When you’re on your period, there are a number of activities you definitely don’t feel like doing because of how your how your body feels. There are also a number of things you should never do in your period, not just because they don’t feel great, but because they could also harm your health.
According to Health.com estrogen levels drop dramatically during your period. Having such a low estrogen count makes all of your physical pain hurt much more due to your body becoming so sensitive.
Waxing can be extremely uncomfortable and painful. And if you are the type of person who is afraid of the dentist, you may want to avoid scheduling an appointment on that day too.
Avoid sad or romantic movies
Surely it is no surprise to learn that your emotions are so different while on your period. At times you may not even recognize your emotional self. The hormone levels are so out of balance that as your body tries to adapt, your mind does not know how to react.
Romantic movies are a recipe for disaster. Avoid watching these types of films, as they can heighten your sensitivity. Instead, use this time to catch up on the newest humour films.
Avoid using less protection at night time (assuming you’ll have a lighter flow)
It’s easy to assume, wrongly, that your night flow is low. When lying down, the lack of gravity creates this delusion, but if you’re not careful you can end up in an accident (and it will not be pleasant).Take extra precaution when you head to bed for the night, just in case.
DO be physically active
According to Women’s Health, you should increase your physical activity during these days. The physical activity helps with cramps, anxiety and your roller coaster emotions.
Avoid consuming dairy products
Although calcium is good during your menstrual period, dairy is not. Products such as milk, yogurt and cheese contain an acid called arachidonic acid; this acid can cause more cramping in the lower abdomen.
Avoid long periods of time using the same protection
Even if the box of pads or tampons says you can use each product for 8 hours straight, it is important to change it every 3 to 4 hours. This limits discomfort and prevents bacteria from developing, forming that nasty odour we all know too well.
Make sure you remove the protection
This may have never happened to you, but it is not uncommon for women to leave the same product on their under garments for several days. This causes an infection that can kill.
The infection is known as Toxic Shock Syndrome and is generated by the existence of staph bacteria. Symptoms can range from a fever to your organs shutting down completely.
Avoid foods high in salt
Experts advise avoiding food that is high in sodium at all costs. An increased amount of sodium intake will lead to fluid retention, bloating and more cramps.
Avoid thinking that calories do not count during your period
It is true that we do put on a few extra pounds when we are on our period due to fluid retention. It is also true that once the cycle is complete, we return to our normal weight. What is not true is the myth that calories do not count for those rough days. Unfortunately, nothing can cancel the extra calories we consume. We must burn it off or else it will stay there.