Almost all women struggle with some aspect of their period. Whether it’s cramping, back ache, heavy flow, or tummy problems, it seems like our bodies are telling us the simple act of bleeding just isn’t enough!
Even though it’s hard to find a cure for these ailments, there are ways to manage these symptoms, and generally have a happier period. One that doesn’t disrupt your other plans and lets you get on with your day.
Let’s look at four ways you can limit discomfort during your time of the month so you can have a happier period.
1. Take your vitamins
Many women find themselves more tired and stressed during their period. This is due to a change in our hormones, such as a drop in estrogen, as well as certain deficiencies that get worse during your time of the month.
Many women recommend taking Iron, Magnesium, and Potassium supplements, as well as Vitamins A, B, C and D either as part of a multivitamin, or eating more food containing these vitamins.
2. Avoid sweets
While a lot of us crave sweet things like chocolates and fizzy drinks during our period, this can actually make you feel a lot worse. This is because sugar can cause inflammation, drain your energy, and cause mood swings. If you’re already feeling bloated, blocked up, or uncomfortable, this is the last thing that you want.
This doesn’t mean you can’t have anything sweet at all though. Try things with low sugar content or completely sugar free, like dark chocolate.
3. Light exercise
I know that the last thing you want to do right now is hop on the treadmill, but exercise has been shown to help with a range of PMS symptoms, including muscle pain, cramps, nausea and bloating.
Try something low-impact, like yoga or going for a long walk. Getting some fresh air may also help relieve some of your symptoms!
4. Raspberry leaf tea
Used as a herbal remedy for many years, Raspberry leaf tea contains fragrine, a compound that strengthens and tones the uterine wall, helping to decrease pain and heavy flow associated with periods. It has also been said to help with other symptoms including nausea and diarrhoea.