Starting your period is a huge milestone for girls, but it comes with many questions and uncertainty. Especially because many girls feel embarrassed to ask their friends and family questions about being on their period. Have no fear! Here are 5 tips to keep in mind as you go through your period every month.
Tip # 1: Track Your Menstrual Cycle
It may seem silly and tedious to know the dates of when you're on your period. But in reality, it's a really helpful habit to practice. Write in your planner or diary so you can refer to them in the future. When you get a doctor's checkup, you will be able to tell your doctor if there are any irregularities in your menstrual cycle. Not to mention, you'll be able to track for yourself if you have a healthy menstrual cycle. And we can't forget to mention the most important part! Knowing when you will get your period will help you plan ahead to buy the necessary pads and tampons before you start your period. The worst scenario is when you realize you don't have any pads/tampons in your home the day of your period. Overall, tracking your menstrual cycle is a helpful tool that can only benefit you.
Tip #2 Choosing The Right Period Products
It is important to choose the option that works best for you and that you feel comfortable using daily. Dealing with menstrual flow can be complicated, but the variety of products that are available for every unique person makes the task a little less challenging. There are different products you can choose depending on your level of activity, choice of clothing, or even the day of your period. Pads and tampons are the most well-known and widely used period products, however, not only they are not the only options, even they have many subtypes. For instance, there are pads with or without wings that you can choose from depending on which you feel more comfortable using. Additionally, menstrual cups, menstrual discs, and period-proof underwear are some of the other options to explore to find the perfect product for your period. Exploring all of these options can help you achieve your optimal comfort during what are usually considered uncomfortable days.
Tip #3: Dealing with Pain
It is common for girls and women to experience pain with their periods, often in the form of abdominal cramps. Over the counter medicine, for example Ibuprofen and Naproxen, can prevent cramps or reduce pain after the onset of cramps. Make sure to read the instructions on the label. Another helpful trick is to use a heating pad on your stomach to improve blood flow and ease the pain. Any form of heat can help improve cramps. Exercise is another great way to increase blood flow and reduce cramping! Lastly, laying down with a pillow under your knees can help relieve back pain.
Tip #4: The Healthy Diet
It is suggested to fuel up with food that is rich in anti-oxidants, iron, and fiber. You also want to focus on getting key nutritional components, such as vitamin D and omega-3. Salmon, seeds and nuts, are recommended to naturally decrease inflammation.
- Source of iron: you should start to build up your iron intake a week before the period in order to increase blood flow. Food rich in iron is lean meat, green, leafy vegetables, and especially beans
- Source of anti-oxidants: blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and cherries are great anti-oxidants. They are important since they help fight off free radicals.
- Source of fiber: Most vegetables offer a great amount of fiber and micronutrients. Fiber also can be found in whole grains, fruits, and beans. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and bok choy have high fiber content, and also are packed with anti-oxidants.
Tip # 5: Keep Extra Pads/Tampons On Hand
The worst nightmare for any girl on their period, especially on the first day of their period is not having a pad/tampon on hand. Always keep a few in your backpack, purse, and/or car when you're going out. And always have extra pads/tampons in your home. You never know when you or your friend will be in need of one. It may slip your mind to pack an extra pad/tampon, but practicing the habit of reminding yourself to always pack an extra is very important.