1. Healthy diet
- Include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Fiber is particularly useful in cleansing the body of excess estrogen (which can lead to heavier and more painful periods and cramps).
- Avoid eating greasy foods, dairy, carbonated drinks, alcohol and caffeine as that can promote period pain.
- Drink more herbal teas like chamomile, true cramp bark or raspberry leaf tea.
- Ginger may help lower your levels of pain-causing prostaglandins (as well as fight the fatigue commonly associated with premenstrual syndrome).
- Drink plenty of water.
- Eat products like almonds, leafy greens, sesame seeds, cinnamon or some other that is source of calcium which help to reduce the pains of menstruation.
It’s safe to exercise on your period. In fact, it will help you to reduce cramps and belly bloating. Plus, we all know that exercise releases endorphins that cause happiness, so you’ll probably feel a bit cheerier after your workout as well! If you don't feel like exercising at all you just can go for a walk, cycle, swim or do some stretching.
3. Use Menstrual Cup
A menstrual cup can safely be used overnight and is great for all sports, swimming and travelling. It can be cleaned in the same way as baby equipment: with sterilising fluid, or by boiling for five minutes in an open pan of water.
- cup is so comfortable that you will forget it exists
- rinse or wipe and reinsert your menstrual cup every four to eight hours depending on your flow
- a menstrual cup is not a disposable product, so you only need to buy one
- you can still use your menstrual cup in public toilets
4. Tips and tricks
- Try placing a hot water bottle or heating pad on your abdomen. This helps ease your muscles.
- Try to wear clothing that doesn't pressure your abdomen, such as all-in-ones. They are comfortable, warm, and help reduce period cramps caused by tight clothing.