There is nothing in here that is not suitable for men. But it just pertains to women problems.
So, I am speaking to the women today. Every 28 days or so we have this certain time of the month that makes us wish we were men. It can be uncomfortable, painful, disgusting, and sometimes embarrassing and all women have gone through it. But it is also something that God created, yes…God designed our bodies to do what they do every month. So, we can hate it or embrace that it is part of what makes us women. I’m going to share some things that I have learned to make it a little more bearable each month.
Every women is different and our bodies all react a little different to Aunt Flo. I was very young when I received my first visit, 10 to be precise. I know that that is very young and yes it was miserable. I also had the misfortune of having extremely painful periods. I mean the kind of pain where you can’t stand and you throw up because it is so overwhelming (yes, this happened to me quite often).
After about a year, I decided I needed to talk to my doctor. I expressed the pain that I was going through month to month and all she did was prescribe me an 800mg dose of Ibuprofen (four times the normal dose). The next month I tried taking the medicine, it didn’t do anything. It didn’t even take off the edge. I decided not to take it again because I’m sure that it wasn’t that good for my liver. Ok, so I don’t want to say this of all doctors, but often doctors just want to give you a temporary fix instead of helping the underlining problem. Although there are doctors with a more holistic approach who tend to give more advice on how to change things in your diet instead of just using drugs.
I decided to take matters into my own hands and search the internet. These are some of the things I discovered that would make a huge difference in my life every month. Some of these may seem like common sense, but you don’t always think of them especially when you feel horrible.
10 Things to help Relieve Pain during Your Period
*Disclaimer* I am not a doctor, these are just things I have found that helped me personally.
- Drink plenty of water before and during your period. Your body is losing fluid and it needs to be replaced. It will also keep the flow from becoming too dry which causes more cramping.
- Get plenty of sleep right before and during your period. Your body needs extra sleep from all the muscle activity. I noticed that my period is worse when I don’t get enough sleep.
- Exercise. I really don’t like exercising, but I always feel better after I do. Just be careful that you don’t pull any muscles in your stomach because this can cause more painful cramping. Yoga and stretching exercises are the best right before and during your period.
- Make sure you are getting enough calcium and potassium. They both help with cramping muscles. Drink milk or orange juice or eat cheese to get extra calcium. And bananas are a great source of potassium.
- Magnesium is something I recently learned from my gynecologist. Make sure to get the recommended dose daily during the month. This is something that has really helped me. Raisin Bran Cereal has 30% of your daily value. I eat it every morning and it has made a big difference.
- No Caffeine. It is best to avoid caffeinated drinks before or during your period. Some people say that a small amount of caffeine helps them, but this was not the case for me. Also, some over the counter medicines such as Midal have caffeine in them, so if caffeine affects you negatively during your period like me, take a different medication such as aspirin.
- Heating pad. Sometimes you are just going to need something to ease the pain. An electric heating pad or a bag filled with rice and warmed in the microwave works well.
- Bubble baths. Who doesn’t want an excuse to sink into a tub filled with warm water and soothing scented bubbles. This really helps to relax your muscles.
- I tend to like to do things more naturally, but sometimes you need something a little stronger. I like Pamprin, it is a form of aspirin and it also has extra ingredients in it that help with bloating and other symptoms. I will warn you though it does cause some drowsiness.
- My final tip is for dealing with emotional problems. The best thing I have found for this is to pray and to be in the Word a lot. Try not to direct your emotions toward those around you, and if you do be willing to apologize. Listening to calming music can also help.
I hope that some of these tips help you like they helped me. Leave a comment with things that you have found that helped you during that time of the month.