PERIODS: That Time Of The Month. | Guide to guys.
For every curious boy out there whose significant other is on their periods, please be as calm as you can. Give your support, show your love. Make sure she is hydrated, well-fed, warm and well-rested.
Menstruation, periods, Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), the time dreaded by almost everyone. From anticipating periods to fearing missing your periods, it's an emotional rollercoaster ride for the lady. With backache, mood swings cramps and similar nuisance added for extra spice, this time of the month is easily the recipe for misery.
What are periods?
A question that most likely bothers everyone is what exactly are periods. The blood and mucus from the inner lining of uterine walls released from the vagina are termed as periods or menstruation. They occur for a week each month from the age of 11 to about your late 40s.
When do periods start and how long do they last?
Another well-asked question is regarding the age a female starts her first period and when do they stop. There however is no fixed answer for this question. In general, from the age of 9 to 15 is considered normal. If someone hasn't started their periods even after the age of 15, they can contact their doctors. As for the second question, girls have periods till they are in their late 40s or early 50s.
So how to deal with our periods?
Almost every woman has asked this question at least once in their life. The answer to this seemingly simple question isn't actually as simple. The symptoms that accompany your periods vary from person to person. Some have heavy flow lasting for about 2-3 days meanwhile some have a more regulated flow for 7-8 days. Some have it easy with minimal to no pain whereas for some the cramps are intense. Here are a few ways to deal with your periods based on your age.
If you are a teen or dealing with your first periods, be calm and please do not panic. Heavy flow is normal, acne is normal, mood swings are normal, backache is normal, cramps are normal, blood mass in discharge is normal, irregular flow is normal. Make sure you're warm, cozy, well relaxed. If your cramps are really bad a heat bag always helps. In my personal opinion chocolates and ice creams help too. Also, talk to your parents and ask them to educate about menstrual hygiene, products to use and your symptoms.
If you're a middle-aged person, you probably have no nervousness and are well prepared. If your cramps are bad you can always consult your doctor and start your birth control pills. They help regulate your periods, help balance your hormones and also keep the symptoms at bay.
If you're married and sexually active please always use protection at all times unless you're trying for a baby or are under medication.
Do's and don'ts when on your periods.
YOGA: Despite what you may think yoga actually helps in getting rid of cramps naturally. So if your cramps are really hurting yoga might just be the answer to your problems.
WAXING: Menstruation usually leads to sensitive skin so waxing might not be the best option.
EAT: Make sure you eat loads of veggies, fruits, juice and soup as well. However, avoid too many fatty foods and pickles. Also, limit your dairy intake.
KEEP TRACK: Always keep track of your periods. Many apps are available for this purpose. Keeping records can save you from unwanted awkwardness.
HYGIENE: Change your sanitary pads every few hours. Use cotton pads for a lesser chance of infections and rashes. Avoid synthetic pads.
SPEAK UP: Due to social conventions people keep quiet about their period flows and symptoms. However, please speak up if you feel something is not right. Listen to your body at all times. Your body knows what is going on so if you feel like something's a little off, please speak up.
MEDICATION : Painkillers are to be avoided at any cost. They may provide temporary relief but they affect your hormonal balance.
INTERCOURSE: Contrary to popular beliefs, indulging in sexual activities during periods can actually help finish your periods faster.
What to do and not to do when someone's on their periods?
For every curious boy out there whose significant other is on their periods, please be as calm as you can. Give your support, show your love. Make sure she is hydrated, well-fed, warm and well-rested. Make sure she isn't overworked or tensed. If you wanna actively help, warm water for her, help her relax, give her gentle massages and if she wants a cuddle with her. The best thing you can do for her is just being there for her, any way she needs.
If she doesn't want you around please respect her wishes and give her some space. Giving space doesn't necessarily mean you leave her alone, it just means that stay away, yet available. Always remember to keep her happy and try to handle her mood swings because periods are no joke.
Girls remember, your body is undergoing so much during these days, so please don't be too hard on yourself. Pamper yourself. Periods are the best time for a little self-love session. Love your body, live yourself and never think you're less than anyone because you're flawless just the way you are.