Wednesday,24 April, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1389, (12 - 18 April 2018)
Wednesday,24 April, 2019
Issue 1389, (12 - 18 April 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Time of the month

Time of the month
Time of the month

Though having a period is a natural part of women’s lives, it can be frustrating and stressful at times and painful or uncomfortable at others. However, it can be much easier to deal with if you’re physically and mentally prepared.

Despite the numerous studies about things that women should or shouldn’t do during their period, we’re still learning new facts about our bodies and its mysteries. Recent studies have revealed that it’s quite normal for us to be in the mood for love, for example. This is because the hormone that lowers the libido, progesterone, is at an all-time low. We also have a harder time concentrating while on our period.

These are some things you should and should not do:

Never skip the gym: Though the cramping can be awful and all you want to do is stay curled up in bed watching television and pigging out on snacks, according to the US Women’s Health Magazine you should be hitting the gym instead. Exercise will help relieve cramping and other bodily aches.

Avoid depressing movies: During the time of your emotional upheaval before and through your cycle, you should avoid watching depressing movies. Stick to happy, cheerful movies, books or work on a project you have been putting off for some time.

Never get a wax: Getting a wax while menstruating is out of the question. According to the US website, women may experience more pain when we have our period because estrogen levels are low. Plan your wax session for the week after your period when estrogen production is back in play.

Remember you have your period: We act differently and feel differently when we have our period. And acting like you don’t can make you more miserable and more out of sync with your body’s natural rhythms than if you just succumb to spending the day in bed.

Don’t wear white trousers: Put all of your white pants away until after your monthly visit, so you can wear them with confidence later on.

Don’t eat and drink dairy items: Though calcium is great for helping with menstrual pains, milk products do the opposite. Milk, cheese and yoghurt should be eaten sparingly or not at all while you have your period because they can cause cramps.

Avoid wearing the same protection: Change pads every three to four hours. Wearing the same pad or tampon all day can cause problems, especially if you sweat during the day. Keep an extra supply in your purse so you can take the time to change while at work.

Stay off salty snacks: Eating salty foods can make us bloat, so snack on the healthy stuff like fruit and vegetables to supply the body with much-needed minerals and vitamins.

Never assume calories don’t count: Calories count the same no matter what time of the month it is. You may want to pamper yourself by eating a bit of chocolate during that time of the month, but instead of tackling a whole bar, think about having a piece at a time. You can still spoil yourself with good-tasting food, but make sure it is healthy.

Don’t be mean: If you’re feeling crabby, one of the best things you can do is to tell your family or your partner that you need a bit of space. Take a walk or go to your room and read a book. Find an excuse to spend quality time thinking about your lifestyle and how you can make things better, not worse.

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