Oh, that time of the month! A glorious symbol of womanhood that can be a burden in more ways than one sometimes! So while you might just want to curl up into a ball and wait for it to pass, it’s good to know that it doesn’t have to be that bad if you know what to do and NOT do.
Our top 5 things you shouldn’t do when you have your period are:
1. Go for a waxing:
Women often experience more sensitivity to pain during menstruation due to a change in estrogen levels… which makes any painful procedure a no-no at that time of the month. So dental work, doctor examinations, and yes, even a waxing appointment should be postponed till after your period for ultimate relief and comfort.
2. Overdo it on dairy products:
Products such as cheese, milk, and yogurt should be consumed with caution during the time of your period in order to avoid the good old bloats! The acids in such dairy items encourage a puffy stomach and more cramping during your period… and girlfriend, that is the LAST thing you need. Just looking for a calcium boost? Go for almond milk as an alternative.
3. Avoid the gym:
While your mama may want you to sit home and sip a cup of anise tea, we are here to advise you to step up the plate and do your thing in the gym as usual. Why? Because exercise can actually help relieve cramping and other bodily aches! Of course, each person is different so listen to your bodily cues and take note how your feel before and after a workout.
4. Pig out on salty snacks:
Oh, how us women love to pig out on salty treats when it’s that time of the month. But stop in your tracks! Doing so will simply increase the bloat factor you are already experiencing and you will feel worse in the end. Opt for healthy snacks such as fruit and veggies, and if you REALLY need a salty treat, go for celery sticks with a bit of peanut butter on top!
5. Wear a tampon or pad for more than 3-4 hours:
It might be a super busy day at the office, but that’s no excuse to go all day without a quick change of your pad or tampon. Changing your protection after a few hours will help to avoid an unpleasant odor and bacterial accumulation, which could lead to an infection. For women using tampons, changing every 4 hours is an important factor to prevent toxic shock syndrome as well.
All in all, it’s an honor to be a woman and deal with all the baggage that comes with it. However, understanding your monthly cycle and learning the ins and outs of how to deal with it effectively can make your life so much easier.