Periods. What a fun topic. While what they represent (the fact that our bodies can make babies) is pretty cool, they are quite literally a woman’s curse. That’s why I put together these must-haves to help while on your period because we could use all the help we can get.
I am convinced that periods are totally a part of the curse in the Garden of Eden (“…in pain you shall bring forth children.”— And periods are absolutely part of that process!). So if you can’t tell from all of that…I’m not a fan. Inevitably every month I end up crying about something, and if there is nothing to cry about then I will cry about nothing!
I have, however, discovered some things that do help while on your period to make this time more bearable. So do yourself a favor and check some of these out to make your life a little easier during your period.
1. Daytime protection
Ok, so this is an obvious one. You need some kind of bleeding protection. There are a variety of options out there, including pads, tampons, the diva cup (or an equivalent product), and even period underwear.
For me, daytime protection means pads. I’m not a tampon fan, but I have discovered a semi-new product that totally changed things for me—flex foam pads!
If you are a pad fan like me then you definitely need to check this kind out. I’ve been using them for the past few years, and they are so far superior to other kinds of pads. They absorb way more, and most of it goes underneath the surface and doesn’t even touch your skin.
2. Nighttime protection
This is very similar to number one, but your nighttime needs can definitely differ from the daytime. You are not supposed to wear tampons at night, so if they are normally your go-to during the day you may need to work on finding a good nighttime option.
They definitely make longer sized pads for this purpose, although I know that for some people long pads just don’t cut it. At night you can move in funny ways, meaning you can leak in places you never would during the day. If this describes you then one option, as weird as it may sound, is disposable underwear.
If you don’t have a problem with leaking then you may not need quite that much protection, but if night leaking is something you deal with then don’t feel ashamed buying something like that! They do, after all, offer all-over protection in a way that a pad that just goes on top of your underwear can’t.
3. Heating pad
If you get cramps then a heating pad is so helpful. I don’t always get cramps every single month, but most of the time I do. Sometimes I even wake up in the middle of the night cramping, so I keep a heating pad in the drawer under my bed so that I can quickly plug it in and put it on my stomach.
This is another cramping item you should definitely keep on hand. When you’ve got a bunch of cramping pain, a couple of ibuprofen pills can do wonders. I even keep some in my purse just in case of cramps or headaches while on the go.
5. Baby wipes
Things can get messy during your period, so keeping some baby wipes on hand can be super handy. Enough said.
6. Electric bikini trimmer
Along the lines of baby wipes, having an electric razor can help make things less messy if used before your period arrives. This one has worked pretty well for me.
During your period it’s likely you experience more cravings than you normally do. I know cravings can definitely vary from person to person, but chocolate is a pretty universal period-helper. If you are trying to limit junk food and sugar then you can even buy some high content dark chocolate and still satisfy that craving.
If you need a good brand recommendation, one of my all-time favorites has got to be Icelandic Chocolate. I buy 70% and 56% dark (I tend to prefer the 56%), and they are both very good. You can find this brand on Amazon, but if you have a Whole Foods nearby it’s cheaper there. Divine Chocolate is also amazing.
If you have someone around (like perhaps a husband or boyfriend) who is willing to give you a massage then this can be a great relaxer. It doesn’t even need to be in the area you are having cramping. A simple foot, shoulder, or head rub can do wonders for helping you feel less agitated.
Sleep, of course, is something that you need a good amount of all of the time, but during your period is definitely not the time to skimp on it. Do your best to get a good night’s rest and maybe even get some extra sleep because with all of the added uncomfortableness you will only make yourself feel worse if you are also sleep deprived.
If you think that periods are awful then you’re definitely not alone. I totally feel you! But you can find things to help while on your period them a lot less terrible is you invest in some of these products to help deal with period protection, pain, clean up, and self-care.
Looking for some ways to make your days in general happier? Check out my post 6 Ways To Make Your Day Happier, and also let me know in the comments what things you can’t do without during your period.
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