For the past few years, the dreaded time of the month seems to be getting progressively worse. And the need to stop period pain has become more urgent.
I don’t like the idea of taking medication every single month so I have been trying to find ways to deal with my periods naturally.
So what have I found useful on my search to stop period pain? First things first… Evening Primrose Oil is an absolute Godsend! recommended to me by my mother (thanks mom).
I take it daily the week before my period and I also take it for the first couple of days too. Evening Primrose Oil is great for dealing with the symptoms of PMS. Evening Primrose Oil really helps me with both cramp and nausea.
Of course, I have to mention the trusted favourite the classic hot water bottle it’s absolutely essential when you’ve got bad cramp and that familiar dull ache in your back.
Hot water bottles aren’t the most practical thing to carry out and about so you could try heat patches. I use these when I am at work and out and about and nobody knows I am using one.
I don’t know about anybody else but every single month I get terrible nausea. One thing I have found helps with this is tea. I find Yogi Tea flavoured with Ginger, Orange, and Vanilla to really help. It’s quite nice to drink and doesn’t taste awful.
I also recommend ginger biscuits when you are on the go.
Now I don’t really like sanitary towels and I don’t really like tampons. I don’t really think they are good for you because of the chemicals used to bleach them. I try to make use of my Menstrual Cup, which is a little cup which you put inside your vagina. It’s reusable and lasts for years. It was a little bit fiddly at first but you get used to it. Now it’s an absolute godsend as you haven’t got to remember to carry sanitary towels or tampons around with you.
If you don’t fancy these as this can be messy there is a fantastic brand called totm: Time of the Month selling non bleached tampons and santiatry pads.
Apparently, exercises are really good way to deal with period pain (groans). Personally, I hate exercising when it’s that time of the month. I just want to curl up in bed! I tend not to do legs for the first few days of my periods and try to incorporate some light cardio or stretches to ease the pain.
When the pain becomes too much and nothing else seems to be working I will resort to taking a painkiller ( probably once a year). In terms of pain relief, I hear the best thing to take is (please consult a medical professional) Ibuprofen Lysine. I don’t really like taking painkillers at all and I avoid it so if you see me taking them just know that I’m in a hell of a lot of pain. I have trouble swallowing tablets so I have actually started taking the children’s oral suspension (liquid) ibuprofens and I just take two of them when I really need to.
What are your period hacks?