There are a number of things you should never do on your period, not just because they don’t feel great, but because they could also harm your health or make you feel even worse. hat time of the month is already a bummer as it is, so why make it harder on yourself?
Here are 7 things you should never do on your period if you want to feel your best and avoid discomfort:
1. Eat Salty Foods
Even though you might have the ultimate craving for French fries, nibbling on some salty snacks can actually make your period symptoms worse. Eating salty foods can also worsen cramps.
2. Having unprotected sex
Just because you have periods does not mean you cannot conceive. Quite the contrary more so if you have irregular periods. this is because ovulation and bleeding can happen at the same time meaning you can get pregnant if you have unprotected sex. To add insult to injury, blood is a good medium for viruses and other bugs which means the transmission of STDs such as HIV can be higher. Furthermore, researchers have found that the cervix is slightly dilated aka open when you have your period making it easier for unwanted things to get from the vagina to the cervix and into the pelvis.
3. Wearing a pad or tampon for too long
If this isn’t disgusting enough perhaps the effects of doing so will set you straight. Usually, you should change your tampon or pad every 3 to 4 hours to avoid an unpleasant odor and bacterial buildup which can lead to infection. Not only will it keep your vagina clean but it will lessen chances of staining your clothes.
Douching is never necessary and can sometimes be harmful,” says Twogood. “The fragranced solution can disrupt the normal vaginal flora, causing irritation and/or abnormal discharge. A simple water douche (meaning only water, nothing else) is a reasonable alternative, but not medically necessary.
We have all heard that smoking is bad for your health and in addition to the health risks it has, it can make your periods worse. A study from the journal ‘Tobacco Control’ found that smokers are more likely to have painful periods than non-smokers. Go figure.
6. Drinking coffee
For many people, nothing beats a morning cup of coffee. While on your period, you should definitely skip that latte. According to Livestrong, caffeine can worsen discomfort from cramps and bloat as it constricts blood vessels which can worsen menstrual cramps.
7. Getting a wax or hair braided
If getting waxed down there or getting tiny braids done isn’t painful enough, try doing it while on your periods. Your pain receptors are extra heightened, and your skin is extra sensitive during that time of the month. Skip them altogether.
Kim Ngan Do
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