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Your menstrual cycle can be bearable

Ladies, let’s be real for a minute.

Nobody likes to talk about it. We all get it, yet nobody wants it.

What am I talking about? Ah, yes, your period.

This uncomfortable nuisance won’t go away for a long time, but there are a few things you can do to make it more bearable.

One of my tips is to make sure you’re wearing the right size pad or tampon.

If you are experiencing leaks, that’s a sign that you’re wearing the wrong size product. Also, this could mean you aren’t wearing the right kind of underwear.

Try different sizes and different underwear until you find the right combo for your body shape, size, and flow.

If you experience leaks at night no matter what size products you try, you could try sleeping on a towel to add a protective layer between you and your sheets. This will help on your heaviest days.

Most girls will experience cramps with their periods, as well.

To make this more bearable, try working out and being active.

Exercise releases endorphins that will relieve the pain of your cramps. So a trip to the gym or doing some yoga can make your period more tolerable.

Another way to relieve menstrual cramps is to use a heating pad to relieve some of the pain.

As a last resort, taking Midol, which is acetaminophen, or some type of ibuprofen may help.

If you experience mood swings, one way to help with this can be letting yourself eat the foods you’re craving. Let yourself cave and eat that cheeseburger and then curl up into a ball and take a nap. I promise you will be a lot happier.

Being sensitive when on your period is a normal thing. It can be really hard to stay happy, so if you feel like you want to cry, don’t hold it in. Let your emotions out, no matter how crazy you might look or feel.

Your hormones are making you feel like every slight inconvenience is the worst thing ever. Just try to stay calm and breathe while letting your emotions out in a healthy way, whether this be painting, singing, or even kickboxing.

These few tips may help so that you don’t stress about getting your period as much as usual.

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