Periods suck. Period pain sucks more. I don’t know anyone who has periods who wouldn’t agree with this. Period pain can be totally debilitating – some people’s pain can be so severe that it leads to them taking time off work/school. There have definitely been a few times that I’ve had to call into work sick because I physically couldn’t get out of bed.
Periods are still a bit of a taboo topic, which is mad considering:
1) Half the human population experience them once a month
2) It’s perfectly natural
3) It’s 2018 people – it’s nothing to be ashamed of!
I’m certainly not a medical expert but I wanted to share some of my best tips for combating period pain and I hope that they help some of you to feel a bit more comfortable during your period.
Eat Some Chocolate
I’m by no means an advocate for an unhealthy lifestyle but a little bit once in a while won’t hurt! I’m pretty sure that chocolate doesn’t relieve period pain but it does release endorphins or “happy hormones” – which is exactly what I need around that time of the month!
Apply Heat and Pressure
The hot water bottle is your best friend. Applying heat to your stomach, back or wherever is causing you pain will create almost instant relief. My own personal technique is to use two hot water bottles, one for my back and one for my stomach. Once I’ve got them both in position, I put my dressing gown on and use the cord of the dressing gown to hold them in place.
Super simple yet super effective!
If you don’t have a hot water bottle to hand, taking a hot shower or bath is just as good.
Drink Hot Drinks
Anyone who reads my blog on a regular basis will be sick of me talking about peppermint tea because I recommend it for everything. But I recommend it for a reason – it works!
The menthol found in peppermint tea acts as a muscle relaxant which will help to relieve any tension in your body. It doesn’t get rid of stomach cramps completely, but it definitely helps to ease them off. The menthol found in peppermint tea has also been proven to help you have a more peaceful nights sleep.
If herbals aren’t your thing – try hot chocolate or just regular tea!
For me, the best and fastest working painkiller is Feminax. It is a bit more on the expensive side than regular paracetamol or ibuprofen but it really does the job. I find it’s 100% worth a few extra pounds.
This goes without saying, but all medication should be taken responsibly and NEVER go over the recommended dose.
If you are still concerned and feel that your pain might be something more serious, get an appointment with your GP as soon as possible. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
When the pain is really severe, it’s hard to concentrate on anything but the little monkeys swinging in your ovaries. Set some time aside and do something you enjoy to take your mind off it. I love adult colouring books in situations like this, because it completely distracts my mind from the pain. Another good distraction is good ol’ Netflix.
I also find that exercise/going for a walk really helps. My energy is usually very low on the first day but it’s worth powering through. Like with the chocolate, exercise causes your body to release endorphins.
Wear Loose Clothing
When I have my period – I can think of nothing worse than sitting around in tight jeans. I like to wear stretchy clothes like leggings with a baggy t-shirt and/or a hoody. It’s all about being comfortable. I tend to get straight into my pyjamas after work if I can!
If you have any other tips that work for you – that I haven’t mentioned in this post – I would love to hear them. Leave me a comment in the box below OR send me a message via social media. All my links are in the sidebar!