From what our mothers have taught us, to what our grandmothers say, and all the way down to what scientists have discovered, we have gathered enough information to last a lifetime. Among these tips are also warning signs to protect us from harm. One major tip women must learn is the specific things you should never do while you are on your menstrual period.
The menstrual cycle has changed throughout the history of mankind, just like how humans have been changing. According to statistics, the average woman in America today has about 450 menstrual cycles throughout her lifetime, while women in the same region just a few generations ago only had 150.
The results from various scientific researchers have revealed 6 Things you should never do on your most sensitive day of the month:
Do Not Watch Depressing Movies
Many women begin to notice their emotions going haywire a few days before their period and sometimes lasting through their entire bleeding cycle. We may experience happiness, sadness, anger, and insecurity all in the matter of minutes, leaving our men and everyone around us baffled, confused, and kind of scared. During this time of emotional upheaval, we should avoid watching depressing movies. After all, a cryfest in front of the television while the man is curled up in a corner, afraid to move or say the wrong thing, makes everyone miserable. Stick to happy, cheerful movies or avoid watching television altogether and work on a project you have been putting off for the past few weeks.
- According to Health.com estrogen levels drop dramatically during your period. Having such a low estrogen count makes all of your physical pain hurt much more due to your body becoming so sensitive.
- Waxing can be extremely uncomfortable and painful. And if you are the type of person who is afraid of the dentist, you may want to avoid scheduling an appointment on that day too.
DO be physically active
When I was little, we were allowed to miss gym class if we were on our cycle. According to Women’s Health, you should increase your physical activity during these days. The physical activity helps with cramps, anxiety and your roller coaster emotions.
Avoid consuming dairy products
Although calcium is good during your menstrual period, dairy is not. Products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese contain an acid called arachidonic acid; this acid can cause more cramping in the lower abdomen.
Do Not Go to Bed Without a Tampon or Pad
It might be tempting, but it will also be messy. Going to bed without a pad or tampon at night will create a mess, stain your sheets, comforter, and ruin your mattress. If you find traditional pads and tampons uncomfortable at night, look into alternatives. There are cloth pads you can make yourself or buy online, as well as period panties or the menstrual cup. Any of these alternatives are comfortable for nighttime sleeping and even regular daytime use.
Skip Out on Skinny Dipping
Just because you have your period doesn’t mean you have to skip out on all things fun, including skinny dipping. Surprisingly, many women have come out online to offer tips on skinny dippy while menstruating. The trick is to prepare ahead of time. Some women use a tampon and tuck up the string to hide it. Another talked about a method using a menstrual cup, such as the DivaCup, while skinny dipping. The cup captures your menstrual flow so that you don’t paint the water pink.