Periods pretty much suck… period. I can’t think of one person who is like, “oh, I just love shedding my uterine liner every month, it’s so beautiful”. haha Um, no. When I think of my dreaded time of the month, I think of curling up in the fetal position from cramps that feel like a little baby demon clawing at the inside of my stomach. I think of walking around feeling bloated like the Michelin man and craving everything in sight. Not to mention, the cravings and emotions. Oh… and period poops… nuff said. And the fact that we have to go through this hell once a month for the majority of our lives is just not fair. Ok, I’ve made my point.
I think we can all agree that being on your period is just no fun.
I’ve recently discovered some things that really help make your period less painful, more convenient and overall, just a little less sucky. So ladies, if you’re ready to change the period game, keep reading.
Viv Wellness is a company I learned about a year or so ago and that I was super skeptical of at first. Their mission is “Periods without pain or shame, empowering women to be their best every day of the month.” I absolutely love that. They’re all about holistic, herbal supplements to help get rid of PMS and cramps during your menstrual cycle. Let me preface this by saying, that I’m pretty much an Ibuprofen addict and was freaking out about not taking it to help with my cramps. I was literally fearful of the pain I was going to be in. Nonetheless, I sampled the Perfect Period Pack and it comes with one bottle of Unwind and another of Relieve. Unwind is for the 2nd half of your cycle and Relieve is for the days you’re on your period. I will say it’s an adjustment. In the same way that you have to adjust to taking your multi-vitamin every morning or birth control every day, you have to adjust to taking a dropperful or more of the product 3 times a day.
But, I will also say, I was very pleasantly surprised. They do warn you that the first month, your cramps and PMS won’t just vanish completely, but that over the first 3 months, you’ll really start to feel the change and it’s true! I was so shocked that I could manage my pain and not have to fill my body with tons of medicine. I can’t say that I’ve stuck to using Viv 100%, just because it requires you to keep up with the routine and I’m not always the best about that, but I was really happy with the results and do like the product when I remember to use it correctly.
So, I was really weirded out about the Diva Cup. I’ve been using tampons since about the 7th grade and I’m pretty content with how those work, but I really wanted to give this a try for a couple of reasons. For one, I hate how much money I spend on tampons. I mean, in the scheme of things, it’s really not that much money, but it is one more monthly cost to add on top of everything else and I feel like I go through boxes of them so quickly. The Huffington Post calculated how much money the average woman spends on tampons in her lifetime… check it out.
1 tampon every 6 hours (on average) = 4 tampons per day x 5 days of a period (mine lasts 7! ) = 20 tampons per cycle x 456 periods = 9,120 tampons. At 36 tampons per box, that’s 253.3 boxes x $7 = $1,773.33
Secondly, I hate thinking about how my tampon usage affects the environment. According to the Huffington Post’s calculations above, you use about 9,120 tampons in your lifetime. I recently read that this year, they’ve calculated that there are about 7.5 billion people in the world. I’m guessing about 50% of those are women, give or take. So 3.75 billion women x 9,120 tampons = 34.2 billion dirty tampons filling up our landfills and stopping up our sewer system in each woman’s lifetime. It’s kind of sad.
Back to the Diva Cup though. It’s a sustainable, easy-to-use, cost effective and eco-friendly menstrual cup. To use it, you fold it in half and insert it into your vagina. It suctions and stays up there, similar to a tampon. Then, when it’s time, you remove it from your body, empty it and wash it with warm soap and water. Trust me, I know how weird and awkward this sounds, but after you give it a few tries, it’s really not so bad. It doesn’t hurt at all and it really is effective for containing your period. One thing is that I would never, ever want to have to empty and clean it at work, but as long as you can time it so that you do that at home, it’s really great!
*Although I was given free products to sample, I was not paid to post about this product!
So when I first saw Thinx, I totally thought, those are so weird and must feel like a diaper. I figured why not give them a try though. They call themselves the period panties for the modern woman and they come in several different types, from thongs to hiphuggers, high-waisted to briefs – and different color options. The way they work is that they are made of anti-microbial, moisture-wicking, absorbent and leak-resistant material – to fight bacteria and absorb liquid.
I’ll be honest, I was totally freaked out about using them. So… I started my period and put them on. One thing I had to adjust to was the fact that I hadn’t felt Aunt Flow come out of my body in a million years. I wear tampons and avoid pads like the plague, so that was a serious adjustment. However, I was surprised that they didn’t feel wet. They really were absorbing everything. I tried them out the first day of my period though and that was a mistake. I don’t think I have a super heavy flow, but I did wake up and have a tiny bit of blood in the bed. I contacted them though to ask their thoughts and all, and they mentioned that some girls need to wear them in conjunction with a tampon or cup the first day or two (they note this in the instructions, butttt I may or may not have read them in their entirety haha), but to give them another try on day 3. So I washed them and gave them another shot. On day 3, they worked like a charm! I was pretty comfortable and didn’t have to use any tampons. I was surprised that they felt dry and didn’t have a smell. Overall, I was pretty happy with them! If you want to make the switch and give them a try (you totally should), just click this link or the image below to get $10 off your pair! 🙂
When I’m on my period, the very last thing I ever want to do is go the gym. Seriously, all I want is to crawl under my covers, roll up into a ball with my heating pad and sleep my life away. However, I have found that if I can convince myself to just get up and do something with my body, it really does help. Now, I’m not saying go on a run (although tons of girls will tell you this helps), it just makes me cramp more and sometimes need to go to the bathroom, bathroom haha, but yoga is a super good way to ease your cramps, get a little workout in and give a little love to your body.
According to Do You Yoga, here are 6 yoga poses you can do to help relieve menstrual cramps.
- Child’s Pose
- Forward Fold
- Knees-to-Chest Pose
- Supine Twist
- Cat & Cow
Periods are never going to be fun or amazing or the highlight of your life, but there are definitely ways to make them more manageable, convenient and comfortable. Don’t suffer when there are tons of new ways to make PMSing a thing of the past. If you have more specific questions about any of the products, feel free to drop a comment or shoot me a message!
C’est la vie,