How do I ease/ reduce the PMS symptoms?
- Doing light exercise will improve blood and oxygen circulation throughout the body, including the pelvis.
- Avoid refined sugars, milk, and fatty foods when menstruating.
- Eating more fresh vegetables and whole grains can aid in relieving of constipation or indigestion when menstruating.
- Avoid cold food and beverages when menstruating.
- Avoid caffeine to prevent constriction of blood vessels and increased tension.
- Meditate or get a massage to help your body relax
- Breathe deeply, relax, notice where you hold tension in your body and let it go
5 Myths about Menstruation
If my period does not falls on the same day each month (eg: on the 25th of each month), than I am not normal?
One menstrual cycle last between 28 to 35 days and differs from each individual. Some may have a longer cycle while others may have a shorter one. As long as your cycle follows a periodic pattern, you do not have to worry.
Your monthly cycle can be affected by a few factors such as diet, lifestyle and stress. For example, being on medication, having a stressful time and drastic changes in body weight are some examples that can affect the production of your hormones, leading to a change in your monthly cycle.
Are my chances of getting pregnant reduced if my period only last for 3 days?
It is normal if your period only last for 3 days as each period usually last from 3 to 7 days, depending on each individual.
It is vital to remain relaxed during your period as stress can affect the progesterone (a hormone that helps regulate women's menstrual cycles) level, causing the menstrual flow to be reduced.
Is it true that taking a lot of sugary food will ease my menstrual discomforts?
In fact, it is the reverse; taking a lot of sugary food during your period can cause your blood's sugar level to be unstable (sudden rise and drop in blood sugar) and can worsen your menstrual discomforts.
Maintain a healthy diet and avoid food and beverages which contains caffeine (coffee, tea, colas, etc), alcohol, high sugar or salt as these foods can affect the menstrual flow and cause menstrual discomfort.
If I wash my hair during my period, I will have severe headache?
Washing your hair is a way of keeping clean and hygienic. There is no prove to say that it will cause severe headache but it is always advisable to dry your hair completely after shower to prevent catching a cold.
In fact, a nice warm shower can help to relieve menstrual cramps and premenstrual tension. You might want to avoid cold water during your period since it can cause your uterine to contract which could increase menstrual cramps.
Why are there blood clots in my period? Is there something wrong with my body?
Do not worry when you discover blood clots in your menstrual flow. These clots may be bright red, dark red, brown, or even black. Many women and girls experience blood clots in their periods. These clots and clumps of tissue are just part of the normal shedding of the uterus lining during menstruation which is normal.
Although it's quite normal to have blood clots in your menstrual blood, if you have blood clots bigger then a one dollar coin and are experiencing excessive bleeding, consult with your physician as soon as possible.