Having a period means having a rollercoaster ride! When Aunt Flo pays a visit, you have to deal with unbearable bloating, constant cramps, and extreme mood swings. All these things might cause discomfort but let’s face it, periods are a natural occurrence. Their presence indicates good health!
There are, however, a couple of things you should avoid doing in order to make those few days in the month a little more bearable. Periods may cause some pain and discomfort but you can take specific steps to ease the symptoms
Here are 10 things you should not be doing during your periods:
1. Giving in to salt cravings
with a high salt content are not good for you when you’re menstruating
because they can worsen your cramps. What’s more, it can cause severe
bloating and add to the discomfort.
2. Drinking a lot of coffee
is one of the worst things you can do when you’re menstruating! High
caffeine content can exacerbate your pain and also contribute to breast
tenderness. You might crave caffeine but you will definitely need to
reduce the intake of coffee.
3. Using a douche
Douching to clean yourself down there can prove to be very harmful. It can cause several health issues like infections and an increased risk of developing STDs by interfering with the vagina’s natural barriers against bacteria.
4. Wearing the same sanitary product all day long
doesn’t matter if you’re using a sanitary pad or a tampon, wearing the
same product for more than 4 to 6 hours will prove to be a breeding
ground for bacteria and will lead to the development of bad odour. In
addition, doing so can also cause skin rashes and TSS (Toxic Shock
5. Waxing or shaving
you’re on your period, avoid hair removal. The area is sensitive and
the pull of the wax strips can hurt, adding to your discomfort. Shaving
can prove to be an extremely messy affair due to the period flow. In
case you end up with a cut due to the shaving, it might lead to
infection. So, plan it after a week of your period to reduce the risk of
pain and discomfort.
6. Having unprotected sex
of all, it’s absolutely normal to have sex when you are menstruating
but having sex without protection during periods is a bad idea! If
you’re not looking at starting a family just yet, you should avoid
taking the chance. Plus, protected sex is also a way of avoiding STDs.
Period, or no period, always practice safe sex in order to steer clear
of infections and STDs.
all know smoking is dangerous for our health but women who smoke during
their period are more likely to experience severe pain. So, it’s better
to kick the butt.
8. Going to bed without a pad
might think sleeping without a pad can be comforting but it is a bad
idea! If you’re worried about the rashes and discomfort it might cause,
you can switch to another brand or start wearing a menstrual cup but
don’t go to bed without wearing a sanitary product to handle the flow.
9. Going for a breast exam
you’re menstruating, your hormone level fluctuations can make it
difficult to detect abnormalities in your breasts. Hence, it is best to
avoid a breast exam in the middle of your periods.
10. Skipping meals and eating junk food
Skipping meals during your periods isn’t a good idea because it can severely affect your energy levels, making you feel lethargic and irritable. This, however, doesn’t mean you replace actual meals with junk food. Junk food contains high amounts of salt and sugar, contributing to issues like bloating and discomfort.
Ladies, these small steps can ensure you don’t end up adding to your discomfort during your periods!