You will probably feel there’s no way to feel more uncomfortable than having your period, right? But even in that situation, you can still find ways to make life even more challenging. The cramps; the back pain; the headaches; the nausea—you name it, and they all come in different flavors. Once menstruation begins, most women start worrying about how they will manage every day activities without feeling awkward or embarrassed. However, bearing this monthly challenge is not impossible for anyone. It definitely can get a little bit uncomfortable if you haven’t prepared for it beforehand but here are simple tips that will make your life a lot easier when you start menstruating:
Don’t skimp on the pad or tampon
While you might feel like you’re getting a “free ride” when you don’t have your period, you really shouldn’t skimp on using the sanitary products that you normally use when you have your period. Don’t forget to change the pad or tampon every 4-6 hours, no matter what time of the month it is. Using too little protection will increase the risk of infection, particularly if you have a vaginal infection like bacterial vaginosis or yeast infection. If you’re not comfortable with using tampons, that’s okay! There are plenty of other options, like using menstrual cups, reusable pads, and underwear with a built-in pad.
Wear loose clothes and pants
Wearing loose-fitting clothes and pants is often the best way to avoid feeling like you’re on display when you don’t want people to know you’re menstruating. With a loose-fitting outfit, you can easily hide the pad or tampon that you’re using to catch the blood. You can also tuck your pad into your underwear for added discretion. Just make sure to change your pad frequently so that it doesn’t leak through onto your clothing. Pads can be worn for 6 to 8 hours before needing to be changed, but menstrual cups can be worn for up to 12 hours before needing to be emptied.
Take a hot shower or bath
Taking a hot shower or bath is one of the most effective ways to cope with menstrual cramps. During menstruation, your body temperature slightly increases, which causes muscle cramps and discomfort. Hot water can help reduce this temperature and calm your body, especially if you’re suffering from cramps. Once you get out of the shower, wrap yourself in a warm towel to keep your body temperature down. You can also add some soothing essential oils to the water, like lavender or chamomile. Doing this a few times a month will help reduce the cramping and pain associated with your period and make you feel a lot more comfortable.
Use heating pad or hot water bottle
You can also use a heating pad or hot water bottle to soothe your cramps. Put it on your lower back, abdomen, or pelvic area to make your cramps go away faster. Be sure to use a heating pad designed for the lower back and abdomen, as some are not safe to use on the pelvic area. Using a hot water bottle can be just as effective as the heating pad. Simply fill it up with hot water and put it on your lower back. Be careful not to burn yourself. While both of these methods can be helpful, be sure not to use them for too long.
Don’t forget to rest
You might feel like you have to be productive every day and tackle everything you have on your to-do list. But it’s important to take rest days when you’re menstruating. You might feel like you’re on the verge of exhaustion and you can’t do any work, even though you’re not actually ill. Your body is just adjusting to the changes happening due to menstruation. So, make sure you give yourself a break when you need one and don’t feel guilty about it. Your body needs to rest and adjust, so you can start fresh again when your period ends.
Your menstrual cycle is a normal part of life that most women experience. Though this monthly cycle can be uncomfortable, there are many ways to stay comfortable during your period. There’s no reason why you should be uncomfortable during your period. By following these tips, you can stay comfortable and have a positive period experience. A little preparation can go a long way towards making your period as hassle-free and uneventful as possible.