5 women reveal their ‘all-time favourite’ period hacks
By Emily Hagan | Published on Oct 18, 2023
Menstrual Hygiene Day is here, and it’s time to address the elephant in the room – periods. While period poverty and lack of access to period products are important issues, we must also shed light on another problem: PMS.
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Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS affects all women who hit puberty, causing pain and mood swings. But fear not, because our Health Shots readers have discovered some ingenious hacks to tackle PMS issues at home.
Here are the stories of five women and their period hacks:
Samantha, 28 – Dropping my cigarette was my gig
Smoking isn’t something to be proud of, and I certainly regret it. But what I regret even more is smoking during my periods. Initially, it seemed fine, but as I crossed the age of 27, my cramps became unbearable. Desperate for distraction, I turned to smoking again. The result? The cramps intensified, and even over-the-counter painkillers couldn’t alleviate them.
A quick online search made me realize that smoking could be the cause of my excruciating pain. It was an eye-opener. So, I decided to quit smoking during my next cycle. At first, reducing the number of cigarettes didn’t make much difference. But by the third month of not smoking, my cramps had significantly improved. Not only did I reduce my smoking habit, but my cramps eased too.
Aditi, 32 – More salad and less salt pressed pause on my bloating
I turn into a monster when I get my periods. I devour everything in sight. But when water retention became a serious issue, I got concerned. I used to retain so much water that I would gain 2 to 3 kgs. It was uncomfortable, to say the least. My gynecologist advised me to avoid processed foods with high sodium content during my periods, as they caused excessive bloating.
Making a small change in my diet worked wonders. I cut back on junk food and stopped stocking them in my kitchen and fridge. Not only did my bloating reduce, but I also felt less cranky during my periods. This goes to show that small changes can make a big difference.
Mansi, 35 – Replacing tea with ajwain ka paani tamed my cramps
I’m a tea person, and I used to have 6 to 7 cups of tea a day. But during my periods, this habit made me irritable and caused acidity. I even vomited several times due to the excessive tea consumption. On top of that, my cramps became unbearable.
Thankfully, my mother came to my rescue and suggested I try ajwain tea. She boiled a teaspoon of ajwain in 250 ml of water. The results were astounding. The ajwain tea worked like magic – it reduced bloating, eased cramps, controlled acidity, and even helped me lose weight. So, replacing my masala chai with ajwain tea was a win-win.
Latika, 27 – An ottoman saved me from swollen feet
During my periods, my feet used to swell. My doctor taught me a simple trick that I still use to this day. When sitting, I rest my feet on an ottoman instead of letting them hang. This small change has helped me reduce swelling in my feet, especially during my monthly cycle.
Nancy, 32 – Skipping lemon water literally helps me with cramps
I don’t know if it’s scientifically proven, but skipping lemon water and sour foods have a significant impact on reducing my cramp pain. Though some may say it doesn’t work, it makes a world of difference to me. That’s why it’s my go-to hack for dealing with period cramps.
In conclusion, these women have found their own unique ways to deal with the challenges of PMS. It’s important to remember that what works for one person may not work for another. So, don’t be afraid to try different hacks until you find what works best for you.