Whether you’ve had your first period or you’ve lost count of how many you’ve had over the years, menstruation comes with its own set of “do’s” and “don’ts”! It’s in your best interest to follow them, as not following these rules often leads to serious troubles that are undesirable in your life – especially at “that time of the month”!
So, if you already have an idea of what you should do during your period (warmers, plenty of water, eating chocolate and fruit), you may not be very familiar with what you should not do.
If you’ve been wondering what you shouldn’t do during your period, here’s a complete list of things you absolutely shouldn’t do during your period. You don’t want that kind of trouble!
- Don’t wear the same pad or tampon for too long
Regardless of your choice between a tampon and a sanitary napkin, you should not wear the same tampon for many hours. Wearing the same tampon for long periods of time can increase the chance of infection as well as skin rashes and even TSS (or toxic shock syndrome), which can be fatal if you leave a tampon in for hours (1). Therefore, if you prefer pads, change them at least every 6 hours. As for tampons, every 2-3 hours is ideal.
- Don’t use feminine buttocks cleansers
In fact, don’t use them even when you’re not menstruating! Vaginal washes can increase the risk of vaginal infections and even disrupt the natural pH balance of your intimate areas, which goes against what they claim (2). If you want to wash, lukewarm water will suffice. Just make sure that you wash in a downward direction so as not to contaminate your rectum. As for rashes on your pads, wipe your lady parts dry and clean to prevent them.
- don’t wax or shave.
When you’re on your period, your estrogen levels drop, which means that if you hurt yourself during this time, you’ll feel more pain than ever because of your heightened sensitivity. That’s why it’s best not to shave or wax during this time. Postponing a dentist appointment during your period would also make more sense, especially if you have to have a tooth extraction!
- Don’t skip meals
During this time of your period, your body needs a lot of energy to cope with cramps and mood swings. Depriving yourself of food will only lower your energy levels, so be sure to eat.
- Don’t give up junk food.
Eating during menstruation is very important, and eating right is even more important. Menstruation is unpleasant, so it is common to seek solace in unhealthy foods or foods high in sodium. However, eating junk food will only increase discomfort by causing fluid retention (3). That’s why it’s better to eat healthy foods.
- Avoid dairy products.
Dairy products should be avoided during menstruation. Although calcium is beneficial at this time, it is better to take it in the form of supplements and not from dairy products. Dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurt, etc., contain a type of acid known as “arachidonic acid,” which can greatly aggravate lower abdominal cramps (4). Therefore, avoid dairy products as well as pork, beef, turkey and chicken, as they all contain large amounts of this acid.
- Don’t lead a sedentary lifestyle.
Even if you feel like curling up in a ball and lying in bed in just your underwear all day, don’t do it. A sedentary lifestyle will divert your attention to your period pain, which can make it worse. In fact, rest is not the way to solve the problem, but exercise is! Exercise can not only relieve menstrual cramps, but also improve your overall well-being (5). Aerobics is the best exercise!
- Don’t schedule appointments during your period
As already mentioned, due to low estrogen levels in the body during menstruation, the sensitivity to pain increases significantly. Therefore, it is better not to schedule any appointments at this time that can cause pain (such as waxing, threading, visiting the dentist, etc.). Leave them for a later date.
- Don’t give in to mood swings
Mood swings are probably the worst part of menstruation, and they can get even worse if you give in to them. Instead of pouring oil on your mood swings, take a vacation and do something that brings you joy, like reading a book or going for a walk. This can save you from a lot of unpleasant situations!
Consider these 9 “bans” as rules you must follow if you want your period to be relatively uncomfortable. And since all of these things are in your hands, following them won’t seem so difficult!