Getting Through Your Period
You’re probably anticipating that time of month, and know that it might be filled with uncomfortable cramping and bleeding. Did you know that there are alternatives to the normal pads and tampons, and many natural home remedies that can help you?
Alternatives to Pads and Tampons
- Menstrual Cup – A menstrual cup is a small, silicon cup that is inserted into your vagina, which catches and collects your blood flow. Unlike tampons which require constant monitoring and changing, a menstrual cup can be inserted for hours at a time, depending on how heavy your flow is. When an individual is ready to take it out and empty the collected blood, simply clean and reinsert it. A menstrual cup can be reused monthly and for many years if cared for properly. Examples of menstrual cups are the Diva Cup, Ruby Cup and Lena.
- Cloth Pads – Cloth pads are eco-friendly, reusable for many years and machine washable. They are absorbent like a regular pad, but made of cotton, which is soft and breathable making comfortable for women. Examples of cloth pads are GladRags and Heart Felt.
- Menstrual Sea Sponges – Menstrual sea sponges are non-toxic, eco-friendly and naturally absorbent. They discourage bacteria, odors and in fact contain beneficial sea minerals. Menstrual sea sponges can even be worn during sex! They can last up to 6 months if properly taken care of. Examples of menstrual sea sponges are Jade & Pearl, Poseidon Sponge and Natural Intimacy.
- Period Panties – Period panties are just that! Panties that are leak resistant, absorbent and collect your monthly flow (depending on how heavy your period is). They can hold up to two regular tampons worth of blood. They are easily machine washable and reusable. There are many styles available including bikini, briefs and thongs. Examples of period panties are Thinx and Dear Kates.
Everyone is different so it is important to note that all experiences will be as well. If this seems like an extreme of a change, consider organic pads and tampons. Look for the ingredients on the box and know what you are exposing your body to.
Natural Home Remedies
- Heating pad – The soothing warmth of the heating pad helps ease the pain of cramps as it relaxes the contracting muscles. Researchers say that a heating pad can relax the myometrium, reducing constriction of blood vessels and improving blood flow to the uterus.
- Essential Oils – Peppermint, spearmint, eucalyptus, lavender and rosemary can help period symptoms, hormonal imbalances and headaches. These calming oils allow for pain relief and ease of tension.
- Exercise – Being active helps blood flow to the pelvic area, which is beneficial for pain relief.
- Hydrate – It is important to drink a lot of water as it helps eliminate the bloated feeling. Drinking the proper amount of water on your period will allow for better digestion and will help prevent water retention caused by your monthly hormonal changes.
- Eat Food with Calcium – Foods rich with calcium will naturally fight muscle spasms, which helps avoid cramps. Examples of foods are yogurt, milk, broccoli, leafy greens like spinach and kale, and oranges.