Learn how to prepare yourself for your period

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Some women dread their period because they consider it a nuisance. If you’re one of them, you might try anticipating it a few days before your period with a few tips. It will make it easier when it starts.

PMS, NO THANK YOU!

Cramps, breast tenderness, headaches, backaches, bloating, angry outbursts, mild depression or skin problems… You know your period is coming when you start feeling rotten. Here are tips to anticipate and reduce PMS (Link to article 1). 

Eat better: eat more frequently (6 small meals a day instead of 3 large ones), reduce your intake of fat, sugar and salt, avoid caffeine and alcohol and eat complex carbohydrates such as foods with whole grains, or beans, brown rice, or lentils.  Calcium-rich foods are good, too.

Experiment with supplements suggested by your healthcare provider: calcium, magnesium supplements or even vitamin E can reduce symptoms.

Exercise and stretch to lift your mood and sleep better.

Rest by getting a full eight hours of sleep a night, every night. Reduce your exposure to stress and take time out for yourself.

BE READY

If you don’t want your period to catch you by surprise, anticipate the date a few days before your period by keeping a monthly calendar of your menstrual cycle. Check our tips on How to keep track of your body cycles (article 3).

If your period is irregular, especially around the time of the menopause, panty liners can prove an ideal choice for every day use to feel secure and protected. Learn all about how to deal with unusual bleeding by charting your period (article 3).

HAVE A BACK UP

Always have protection with you, in your purse, at home or at the office. If you want to feel 100% safer, use panty liners as a back up when wearing a tampon, as panty liners such as Always Dailies are so thin and comfortable that they can be used any time.

Be active

Don’t put your life on hold just because your period is coming! You can lead a normal life, plan activities, and even do sports! Discover how to stay active, fresh and confident during your period (article 7). 

GET HELP

If you still feel stressed out by your period, you might want to consider seeking help or joining a self-help or support group.

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