Don’t Do These 6 D.e.a.d.l.y Things During Periods
Consuming foods that cause constipation
Hormones like progesterone can cause constipation. Consuming refined foods such as noodles, burgers, pasta and pizza among others, can worsen the constipation tendency. These are the foods to not eat during your period. Instead, one should have more fruits, fresh vegetables and salads particularly in pre-menstrual and menstrual phases.
Don’t Indulge In Caffeine
There’s nothing like a cup of hot coffee to start your mornings. But, when the red flag of the period is waving at you, you should keep the coffee at an arm’s length from you. Caffeine can heighten the degree of your cramps and can make you feel irritated (4). So, that latte isn’t such a good idea when Aunt Flo is in town.
Don’t Pull An All Nighter
We all love to sleep, don’t we? But, for some odd reason, when the period takes over, your brain just refuses to go on sleep mode. You feel like binge-watching shows all night or just spend the night flirting away with your crush. But, you shouldn’t. No, we aren’t taking the place of your mothers and asking you to go to bed early but pulling all-nighters and getting inadequate sleep can increase the stress hormone, cortisol, in the body. This increased level of stress can make your period a bad experience for you.
During menstruation, blood supply increases around the pelvic organs like uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and vagina. Also, there are certain chemicals like prostaglandins which are responsible for pain and heavy bleeding. These chemicals may become more active because of the physical exertion and result in excessive pain and bleeding. So we should probably avoid overexertion like kick boxing or a run and opt for a calming yoga session instead.
Not changing sanitary napkins every 6-8 hours
Sanitary napkins soak the menstrual blood and convert it into gel form. Not changing sanitary pads every 6-8 hours can cause rashes on the vulva-vagina and inner parts of thighs. It can also result in a bad odour if not changed at regular intervals.
Using unhygienic lavatories
Unhygienic lavatories, particularly while changing pads, can be risky. Usage of tissue paper as well as the water at the lavatory can cause infections. In this regard, it should be a priority to maintain hygienic lavatories in offices and public places.
Intercourse without condoms
Ideally one should avoid intercourse during periods, however some women can indulge in sexual activity when the bleeding is relatively less i.e on the fourth day of the cycle. The use of condoms will be more comfortable for both partners and will prevent chances of vaginal and urinary infections.
During periods, there is always a chance of excessive blood flow which can result in exhaustion and fatigue. This will further worsen if adequate fluids are not consumed during this period. Hence, one must take care to have an adequate intake of water, coconut water, buttermilk, juices and soups.