by Shagufta Faheem January 15, 2018 0 Comments


When you're on your period, there are a number of activities you definitely don't feel like doing because of how your how your body feels. There are also a number of thing 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. 
Normal fluctuations in hormones during the menstrual cycle are responsible for a variety of functions, including mood, appetite, anxiety, emotion, pain, and pleasure. The changes and relative levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone throughout the menstrual cycle, including during the period itself, are also responsible for many of the changes women notice.

Avoid sad and romantic movies:

Surely it is no surprise to learn that your emotions are so different while on your period. At times you may not even recognize your emotional self. The hormone levels are so out of balance that as your body tries to adapt, your mind does not know how to react. Romantic movies are a recipe for disaster. Avoid watching these types of films, as they can heighten your sensitivity. Instead use this time to catch up on the newest humor films.


Avoid Waxing:

Estrogen levels drop dramatically during your period. Having such a low estrogen count makes all of your physical pain hurt much more due to your body becoming so sensitive. Waxing can be extremely uncomfortable and painful. And if you are the type of person who is afraid of the dentist, you may want to avoid scheduling an appointment on that day too.


Do Exercise:

We’ve all been there. The cramping is so awful that all we want to do is stay curled up in bed, watch television, and pig out on snacks. But that is not the best approach, In fact, we should be hitting the gym during our period. Exercise will help relieve cramping and other bodily aches when we are bleeding. Many women find that their workout challenges are far easier while they are menstruating than when their bodies are in the process of ovulating.


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Don't Eat Diary Products:

Calcium is great for helping with menstrual pains, but milk products do the opposite. Milk, cheese, and yogurt should be eaten sparingly or not at all while we have our period because it can cause cramps. Instead, reach for a glass of almond milk and make delicious smoothies using non-dairy coconut milk yogurts. You will get your calcium this way, plus the healthy benefits from the fruits and berries you add to your smoothies.


Avoid Salty Snacks:

Even though you might have the ultimate craving for French fries, bite on some salty snacks can actually make your period symptoms worse. Salty foods contribute to the bloating/water retention that women feel around the time of their periods. Eating salty foods can also worsen cramps. Instead, we should snack on the healthy stuff, like fruits and vegetables, to supply our bodies with much needed minerals and vitamins during this time.


Everyone's body is different, so some people may be more sensitive to these things than others, but if you struggle through your period, it might just be best to avoid these things altogether.

Shagufta Faheem
Shagufta Faheem