- Working out (keeps your weight under control & decreases constipation)
- Lay off salty foods (salt retains water and dehydrates you)
- Try not to use artificial sweeteners (causes diarrhea and gas, adds to your bloating)
If you’re feeling constantly bloated for a few weeks, feel full when you’re eating, or have changes in your urination/defecation, please see a doctor to make sure you’re healthy. These can be signs of potential ovarian cancer or other diseases.
Doing some light exercises and stretches can help with the puffy feelings and un-cramp the tightened areas. Generally lying on your back and taking deep breaths will help, or you can rub the cramped area and placing a heating pad on it. Ibuprofen is helpful as well. Some other options for those who prefer a herbal alternative are different teas containing ginger, chamomile, and red raspberry leaves. These herbs have healing properties that aid in stomach discomfort and cramping. Other foods to consider area whole grains, raw dairy or limiting your dairy intake, limiting your meat and egg intake (high in the inflammant, arachidonic acid), and eating more fruits and veggies.
- Egyptian women used softened papyrus, Roman women used animal skins, African women used rolls of dried grass, and other women around the world used wool.
- Women in the 20th century would use rags to stop the flow (not much of a problem during that age because women had a lot less to eat and tended to have more children). Hence the term “on the rag”.
- Also in the 20th century, disposable pads were made to be pinned into women’s underwear. Later, a belt was made to hold the pad into place. They were apparently very uncomfortable, making you hate everyone during your period more than usual. I asked my mom, given her first-hand experience.
- Women in the 1800’s didn't use anything, but wore black underwear to hide the stains.
- Eventually, women used sponges to prevent bleeding. They were also used as a form of contraception and douches (that’s also in this blog).
- Menstrual cups were invented in 1937 to collect…well, you know. It lost popularity due to it the mess that came with it, but eventually made a comeback in the 90’s and is still used today.
- Tampons started in the 30’s, but only began adding women in their ads in the 50’s and 60’s. These tampons also came in boxes of “tampon panties” which were worn in addition to tampons to prevent further leaks. It looked like they started in the 60’s and they only cost $1.00!
- In the late 1960’s, pads with adhesive strips were invented to replace the belt/pinning methods. This idea was amazing and revolutionary, and it’s still the way pads are created today. A word of caution: don’t get the adhesive near your pubic hairs. You will cry.
- Today we have multiple varieties of menstrual products, including reusable pads!
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Interesting Information of the Week (this is a new thing)!
There are websites that talk about how marijuana aids in coping with period pains, specifically how and which types of cannabis to use. I found this site that had a simple yet informative article on this topic.