Even though periods are having a major media moment — NPR even dubbed 2015 “the year of the period” — that doesn’t necessarily make your monthly menses any more fun. You’re invited to a five-day fiesta of cramps, bloating, breast tenderness, and unrelenting chocolate cravings (it’s not just you, it’s actually a scientific fact!), and your attendance is mandatory. Ugh.
While I can’t give you cure-all for those chocolate cravings, I can give you 3 simple tips that will make this your easiest period ever.
Since I’ve stopped using hormonal birth control pills, I never seem to know when my period is coming without the handy pill pack to remind me. Despite being almost 30, my period inevitably catches me by surprise. Shouldn’t I have a handle on this by now?! And there’s nothing worse than your period catching you off-guard when you’re out of tampons.
Sick of running to the drugstore with toilet paper stuffed into my underwear, I recently made one of the best decisions I’ve made in my adult life: get my tampons delivered. LOLA, a new feminine care brand, will deliver you all cotton tampons directly to your door at the frequency of your choosing. Plus, their handy pre-ship email is a helpful reminder that my period (like my tampons) is on its way. Don’t need any this month? Skipping is super easy. I haven’t been this excited about something in my mailbox since my last tax refund!
Cut the crap
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but caffeine, alcohol, excess salt, and fatty foods and can all make your period symptoms worse. Resisting your cravings can actually help to stave off cramps and bloating. If you can’t survive without your morning cup of joe (*raises hand*), make it a half-caf and try to hold off until mid-day if you’re experiencing any cramps.
Stock up on supplements
Period pro Alisa Vitti explains, “Estrogen builds the lining of your uterus. If you’re eating a diet that prevents your liver from breaking down this hormone, it can build up and wreak havoc on your cycle.” Supplements like milk thistle and vitamin C are shown to even out estrogen levels and help to avoid excess build up of uterine lining in the first place.
Additionally, studies show that taking iron supplements, can help prevent anemia caused by loss of blood during menstruation. Anemia is associated with fatigue, headache, and decreases in cognitive function and mood. Trust me, you won’t miss those symptoms when they’re gone.
While it’s unlikely to become your favorite time of month, these tricks can help you have the best period possible! Have other tips and tricks? We’re listening. Let me know in the comments!