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Periods, nobody likes that right? We all wish if we could just skip the whole thing and never have to go through PMS and backaches, well… that’s just not possible! So as long as periods are going to happen, we should learn how to deal with them properly right!?
Well, today we have 6 tips on how to do it, and don’t worry if you have irregular periods because we got it covered too!!
Preparing for your period each month
1. Track menstruation
This is something you must do. Always remember to keep track of your own menstruation. How to do it: Keep track by marking the days when you’re having your period every month. This will help you gather information on the number of days so as the length of your menstrual cycle.
If you don’t know how to calculate the menstrual cycle here is a great tip on how to do it:
In the image above, the days in green are the days of your menstruation, all you have to do is count the number of days from Day 1 until the day you get your next period. This means what you’re actually going to do is to count the number of days between your period start dates. That’s the length of your menstrual cycle.
For most women the average cycle equals 28 days; however, the number of days varies from a woman to another due to physiological differences. In many cases, some cycles last for 35 days and it’s completely normal.
Let’s say for example the number of days you counted between the start dates of your periods equals 28 days; that means the length of your menstrual cycle is 28 days. So, what you’re going to do each time is to count from 1 (day 1 of your period) to 28.
On day 28 or 29, your next period should start. Sometimes minor changes occur to your body and it’s totally normal. So, don’t panic if your period doesn’t start exactly on the day you predicted.
Extra tip: There a lot of apps you can download to your SmartPhone that can keep track of all your sexual cycles and do the whole work. Don’t hesitate to search your app store for a convenient one.
2. Analyze your cervical mucus
This is another great tip to keep track of your menstrual cycle, in reality, cervical mucus is a sort of liquid secreted by the cervix. One of the basic functions of the mucus is to moisten the walls of your vagina.
Sometimes the cervical fluid gets expelled outside from time to time, which is basically a sticky white/yellow discharge.
Your cervix will produce the largest amount of vaginal discharge about five days before your period starts. It is because the estrogen in your body catalyzed the glands to encourage more mucus discharge. The thickness, color, and texture are all indications as to when your period will start.
All you have to do is to take a sample of your cervical mucus, then, insert gently your clean index in the vagina to check the color and the texture of your mucus. If it’s thick, white, and kind of sticky then your period may begin in a few days.
3. Eat healthy food
Staying healthy is just as important as all the other tips. Healthy food is a great way to maintain regularity in your body. In fact, unhealthy food and stress will disrupt your sexual cycles and keep you away from a precise prediction which makes it harder for you to prepare yourself for your next periods.
4. Keep a pad/tampon in your bag
Always, keep a pad/tampon in your bag. No matter how regular your periods are, you can never predict the exact time for your periods.
If you find pads a little too big or embarrassing; tampons or slim sized napkins could be a greater choice for you.
5. Keep the medication in your bag
Many women have to go through abnormal pain on the first day of their period; if you’re any of these women consider keeping pain relievers in your bag.
It’s a great tool for long days at work or school. The best way to relieve painful menstrual cramps is to take an anti-inflammatory medication. Drugs such as Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), ketoprofen (Orudis), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn) are available without a prescription.
These drugs work better if taken before the start of menstruation and can be continued as long as needed.
6. Analyze your PMS
PMS (aka premenstrual syndrome) is actually a group of symptoms linked to your menstrual cycle. PMS symptoms may occur 1 week before your period starts.
PMS often includes both physical and emotional symptoms; the most common ones are:
- Trouble sleeping
- Tender breasts
- Muscle pain
- Appetite changes
- Bloating/constipation, Etc…
If you have any of these symptoms; chances are your periods might just start. Better get ready!
These are the tips on how to get ready for your first or next period. You can also use these tips to prepare your daughter if you think she’ll get her first period. If you have other tips to share and want to add, make sure to mention them when contacting us, we’ll be happy to add your tricks and tips.