The majority of women all over the world, across social classes and backgrounds, experience their periods in similar ways. Periods are defined as the time of the menstrual cycle when women lose blood from their vagina. This is often accompanied by cramps, cravings and hormonal mood shifts. Have a look at the guide below and find some helpful ways to avoid the discomfort as much as possible.

Heat Pads

Applying heat on your stomach, back or at kidney level can create almost instant cramp relief while you are on your period. You can apply heat in many different ways from using a hot water bottle, heat gels and Cura Heat Period Pain, an adhesive heat pack that is breathable and lets you move around without losing it.

Medicine

Other than medicines to free you from periods altogether, you can also find many types of pain relief pills that will help you during this stressful time of the month. Cuprofen Max Strength is an excellent choice when dealing with period cramps.

Cystitis Relief Advice

While there is no direct correlation between periods and UTIs, many women experience cystitis and other urinary tract infections following their period. If this is happening to you, don’t worry, you are not alone. There are many reasons why this might happen, some of them include hormonal imbalance, poor hygiene (such as wiping back to front) and sexual intercourse.

Another factor leading to UTIs could be nutrition. While on their periods, many women experience cravings, especially when it comes to sugary foods and drinks. High levels of sugar, carbs and caffeinated drinks can lead to an uncomfortable infection. When it is too late to prevent it, don't worry, have a look at our cystitis relief treatments

Nutrition

This might be the hardest tip to follow as cravings are very common during periods. However increasing the intake of iron, B12, fresh fruits and vegetables has a very positive impact on many women during that time of the month. It is best to avoid refined sugars and greasy foods and increase the intake of hot teas (especially red fruits, green, ginger and chamomile).  

Exercise

Mild exercise such as Yoga, Pilates, walking and swimming as well as aerobic activities such as running and jumping can really help with period cramps and mood swings. Exercise is a natural pain relief and will make you feel great for the whole day.

While many women chose to take pills to avoid their periods, the majority has to deal with the discomforts of them. Now you have five tips to make sure this month goes more smoothly than the one before!


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