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10 Important Things Every Girl Should Know About Her Periods

Hey, ladies! Here comes that time of the month when everything goes crazy. From a headache to mood swings to cramps and cravings, these symptoms are pretty common while ladies are on their periods. There is always a certainty that you may hop for an ice cream or rather take a pill to get rid of that period pain. But wait! Before pursuing anything for those momentary cravings, you need to check out what you're gonna eat or do while pains accompany you. Because that may be soothing for now but might affect your health in long-term. Don't worry, just keep calm and read on some expert pieces of advice that will tell you what you should be doing, checking and being careful about certain things while on your periods. Maybe some are known to you; some are unknown whatever that be I'm trying to give you a safety suite to keep those diseases away and spend your periods with joy.Have a look!

Know the difference.

According to Dr. Stephanie Supan, M.D. Obstetrician, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Quezon City, there are two types of menstrual cramps. Primary dysmenorrhea is when no diseases accompany pain, whereas secondary dysmenorrhea is caused by abnormalities—ovarian cysts or infections, among others - in the reproductive system.

Pay attention when the pain progresses.

Prostaglandins, the cause of primary dysmenorrhea, are natural chemicals that are made in the lining of the uterus. Prostaglandin levels increase on the first day of the period and eventually decrease as the uterine lining is shed. Make it a point to observe pain levels before, during, and after menstruation.

Eat clean to ease period pain.

Dr. Supan suggests steering clear of salt, caffeine, alcohol, spicy food, and sugar. These can cause bloating, anxiety, mood swings, and weight gain, and can destabilize the blood sugar, so skip processed and junk food. Load up on fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains instead. You can also drink a cup of hot tea with ginger and turmeric. These spices help ease the distress as they’re loaded with anti-inflammatory properties.

Exercise.

Listen up, ladies: Exercising is essential during and before menses because it increases and improves blood circulation. Plus exercise lessens the agony of cramps, so hop on the treadmill.

Lessen the pain with heat.

Apply a hot compress (heat pads, heat wraps, and warm water bottles) to painful areas usually the lower abdominal area or, the lower back or taking warm baths advises Dr. Supan. The warmth will soothe muscles and reduce discomfort from menstrual cramps.

Talk to the doctor for pain pills.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are common pain medications. Follow the doctor’s dosage instructions to avoid serious side effects and overdose. If period pains still progress, see the doctor immediately.

Give your V some relief.

Lady parts need love, especially when it’s that time of the month. It’s important to change pads or tampons every four to five hours to prevent bacterial growth. Use a mild soap or cleanser to wash the external area.

Unlearn menstrual myths.

Does 'you can’t take a bath during your period,' 'you can’t go swimming during your period,' or 'menstrual blood is the dirty blood' sound familiar? Don’t fall for these myths as they aren’t backed up by scientific evidence.

Know the reasons that affect your periods.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a very common condition that causes menstrual irregularities. It may be the cause for sporadic menses - every two months or at longer intervals or continuous bleeding. Endometriosis is also another condition that can cause pain during your period. Please visit your nearest doctor if you encounter such conditions.

Keep track of your menstrual cycle.

Monitoring your monthly flow is just as important as tracking workouts, sleeping habits, and calorie intake. It’s good practice for women to have a record to do detect if there are abnormalities in their cycles. This way, you can talk to your OB-GYN if you notice irregularities in your period. Menstrual bleeding typically lasts less than seven days.Were you aware of these period things before? I think you weren't. Please comment in the section below with what else do you know that I missed here in the list.That's all folks!Like and share the story.You may also reach out to me at richac@wittyfeed.com