“Mr Hall, I was surfing the crimson wave. I had to haul ass to the ladies” – Clueless (1995)
It’s that time of the month for me, and I’m on my third day. That means I’m now feeling my worst and am probably wishing for death.
I’m blessed to not have severe PMS prior to and during my period. I remembered back in school, I had a classmate who had such severe cramps and had to go to the sick bay at least once a month. Once she even fainted during a music performance from the pain. It was really bad. Another friend used to have such terrible cramps; it was about 20 years later when she found out that she had endometriosis.
As for me, I do get the cramps, but not to such an extend. What I do get is that immense feeling of crappiness, tender breasts, headaches, fatigue and my b***h mode is on high alert. My husband knows what to do during that time of the month. Lots of tea without me asking for one, stay the hell away from me when I’m in my terrible mood, and give me a cuddle when I’m feeling particularly weepy.
Sigh. Women. Can’t live without us, can’t live with us, especially when dreaded Aunt Flo is in town.
As time goes by, I learn how to deal with my period and all its awful symptoms. It doesn’t eliminate them but at least they’ve become more bearable.
Tampons = Best. Invention. Ever
If you’ve been using tampons all your life, this may not be such a big deal to you, but it is to me. I’ve been using sanitary pads for so many years, till about 3 years ago when I decided to give tampons a go. My mother wasn’t keen on me trying them when I was still in school. Silly me never questioned why, plus I had no idea how it would go in .
If I had used it back then, life would have been much easier. You wouldn’t believe it, seeing my sedentary lifestyle now, but I ran a lot back in the day and when I had my period, I had to run with a thick pad. It was awful. Every little sneeze and here comes the “gush”. Now, with tampons, I can walk, run, go about my life without any problems. No accidental “gushes”. So much more comfortable. Damn, I could write a thesis on tampons; I’m that excited about them.
Reduce coffee intake
I noticed that I get a lot crabbier after coffee when I’m having my period. Tim can vouch for that. Plus, I get very “heaty” (it’s a Chinese thing, which I have no idea how to explain). So it’s best that I reduce or eliminate my coffee intake until it’s over.
Increase green tea consumption
I’m not a fan of black teas, so green teas work very well for me. It’s my comfort drink. A nice hot cup of tea (I favour Pukka’s Chamomile and Vanilla) and all’s almost right with the world again.
Use a hot water bottle
An essential during that time of the month. Along with a cup of tea, a hot water bottle helps to soothe the cramps. I also like the hot water bottle to warm the bed. When you’ve been out and about all day, especially when you’re having your period, a warm bed is fantastic for your back.
Wear ratty flannel pajamas
I especially like wearing my ratty flannel PJs during that time of the month. They’re loose and comfortable, exactly what I need. It’s also an unspoken statement for the husband – “Shop Closed. Bugger Off“.
Those are some of the things I use when I get my period. My cramps are usually not so bad that I need to have ibuprofen constantly to fight the pain. It’s just an all-round feeling of fatigue and shit, and I don’t need actual medication for that (although the husband would beg to differ).
Over to you. What’s your time-of-the-month ritual like? How do you stave off the shittiness?