I have fairly regular irregular periods. I know to expect mine every 6 weeks (don’t worry, I’ve seen doctors about it!) and that it’ll be a bloody beast of one, if you’ll pardon the pun, which is convenient and inconvenient in all of its very own ways. The six-week margin means I can comfortably indulge in lengthier holidays and lounge around with not a care in the world, but it also means that I suffer with crippling period pains that mean I often take a solid hour to get out of bed or convince myself to get up from a seat. Like many, I pretty much become Professor Umbridge (aka a demented bat, albeit a magical one) when my period rolls around and so I have a failsafe kit and ritual to get through.
My mate Kristen and I strongly believe in feeding your period. Not about that ‘pizza and chocolate will worsen your cramps’ life. If I want a pizza, I’m bloody having one. Temporary fixes and all ;) After all, nothing much beats comfort food, amirite?
When it comes to the whole pad vs. tampon debate, I’m firmly back in the pad camp these days. I read a horrendous article about a woman losing a leg and another losing her life after suffering from Toxic Shock Syndrome via a forgotten tampon and, you know what? I’m forgetful and anxious enough already. A sanitary towel is simple and comfortable to use for me and fits in nicely to my Mish Can’t Swim Anyway lifestyle. I strongly recommend these ones from Veeda. They’re made from 100% natural cotton and just feel pretty damn nice, as far as things go. In Hong Kong I used an organic cotton brand from South Korea and I was desperate to find something similar back home in England, and these tick all the boxes. So comfortable, kind on the skin and kind to the environment too! I hate the clammy feeling from the Always varieties, if ya get my drift.
Short of the whole avoiding my faithful white wardrobe and all that jazz, I suppose my other TOM tips and tricks include avoiding caffeine (for me it enhances pain from cramps) and replacing my morning coffee with a mug of Korean honey and ginger tea, running a long bath a day before your period is due - any excuse to crack out a The Comforter Bubble Bar, and, if you can stand it, some light yoga and a long walk. And failing that? Grab a pet, pop Netflix on and watch several episodes of vintage Gossip Girl.
Trust me, we’ve got this girls.