Let’s face, it for lots of women, our periods simply suck. If we aren’t feeling bloated, were struggling with the pain of cramps or feeling crabby because our hormones are all over the place. It might not be possible to make our period problems go away completely, but there are several ideas we can try to make them suck less.
Here are some easy ideas to make the worst time of the month a little more bearable:
Take Control of It
For many women, their period feels like it is totally out of their control and there is little they can do about it. This can lead to a lot more stress, anger, and annoyance than is really necessary. So, instead of trying to pretend your period isn’t happening, or feeling upset because it isn’t under your control, start tracking it with an app instead.
By taking control of your period, you’ll feel more ownership of it, and you’ll always know why you’re feeling a bit down or struggling with bad skin so that you won’t feel so crazy about it all. Of course, if you track your period, you’ll always be prepared for it when it comes.
When it’s that time of the month, you probably want to do little more than crawl up into a ball with a heat pad and your favourite shows on Netflix, but here’s a bright idea: get up and do something instead. By not dwelling on your cramps or the way your stomach has bloated to twice its side, you won’t actually feel quite so bad, and if you actually get up and do some exercise, the movement will release feel-good endorphins, which will boost your mood and ease your pain.
Try a New Contraceptive
If you’re currently taking a contraceptive, have an implant, or any other form of you’re using any other form of birth control, it may be worth talking with a professional at marie stopes or your local doctor to see if there might be a better alternative for you. Many women find that their period sucks less after they’ve been out on certain contraceptives, so it’s certainly worth a try, especially if you’re dealing with heavy periods, extreme period pain or breakouts.
If you suffer from PMS, stress and low mood at that time of the month, one idea that often works is to treat yourself to something nice. It could be a having dinner with friends, a massage, or a new dress, just do something nice for yourself and you will probably find that the anger and bitchiness start to evaporate just a bit and make you feel a bit better about the tough few days you’ll be forced to go through.
Try a Menstrual Cup
Many women who suffer from cramps during their period have noticed that, when they use a menstrual cup as opposed to tampons, their pain diminishes significantly. Although, as yet there doesn’t seem to be any scientific evidence to back this up, it’s an idea worth trying because you have nothing to lose and if it does help your period will suck less.