Let’s talk periods.
For those of you who aren’t interested in this topic or think this will be a bit of light reading, think again. You can’t talk about periods without really talking about periods.
1.Tracking Your Flow
I use an amazing app called Flo which let’s me track when I take my contraceptive pill and also when I have my period. You can input symptoms, your mood, when you’ve had sex and after a few months of use, the app can predict when your flow is on it’s way. It’s usually pretty accurate and I swear by this! For those of you who aren’t on any form of contraception or who are trying to have a baby, this app can also track ovulation etc.
2. Symptoms and Cycles
For at least eight years I was on the pill where you had no breaks. It was good for the first year or so until I started spotting all the time! Not what you want. I didn’t do anything about it (big mistake) and I started getting a heavy period one month with no pain and then the next month I would have the worst pains ever. I couldn’t walk, eat or even sleep. At times it would be so bad at work I just had to find a co-teacher and ask to lie down for five minutes until it passed. Since April this year, I have been on a pill where I have a monthly break and it was the best decision I ever made. I have no symptoms, no pain and my flow is very light. I feel happier in myself, I have a higher sex drive and I don’t ever really feel bloated. Honestly girls, if you are having trouble with a pill go to the doctor and talk to them about it. It’s not worth suffering for.
3. How To Deal With Symptoms
After dealing with horrible symptoms for years, I have a few top tips to help you get through those tough times. Heat patches, hot water bottles and heat cushions. These are a life saver! My cramps used to be so bad that I sometimes couldn’t even walk from the bedroom to the bathroom without feeling like I would pass out. Using heat really worked for me. Next up, breathing! I learnt how to deal with my pain by breathing through it and just being patient until it passed. Long, deep breaths really worked and also just remembering that it would eventually pass. Finally, let’s talk about stretching. I always thought that this was a myth but it is absolutely not. I did lots of stretching in the days running up to my period and also during heavy cramps which relieved a lot of period pain. There are so many YouTube videos with exercises you can do to help. It was pretty hard going to start with when you feel like s*** but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
4. Diva Cups
I had never even heard of a Diva Cup until a friend told me about it. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing when she was explaining how you used it but I thought I would give it a go. I’m not going to lie, it is pretty traumatic to begin with. The way you have to manoeuvre it to ensure it is really really in there is a bit of an art form. There were leakages, uncomfortable moments in public and bathroom malfunctions. Eventually, I got the hang of it and I have to say I think it is great. Because my periods now are so much lighter, I don’t need to use it but when I was having to change my sanitary product once every hour or two I thought I would try something different. Diva Cups are so much better for sustainability and they really do what they say on the tin. Yes, it takes a bit of getting used to and it isn’t very pleasant but if it something you have been umming and ahing about for a while then give it a go and see how you get on.
5. Diet Whilst On Your Period
Just pass the Double Cheeseburger, fries and diet coke please. I just want to eat utter rubbish when I am on my period and I will absolutely not feel guilty about it. Other than all of the crappy food, I found blueberries and pro-biotic yoghurt to help with cramps and also almonds and pumpkin seeds. The healthier choices are also a lot better for ‘Period Skin’. Boy, do I still get period skin. I always know when I am due to get my period because I get ‘Period Spots’. I can’t imagine that all of the rubbish foods I decide to eat during my period help but no one is perfect. Dermalogica products have really helped my skin generally with hormonal break outs – Pre-Cleanse and Special Cleansing Gel are two of my favourites from the brand.
I could probably go on and on and on but I won’t bore you any longer. It would be great to hear from you ladies about things you have done to help you with any symptoms during your period or if you have any top tips for the time of the month.
Lots of love, ❤️