Let’s be honest ladies; that time of the month is rarely something we welcome with open arms. While there are some women out there who embrace mother nature, most of us groan, grumble, and slip into hormonal depression. While the severity of period pain and PMT varies, they’re never pleasant.
Hence, the majority of us have fallbacks for getting through the struggle. We plan, prepare, and put measures in place to at least brighten those dark days. You know the stuff; stocking up on chocolate and getting out your favourite films. These are standards of womanhood, aren’t they?
In reality, though, the way women deal with their periods is changing. As more of us feel able to discuss our monthly visitor, it’s fast becoming clear that tried and tested coping mechanisms may not be as good for us as we think. In fact, a lot of the ways we deal with our periods do more hormonal harm than good. With that in mind, let’s look at three places you might not realise you’re going wrong.
Tampons are a staple of the monthly emergency kit. But, this is your first mistake. While studies are ongoing, it’s thought tampons do real damage to hormone production. It makes sense when you think about it. Chemicals in a tampon go straight into your bloodstream. Hence why so many women are turning to methods like the menstrual cup. Many users report decreased period pains and increased well being. If you’ve tried the cup and didn’t get along with it, you still shouldn’t give up hope. Companies like Danu are now taking up that mantel with alternative options such as reusable sanitary pads. So, there’s no excuse not to put tampons to the side and see how much better you feel.
Those chocolate cravings
It’s a cliche for a reason. Hormonal women love chocolate. In fact, there’s science behind this. Cramming the choccie is your body’s way of boosting serotonin. The trouble is, a quick fix has a heavy come down, and chocolate does little to help hormonal balance. Instead of reaching for fast-fix sugary treats, focus on foods which help to regulate hormones. Seeds are fantastic for this, and seed cycling is big news right now. Greens and fruit are also good news for hormones. And, that’s a far cry from the fatty foods you’ve been turning to until now.
Becoming a couch potato
Your monthly couch time also needs to go. We understand how it is;you feel rough, you’re constantly tired, and there’s a lead weight in your tummy. But, we’re about to tell you something you don’t want to hear. You need to get out and exercise! The last thing your hormones need is vegetation of the couch kind. Instead, you should get out and walk or jog at a gentle pace. It may not seem like it now, but the hormone boost you’ll get from exercise can reduce period pain and re-energise you. So, look sharp and get to it already!