An A-Z Guide on how you can better your monthly ordeal.
A – Apps
Keep track of your period to ensure your periods aren’t delayed. With an app, you don’t have to remember your dates, which most of us tend to forget. Some of the apps you can try are Period Tracker, Flo, Clue.
B – Bloating
If you’ve noticed a bloated tummy and larger than usual or sensitive breasts, your menstruation cycle is around the corner. These symptoms occur because of higher levels of hormones in your system. Make sure you drink a lot of water and eat a balanced diet to get rid of the bloated-ness.
C – Cramps
Cramps are something that makes almost every woman curse the monthly ‘chum’. Include lots of fruits in your diet, especially banana. Acupuncture also helps relieve the pain by relaxing the nervous system. In cases of severe pain, it is best to consult a gynecologist.
D – Dark Chocolate
Satisfy your sweet tooth during periods with dark chocolate. Not only does it help with cramps but contains the “happy hormones” that can help with the mood swings.
E – Exercise
Though most women feel fatigued during their period and tend to avoid any physical exercise, it is recommended that you engage in light exercise. Maybe just a walk or some light stretching can help you have an easier and comfortable period.
F – Fluids
Keep yourself hydrated with lots of fluids, especially water. Drinking water also helps with the bloating sensation and keeps you up and energetic.
G – Gynecologist
As important as it is to get regular dental checkups, health checkups and so on, it is essential to visit a gynecologist at least once a year. If your periods are irregular or excruciatingly painful, it is better to visit the doc rather than self-medicating.
H – Heat
If only period cramps had an instant remedy…well, they might. Try keeping a hot water bottle on your lower abdomen to ease the period pain.
I – Iron
Loss of blood causes loss of iron in the body, which is essential for a healthy immune system and to transport oxygen in the body. Make spinach and other greens a part of your diet in order to maintain the right level of iron in your body.
K – Kale
Kale is a period superfood. It might not give you instant results and relief, but it is a healthy addition to your diet to increase iron levels. It contains high level of fiber which aids digestion and constipation, which is a problem many women face during their period.
L – Lavender Oil
Aromatherapy can lift your mood, clear your blues, and leave you calm and happy. Studies suggest that using lavender oil to massage the stomach reduces cramps and the period discomfort. Also, it smells pretty good!
M – Missed Period
One missed period and you convince yourself that via some supernatural intervention you are pregnant. Other than the obvious reason that you might be pregnant, there are a hundred different reasons why you might have missed your period. Stress, anxiety, a change in routine, dietary changes are all factors that cause a missed period. It is best to consult a gynecologist and figure out why you might’ve missed your period.
N – Nuts
Before period cramps drive you nuts, it is recommended that you eat some. Walnuts, sesame seeds, almonds, peanuts, are all energy boosters and are packed with vitamins and a list of other nutrients that will help you sail smoothly through your period.
O – Oranges
Eat a bunch of oranges during your period to give your body a good and yummy supply of Vitamin C. Oranges and lemons are a good way to keep yourself energized and hydrated.
P – PMS
For everybody that thinks it’s a myth, its real. Women experience emotional and physical changes few days before their period and might also suffer from acne, anxiety, sore breasts, bloating and constipation. A handy tip is to tell your closest ones that it’s that ‘time of the month’ so they pardon your mood swings and funny food cravings.
Q – Quit
To help a comfortable period, avoid foods that are cramp or PMS inducing. Reducing caffeine and dairy products helps with the problematic symptoms of PMSing and cramps respectively.
R – Regular
The importance of changing your sanitary napkin regularly cannot be stressed enough. It is essential to change your pad every 4-5 hours irrespective of the flow. Not changing your pad/tampon regularly can cause a life-threatening complication, a bacterial infection called Toxic Shock Syndrome. So ladies, keep ‘em changing!
S – Sanitary Napkins/Tampons
You can choose between a sanitary pad, tampon, or even a menstrual cup. Stick to what you feel most comfortable in. Women prefer wearing tampons while swimming or exercising. Cups may be preferred as they reusable. However, the most popular is the sanitary pad because all you have to do is stick them on!
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T – Tea
Your morning cuppa can save you from period cramps. Use this time of the month to try out different kinds of tea, relief from cramps is just an added perk. =P
Try these: Chamomile tea, fennel tea, peppermint tea, cinnamon tea, green tea, ginger tea.
U – Understand and Learn
Your body goes through a lot of change before and during your period. These changes can be physical as well as emotional. It is important that you understand and acknowledge these changes and notice the pattern your body undergoes in order to draw differences between what is normal and what isn’t.
V – Veggies
Use this time to hone your masterchef skills and toss up a salad or two. Include lots of leafy greens in your diet as they replenish the iron levels in your body.
X – XO XO
Welcome your period with open arms and embrace it, literally! Hugging and cuddling releases the happy hormones in your body and helps in reducing cramps, aches and stress. This month, indulge in a lot of hugging. 😛
Y – Yoga
Light yoga can make you feel relaxed during your period. Try the supine twist, child’s pose, and forward bends. Avoid inversions like handstand or the headstand.
Z – ZzZzZ
Everything said and done, it’s no lie that you feel more tired than usual when on your period. The best solution to that is snooze, take some rest, and sleep it off!
Make this your menstruation handbook!