Alright, ladies, it's time to spill the tea about the crimson tide. We all know that having a period can be a real pain in the ovaries, but for some reason, we tend to keep it hush-hush. Well, no more! It's time to get real and talk about the untold frustrations of Aunt Flo's monthly visit. From dealing with leaky tampons to hiding your chocolate stash from your partner, let's dive into the comical and sometimes annoying side of having a period. So, grab your Femmely and a glass of red wine (you deserve it), and let's get real about the monthly woes that unite us all.
3 TYPES OF FRUSTRATIONS LADIES ENCOUNTER WHEN HAVING A PERIOD
Let's start with the physical frustrations of having periods. One of the most common complaints is menstrual cramps. These pains can range from mild discomfort to feeling like a miniature gremlin is trying to claw its way out of your uterus. And if you're lucky enough to experience the latter, you know that sometimes no amount of ibuprofen or hot water bottles can ease the agony. The pain can be so excruciating that it can interfere with your daily activities.
Then there's the bloating. Suddenly, your favorite pair of jeans are a no-go because you look like you've gained 10 pounds overnight. And let’s not even get started on the acne that likes to make an appearance at this same time every month. Who would have guessed our bodies could go as far as conspiring against us?
Now, to the emotional frustrations. As if the physical symptoms weren't enough, periods can also mess with our emotions. One minute you're laughing at a funny video, and the next you're sobbing into a tub of ice cream because you dropped your spoon.
And then there's the mood swings. One minute you're happy-go-lucky, and the next you're snapping at your loved ones for no reason. Hormones are really a powerful thing. Talk about PMS!
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a collection of emotional symptoms that occur before the start of a woman's period. PMS can cause extreme mood swings, irritability, and depression. Women may also experience other symptoms such as breast tenderness, headaches, and fatigue, which can add to their frustration.
Finally, let's talk about the practical frustrations of having periods. For starters, there's the cost. Tampons, pads, and menstrual cups aren't cheap, and they're not exactly the most exciting thing to spend money on. This can be especially frustrating for those on a tight budget. Plus, if you're someone who likes to travel light, packing for your period can be a real pain. You have to factor in the number of days you will be gone, how heavy your flow will be, and how much space you have in your luggage. And there's always the fear of running out of supplies when you need them the most.
Then there's the embarrassment factor. This is a common practical frustration that many women experience. Like we've all been there – you're at work or school, and suddenly you realize that you've leaked through your pants. Cue the panic as you try to discreetly make your way to the bathroom while hoping no one notices. Urggh!
SOME COPING STRATEGIES, MAYBE?
Despite all the frustrations, there are coping strategies that you can use to manage their periods. For example, engaging in regular exercise can help alleviate cramps and improve mood. Eating a balanced diet can also help reduce symptoms such as bloating, headaches, and fatigue.
In addition, practicing stress-reducing activities such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises can help improve emotional well-being. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help alleviate menstrual cramps and reduce pain. You can also talk to your healthcare providers about hormonal birth control methods, which can regulate your period and reduce symptoms such as PMS.
Read also: Tips On How To Handle Your Period (link to the article)
THE BOTTOM LINE
So, there you have it – the frustrations of having periods. From the physical symptoms to the emotional roller-coaster and the practical inconveniences, periods can be a real pain in the you-know-what. But despite all the frustrations, you still manage to soldier on every month.
So, here's to all the period-havers out there – you're doing great, and you deserve a medal for putting up with all of this. And if all else fails, just remember that chocolate makes everything better.