfort you during this time – like a specific skin care routine, for instance.

Track your cycle

Tracking your menstrual cycle can help anticipate and prepare for your period, and all you to articulate your moods and pain to other people. Many apps and calendars can help track your cycle, provide useful information on symptoms, fertility, and contraception.

Rest and hydrate

It’s important to get enough rest during your cycle. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night, and take breaks throughout the day to rest and relax. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to flush out toxins and reduce bloating. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can dehydrate your body and exacerbate cramps.

Dress comfortably

Wearing loose-fitting clothing can help relieve pressure on your abdomen and reduce discomfort. By choosing soft fabrics like cotton and avoid tight pants or waistbands, you are keeping your lower body free of discomfort and the flexibility to move and feel less bloated. Keep an extra change of clothes or period supplies with you when you’re out and about – just in case.

Ask for support

Dealing with period symptoms can be challenging, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Reach out to friends, family, or healthcare providers for support and advice. Consider joining a support group or online community where you can connect with others who have similar experiences – as there are plenty out there if you look. A shared experience can often make you feel more supported, so why not give a Facebook group a try?

Managing period symptoms can be challenging, but there are so many simple steps you can take to make the experience more comfortable and manageable. Remember to take care of yourself, choose products that work for you, and don’t be afraid to ask for support and advice when you need it. With a little planning and self-care, you can make your period more bearable.