I am not well, you know what I mean!?
(Ever heard about something similar before?)
No. I do not know what you mean. In fact, I understand better when you are precise in saying that you are in periods.!
Let’s unlearn few things today! Are you in?
Black cover, slips from her bag which contained sanitary napkins wrapped in the newspaper, she hurriedly stuffs them in the purse and he approaches to offer help.
He: Why have you been acting weird since morning?
She: I am sorry, “It’s that time of the month”!
I am sure we were part of such conversations for at least once. They sound so common but creep uncommon unsolved doubts in everyone’s minds.
Talking about Periods is still a taboo!
It starts at the school level when science teachers hesitate to explain the reproductive system in detail! It continues at home, where women are isolated and it doesn’t stop with men hesitating to ask doubts and unknowingly becomes part of our lives.
Menstrual Cycle is a natural phenomenon that women experience every month. The Female reproductive system undergoes changes, making life possible. This occurrence that gives women the ability to produce offspring is very beautiful, however, it is considered ugly when they bleed every month.
This blog highlights everything to know about periods.
This information is for every individual to get a basic idea about the menstrual cycle because we deserve to acquire the right knowledge.
Shhh…Let’s talk periods!
Q. What is the Period?
A. A period is shedding off the blood by women every month.
Q. What is the Menstrual Cycle?
A. Several changes occur in the female reproductive system during the Menstrual Cycle which includes four stages. The menstrual cycle is 28 days long.
Q. Why Menstruation?
A. Menstruation eliminates the thickened line of the uterus that was formed to conceive a baby. When there is no fertilization the body sheds off the lining.
Q. Why do women act weird?
A. It is wrong to tag women’s moods as weird. Hormonal imbalance takes place in a female’s body that affects their mood.
The levels of Estrogen and Progesterone fluctuate causing mood swings, anxiety, and irritability. Serotonin the happy hormone declines with reduced Estrogen. These changes during Premenstrual Syndrome explain a lot about women’s behavior than tagging her mood as weird!
MYTHS VS FACTS
- We have heard a multiple beliefs about periods. I have attempted to make it easy for you to differentiate between the right and wrong about Periods!
How to take care of yourself during periods
Taking rest helps you to relax. Rest if you feel the pain is unbearable. Do not push yourself to do anything when you want to rest. It’s okay to take some time off for yourself as your body needs a break.
Maintaining Hygiene is very important to avoid infections. It is recommended to change your pad every 5-6 hours. Avoid skipping taking a bath and ensure that your undergarments are clean and washed often.
Fulfill your cravings of eating chocolate. Besides satisfying your sweet tooth chocolate also consists of Magnesium that helps in easing your cramps. So munch over without worrying about the extra calories.
The serotonin levels drop during periods which can be boosted by exercise. Your mood can be altered by practicing exercise. Exercise also reduces stress and gives relief from cramps.
5. Pamper yourself:
Massage the lower abdomen area to reduce cramp pains. Take a warm bath and use a heating pad to relieve the pain.
Treat yourself with delicious food and shower yourself with all the love by doing what makes you happy.
6. Let Emotions flow:
Times might seem impossible and difficult during periods but you can definitely help yourself to feel better. Journal to let out and express your emotions, meditation also aids in altering the thoughts and to confront situations.
If the pain is too much to deal with, you can consult a Gynecologist and use medicines prescribed. The pills help in reducing cramp pains, it is always better to make an appointment with the doctor to be clear.
There is a lot of hatred already, let’s spread love!
How to help a friend in her period
1. Offer help:
Is there anything I can do for you? You can extend your help by simply asking what your friend truly might need during her periods. Simple things like holding her extra luggage, checking on her can really be very helpful.
2. Be Patient:
We can’t predict the mood swings, so it is always good to be patient. Communicate in a calm manner and understand that she doesn’t intend to deliberately yell on you.
3. Look, red stains! :
Do not hesitate to tell if there are stains on her clothes. Consider that it’s not awkward to help a friend during such tough times. It is time to be a responsible and caring person.
4. Be there:
Be there for her. It is really supportive for a friend to have someone to help during her periods. Sometimes just being there can make her feel happy and comfortable to rely on.
5. Buy essentials:
Ask if she needs anything and get it for her. You can lend sanitary napkins during emergencies and giving her chocolate can work wonders! It will certainly help her in dealing with period pains.
6. Don’t assume:
Remember that it’s always better to clarify than assuming. Sometimes the issue might be really bothering her but we assume it as mood swings. Assuming can only lead to misunderstanding so it’s good to talk it out and clarify.
7. Cook for her:
Getting rest is essential; meanwhile you can take charge over the kitchen for a time being. Cooking what she is craving for and simply assisting in house chores will reduce the burden on her.
The main aim of this post is to educate people about Periods. This blog covered three major points revolving around periods. After reading, I hope that all the doubts you had are now cleared. Let’s take one step at a time in eliminating the menstrual taboo. I have contributed my part by enlightening about periods. Now, it’s your turn. How would you like to bring a change? Comment below