Whether it’s something to ease period cramps or manage hormonal breakouts, we all have our own go-to remedies to feel better on our periods. Here, our period powerful community share their tried & tested period hacks.
Hormonal changes in the build up to your period and during your bleed, can trigger a wave of PMS symptoms. Whilst the ultimate goal is to keep hormones balanced, factors such as stress, lifestyle, diet, medication, health conditions and sleep quality can have an impact.
PMS symptoms can include period cramps, headaches, mood changes, bloating and acne (to name a select few). Everyone is different and it’s important to get to know your cycle and reach out to a medical professional if you’re struggling with severe symptoms when menstruating.
It is also important to find your go-to hacks and remedies so you can practise some self-care during your period.
We spoke to our community to uncover some tried & tested period hacks💓
Sharing is caring and we’re all here to support each other. So, we asked our community to share some of their fave period hacks. Take a scroll and see if any of these inspire self-care on your next period👇
“I find that drinking peppermint tea during my period helps calm my digestive system, which in turn helps ease my cramps! I’m sure there’s a link there somewhere!”
“For when you have extremely bad cramps – lie down flat and rub your two hands together till they feel very warm and press both your hands onto your lower stomach/ womb area. The heat is always lovely, and a Turkish lady actually recommended that it was a good way to help relieve some pain or discomfort momentarily.”
“All I feel like doing is curling up in a ball during my period, but this only makes my cramps worse. Being active, even if I can only manage walking round the house or cooking makes me feel so, so much better.”
“Fennel tea really helps when I feel bloated during my period.”
“Develop good musculature with fun, vigorous exercise – I love kickboxing, and the muscles I gain from the workout fight off those terrible cramps! – but around your period, be kind to yourself. Go for slow, gentler exercise like swimming or yoga – and eat all the dark chocolate you want! It contains magnesium, which helps alleviate cramps and increase energy.”
“If you suffer from tender breasts, switch to a wireless bra. If there is a specific issue with mastalgia (breast pain) then I would recommend Evening Primrose Oil*.”
“A relaxing cup of passionflower, cinnamon and chamomile tea helps release muscle tension and prevents pre-menstrual backache. Drink at least one cup a day for a few weeks for full effect.”
“I put a heat pad in my rucksack, so when I’m walking around it warms the bottom of my back and reduces the pain.”
“I sometimes feel quite low and anxious during my period, so I swear by the Calm app where you can try meditative breathing and listen to soothing sleep stories.”
What period hacks do you swear by? Come and chat to us on socials and be part of our period powerful community. For more period hacks, check out this blog with tips for pad users to help you feel comfortable during the summer months.