By: Lovely del Mundo
The Red Letter Day. Ok, I am not talking about receiving a love letter this Valentines day. St. Valentines won’t be related too in my further discussion.
Here’s a hint…
Only women receives red letter day every month.
Guess what is it? …..3,2,1….
Yes, it’s the “monthly period”or Menstruation.
In science, it is defined a normal vaginal bleeding that occurs as part of a woman’s monthly cycle. Every month, your body prepares for pregnancy. If no pregnancy occurs, the uterus, or womb, sheds its lining. The menstrual blood is partly blood and partly tissue from inside the uterus. It passes out of the body through the vagina. Source: MedlinePlus
In my experience, it makes my life hard by having PMS every 1st day of my period especially when the first drop of blood happens early in the morning. It will start when my knees feels weak, I am feeling cold, I just want to lie down on the bed and there’s an extreme pain on my lower abdomen. (That’s menstrual cramps). It will all happen. I even cry sometimes because of the pain. Then, I might vomit and have LBM. Bare with my total pale face and messy hair . (If you can see me suffering.) I really prefer staying at home during this moment.
I remember when I was in college, I even fainted during a seminar in UP Diliman because of my period. I have doubts before if it was still normal to happen until my mom told me that she was like that also before. I adapted this sickness from her (which I hate). When I am being sent to the university clinic, the nurse will tell me that it’s normal and having a husband ( + having kids) will help to solve this biological problem in my uterus. Overall, I don’t like the experience of having a dysmenorrhea for a long time already. It’s inconvenient when I need to work.
I do some personal remedy for PMS like:
- Putting hot compress on my lower abdomen
- Putting some oil on my abdomen
- Drinking hot water or Salabat (ginger ale)
- Drinking wine (prior to PMS day)
- Eating hot noodles
- Raising my legs and feet up when lying down
- BEST REMEDY is taking a NAP or SLEEP for 30 – 45 minutes
I avoid taking medicine because I might be immune and won’t kill the pain anymore EXCEPT if I am in work to ease the pain faster.
Here are some studies how to avoid PMS:
- Clean up your diet
- Take Supplements
- Get moving.
- Address stress.
- Try alternative therapies.
Read more here: Dr. Mark Hyman
So if you are like me, who’s suffering from menstrual cramps every month , share your experiences by leaving a comment below. #agirlthing.