My mom decided it was a good idea for me to start taking birth control at 14yrs old because she had me at 15yo and wanted to ensure I do NOT end up like her - a pregnant teen.
I remember like it was yesterday because the next month I was in the nurse's office in the 9th grade crying like I was dying because I was having these sharp pains but not in my belly, it was right below it.
When I tell you...but you already know the debilitating pain from having Aunt Flow visits us every month. Now at a really older age (lol) I have learned how to take care of my body before, during and after my period.
Told you I was going to keep this short, I'll go into detail another time. But here are some things I do every single month to ensure I'm not down for 2-3 days stuck in the bed missing work all because my young-minded mother tried to save me.
INTERESTING FACT: Almost half of all women who go on the pill stop using it within the first year because of intolerable side effects, and the one most frequently cited is unpleasant changes in mood and uterine contractions which are period cramps.
Happy & Healthier Period Tips You Can Start Right Now
1) Drink this Tea every day 7 days BEFORE your period.... CHAMOMILE TEA is the perfect choice because it has a calming effect on our body. It reduces fatigue and promotes better sleep which translates to period cramps that are less painful, thus restoring comfort.
Indeed the poor quality of sleep contributes to severe period cramps, fatigue, and much more so chamomile tea will definitely do the job as it brings a serene feeling all over me.
2) Wear my EVE Period Belt for the instant heat and massage the day before and the first two days of my period starting. The heat & massage features reduce pain, relax the uterus (the lady organ where the cramps happen) aka uterine muscles, and increases blood circulation.
With direct heat and therapeutic massage, "EVE" eases the pain without us being stuck in fetal position for days at the start of our menstrual cycle.
Both massage or vibration can relax our uterus to help the lining pass through easily. In fact, vibrational therapy can improve severe period pains, also known as dysmenorrhea. Science shows that this therapy can aid in pain relief by increasing circulation and relaxing muscles thus decreasing pain.
3. Cleanse, Recover & Rejuvenate with V-Love Vaginal Steam 24-48hrs immediately after my period. V-Steaming is a process involves sitting over a steaming pot of herb-infused water, generally for about 20-30 minutes. As the steam rises and the herbs penetrate vaginal tissue, it is thought that the vagina and uterus are cleansed and soothed.
I definitely feel the changes in my cycle, my body and my lady parts. I feel that my period is lighter, I don't have thick blood clots like I had in the past, and how do I say this....ummmm - a more heightened feminine awareness down-there....ef it, I'm saying I'm more aroused. Because I do my steams at least twice a month, the best benefit for me is how moisturized (wet) during fun times with bae.
LAST THOUGHTS: For many of us periods aren't exactly the happiest time of the month as we must deal with cramp, fatigue, mood swings and an array of other uncomfortable symptoms. However, this 'time of the month' should not fill us with dread as, from diet to attitude, there are a few changes you can make help make your period a happier time!