Ugh, periods. It’s such a bittersweet time every single month. One part of me is jumping for joy but the other 99.9% of me is just really freaking inconvenienced. Growing up I was desperate to get my wings. All of my friends had it in year 7 or early year 8, some even in primary school, but there I was a 14 year old girl literally freaking out that it would never ever happen. I wanted to feel like everyone else but nope, nothing happened until literally New Years Eve of 2008. Yep, I came into the new year as a woman. TMI? Probably, but I don’t really care.
I mean seriously, I wasn’t even a late bloomer and when my friends would complain of these terrible cramps I would sit there nodding along when in reality I never experienced cramps up until my twenties. I just thought that I wasn’t normal in that regard. Obviously I was never given ‘The Talk’ by my parents haha – Thanks guys. I really didn’t know how lucky I had it, but do we ever?
These days, cramps are my worst enemy. So I figured I would share with you all my period essentials to help stick it out through the bloody battlefield with as little pain and moody mood swings as possible.
// Sleep it off //
I don’t know about you girls but my biggest ‘side affect’ is nausea. For about three or four days before my period I start feeling really sick and then it will continue for the first few days of my period; and when you’re nauseous and feeling like you’re going to boff at any second walking around & rushing about is the last thing I want to be doing. So, a cosy bed with GOOD pillows and a serious binge of Real Housewives are total necessities. Get all Kim K with it and just lay there like a little snug slug. Like this point suggest though, make sure to get some good sleep in there because your body uses sleep as a recovery method and even though you’re not really recovering from anything it will definitely help your body cope with any pain and any sluggishness that you’re feeling.
// Pain Killers //
I have to be totally honest with you guys here but I for one absolutely detest taking any form of medication unless it’s absolutely necessary. It’s not that I’m skeptical of modern medicine or anything like that but I would honestly prefer a natural method to help alleviate pain of something super minimal. If i have a headache I’ll load up on water and change my surroundings first before I take a tablet etc because I don’t want my body getting used to these medications. However, sometimes it can be too much to bare and you just need to take one or two tablets of Panadol to dull it all a little.
// Comfort Food //
I mean, is an explanation necessary? My boyfriend learnt this the hard way. When I’m bleeding out of my effing vagina and acting like a raging bitch I definitely need a bowl of pasta and a block of chocolate. Pronto.
// Sanitary Products //
Pads, tampons, Diva Cups (?) – You name it, you need it. Unless you free bleed in which case this step is probs not an essential for you. Since I have had the implanon my period has become totally irregular. Sometimes I don’t get it at all and sometimes I will get it a week later. Hell, sometimes my period last two whole weeks. It can suck but irregular periods are totally normal, especially with this form of contraception. So a packet of tampons are kept in literally every hand bag I own and a stash of pads are kept in my knickers drawer. Essentials for obvious reasons right.
Also, what are your thoughts on Diva Cups?! I love the idea but then I think about emptying it and I get a little grossed out… Let me know your thoughts, I’m intrigued!
// Water //
Drink up babes, even though we’re already bloated and water retention is the last thing that we want it is exactly what our body needs. I try to have a minimum of 2 litres of water every single day but when i’m on my lady time I like to drink as much water as possible. Plus, believe it or not drinking water helps relieve cramps and can actually debloat you!
What are you period essentials?
Until next time,
Love, Angela xx.