A quarter of our lives are spent on our periods, and it's time we make that time a little more comfortable. We’ve got you covered from leak-proof activewear to pain relief and aromatherapy.
1. Period Proof Activewear
Having your period does not mean sitting at home and being a sloth, in fact exercising most days of the week can make you feel better during your period. Some good period activewear items include:
Leak Proof Leggings
You can now confidently hit the gym with leak-proof options like DEAR KATE leggings and WUKA leggings. These leggings are pretty and provide comfort and leak protection while you break a sweat.
Period Workout Shorts
Period workout shorts resemble ordinary running shorts. But the built-in liners of these shorts can handle bleeding exceptionally well.
Some shorts can hold as much blood as five standard tampons. These shorts are designed to keep you comfortable and protected during even the most intense workout sessions.
Leak-Proof Bathing Suits
You can go for your regular swim sessions or enjoy a beach day in bathing suits by Panty Prop or Knix that are comfortable and leak-proof. They can hold as much blood as three standard tampons. So, no more worrying about leaks while you take a dip.
Leak-Proof Tights and Leotards
Leak-proof tights and leotards are perfect for exercising, dancing, and performing during your period. These can hold as much blood as three standard tampons.
Note: Keep in mind, these products are recommended as backup protection, especially for those with heavy flow.
2. The Trusty Heating Pad
For many women, periods are often accompanied by severe cramps. Placing a heating pad on the cramping area can soothe your pain. Heat pads or plushies are a great way to warm you up, make you feel cozy, and help you unwind.
3. Pain Relievers or Pain-Relief Wearables
Pain relievers are an essential part of period supplies. Painful periods are usually treated with pain relievers like ibuprofen and naproxen, called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that target prostaglandins.
NSAIDs lower the body's production of prostaglandins and minimize their effects. They are taken for one or two days, depending on the pain. Painful periods are a real struggle, but you can get some relief with pain relievers or pain-relief wearables.
Pain relief wearables are electronic devices that use technology such as vibration, heat, or electrical stimulation to alleviate menstrual cramps and discomfort. These wearables can be worn discreetly and can provide a convenient, non-invasive alternative for people who experience period pain.
4. Aromatherapy For a Cause
Burning aromatic candles with essential oils like spicy clove, cinnamon, and lavender are perfect for relaxing during your period. You can also support charitieslike Bloody Good Period, an organization dedicated to menstruation equity, by purchasing their candle made by the Second Life Candle Co.
5. Magnesium Supplements
The muscle-relaxing effects of magnesium may make it a good supplement for countering period pain. Some studies have shown magnesium supplements provide pain relief for cramps by relaxing the uterine muscles and decreasing the prostaglandins that contribute to period pain. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists notes that not enough research has been done to recommend vitamins as effective treatments for period pain.
6. Period Underwear
Period underwear can hold as much blood as five standard tampons. Say goodbye to bulky pads and hello to a more sustainable and comfortable option.
Note: Menstruation is a normal part of life. Periods should never hamper your daily routine. If period pain is causing you to lose sleep, miss work, or skip school, you should talk to a doctor.
Did you know a mere 8 states provide free menstrual products in public schools? Courtesy Cups is on a mission to give back by donating one cup for every cup purchased locally. We not only invented the first portable menstrual cup sanitizer, but we’re committed to Changing the Cycle of period poverty through education and advocacy. Here's how you can get involved.
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