How do you hack your period?
December 7, 2012 9:04 AM Subscribe
Women of metafilter, how do you look after yourself before and during your period? What are your hints and tips for coping with menstruation and it's attendant effects? How do you organise your life to handle cramps, mood swings, fatigue etc.?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (57 answers total) 75 users marked this as a favorite
While my periods have always been pretty tough they are getting more painful and emotional as I get older. I am currently dealing with a semi-diagnosed stomach disorder that is exacerbated if it strikes during my period (think episodes of cramps, dizziness, vomiting and headaches over a period of a few days with persistent fatigue for the entire duration). I'm seeing a doctor for this illness and slowly getting things under control but meantimes I would like to establish a routine of self care for during my period to minimise the time that I'm ill or out of commission and make sure I can turn up for work and carry on with my life as much as possible.
I avoid taking painkillers as much as possible as they upset my stomach but will occasionally take a paracetamol/codeine tablet for the cramps when they are very bad. I'm interested in non-medicinal ways to tackle cramps.
I'd like to know how you organise healthy eating, working, exercising, rest and your social life around painful and debilitating periods. I've looked at previous questions that cover certain aspects of painful periods, and I'm happy with the medical treatment I'm getting. At some point in the future I will probably get a mirena and hopefully not have to worry about menstruating anymore. For now what I'm looking for is inspiration for a routine that will help me cope with the painful periods that I'm going to face for the next few months at least.
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