I’m not the type of girl to cringe when the subject of menstruation comes up in a conversation. It’s a part of womanhood that I embrace [while kicking and screaming]. While I may not dish all of the [sometimes horrible] details of Aunt Flo’s visit, I’m always a listener. Genetics and life itself have dealt me a bad hand in the time of the month department, so I am always open to finding new ways to cope. When I do, I am eager to share. I never want a sister-friend to be in the dark. Here are a few products, services and tips I’ve found:
1. Diet & Exercise
If you’re like me, the first couple of days are horrid. Working out doesn’t seem to be ideal. You’re cramping and aching. You’re feeling like your life may end. You’re happy you have a few paid sick days in the bank. However, you need to keep moving as much as possible! Give yourself a day off when you have your worst cramping and try these workouts on the other days. Try walking around the block a few times, if weather permits. Also, limit junk foods and caffeine during this time. If you do have a craving for something sweet, try dried fruit. Dried pineapple and papaya are my favorites!
2. Le Parcel
This awesome service delivers your favorite lady products to your door each month. You schedule when you need the products and they’ll ship it automatically. What’s better is that each package also comes with a couple pieces of chocolate and a gift for you. I’ve received a bracelet, earrings, a headband and a tote bag in the past. I’m no longer using the service because they don’t carry my new product of choice, but I loved my subscription. For just a little over $10 a month, you have one less errand.
3. Soft Cup
A new wave of lady products has joined the lineup: the menstrual cup. While I am not sure I’ll ever use a Diva Cup or anything similar, I love the disposable option that is the Soft Cup. I stumbled upon these while on a beach family vacation. The beach is not the best place to deal with Aunt Flo–and I’m not just talking about sitting in the sand with a book while everyone else swims. That’s actually quite enjoyable for me. However, finding a good, clean bathroom may be difficult on the beach. With Soft Cups, you don’t even have to worry about it for 12 hours. See how they work here. Let me just warn you, this product isn’t for the faint of heart. If you’re still up to trying them, find them in your local Walmart, CVS or Rite Aid. If you’re on the fence, order a Soft Cup sample pack.
4. Impromptu Heating Pad/Ball
If you’re like me, you never know where anything is when you need it. I always lose my heating pads. When I first got married, I had a bad case of cramps and couldn’t think of anything to use in its place. My husband, who deals with the effects of a very bad ankle injury, made me one of these! All you need is a big, clean sock, rice, and a microwave. Take about two cups of rice and microwave for 60 seconds. Dump the rice into the sock with a funnel or with the help of a toilet paper roll. Secure the open end on the sock with a hair tie and you have a quick heating ball.
If you have any additional tips, feel free to share them in the comment section below!