Farrah is a healthcare specialist who specializes in natural ways to improve health .
Female Period Advice: 7 Things You Should Avoid During Your Period
As a woman, there are certain things you should avoid during your period, especially if you experience severe pain or discomfort during this time.
Every healthy woman yet to get to menopause gets a period each month. Your period or menstruation is that time of the month where the unfertilized egg as well as your uterine lining get expelled from your uterus.
For a lot of women, periods come with great discomfort ranging from mild cramps to severe stomach pains that could leave you slightly incapacitated for a few days.
However, no matter the severity of symptoms or a lack of one, one thing that's certain is that every woman always finds a way to manage hers.
If you are a woman that experiences such severe discomfort, you can greatly reduce the amount of pain you go through by making some mild to moderate adjustments in your lifestyle.
Period Advice: Here are seven of such activities or things you should avoid during your period:
1.Never Skip Meals
This is one period advice health practitioners the world over strongly recommend.
Eating three square meals is necessary for getting your daily caloric needs. It is also strongly recommended and should also be taken a bit more seriously during your period as you lose quite a lot of blood during this time making your energy levels plummet. Skipping meals at this time, especially breakfast worsens an already bad situation and you may find yourself more weakened and lacking in essential nutrients.
It’s important you eat a healthy meal during this time and also drink lots of water so your energy levels stay high.
If you find you are unable to eat large meals at a time, you might want to break your meals into smaller portions and eat around the clock, that way, your energy levels are kept high and your body also doesn’t get starved of some much-needed nutrients.
2.Don’t Have Unprotected Sex
While having sex during your period is healthy, even recommended as it relieves menstrual cramps, having unprotected sex could be dangerous as it leaves you exposed to Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).
As a woman, your cervix is more open during your period, and since the penis is home to several hundreds of bacteria, leaves you to an infection.
The female period is a time to exercise a little more care.
3.Limit Physical Activities as Much as Possible
As earlier pointed out, you already are low on energy while on your period, so you shouldn't engage in any strenuous exercises as this will further deplete your energy reserve.
If you must, ensure you are replenishing your energy by eating energy-boosting foods and drinks so you don’t run out of. You should ensure you eat regularly, even if it's smaller meals to keep your energy levels high.
Besides depleting your energy, another reason to go easy on physical activities is the fact that you are also more likely to come down with a back or waist pain at this time when you overexert yourself.
While research has shown some mild to moderate exercise does offer some benefits this time, going overboard will have an adverse effect.
4.Try to Get Enough Rest
Your system sees a hormone spike while on your period. It is therefore important you get enough rest to give it ample time to normalize.
You should endeavor to get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep and any rest you might be able to get.
Getting just a few hours of sleep increases the stress hormone cortisol, causing a hormone imbalance which heightens the severity of your symptoms.
5.Avoid Soda Water
Although medically unproven, it is thought taking soda water while on your period disrupts your period flow and causes some period blood to remain in your uterine walls.
What to Take Instead
The following, however, are recommended activities during this time:
- Take lots of water as this will also prevent you from feeling bloated. The recommended amount is 7-8 glasses, more if you can keep it down.
- Take warm water or any hot liquid as often as you can to prevent clotted blood, as this will get the menstrual blood flowing freely.
- Increase your calcium and iron intake to replace the ones you’re losing. You might want to hold off taking iron supplements, however, until a day or so after y, our period ends as a few women report having an increase in their menstrual flow when taken during the period.
- You can also increase your Vitamins A, C, and E intake to boost your absorption of iron.
- Take lots of magnesium and food rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Take probiotic supplements as these are healthy bacteria needed by the body.
Waxing on any other day is painful, but doing it on your period is doubles so and that's because your pain receptors are a lot more heightened and your skin more sensitive at this time.
7. Wearing a Pad for More Than Four Hours
Wearing a pad or tampon for long might not worsen the pain or discomfort you feel during your period, but it can bring some other unwanted results like causing an unpleasant odor and causing a bacteria buildup which can lead to an infection.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Farrah Young
Farrah Young (author) from Lagos, Nigeria on December 20, 2020:
Hmm, the great hot flash. I hope you are able to manage yours well? Stay safe.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 17, 2020:
Lots of info I had never heard of like waxing or drinking soda.
Thankfully those days are past me now...
Still the occasional hot flashes from time to time. I guess that last for life, but I am so glad that part of life for me is long gone.