We have all been there—the bloating, cramping, and a constant worry of whether or not you’re ‘leaking’.
But your period doesn't have to be something you dread. When I start my period, I take the time to appreciate my body. I think about how strong it is, and what my body is capable of.
There are also multiple products that make “that time of the month again” way less of a hassle.
Number one rule; be prepared. Make sure you know when your period is coming. There is nothing worse than being caught off guard, wearing the wrong underwear at a place you need to look professional. If you struggle with irregular periods there are very helpful apps that track ovulation so that your period won’t sneak up on you again. Some of my favorites are Eve and Flo Period Tracker.
Even if you are lucky enough to have consistent periods the apps do much more than just letting you know when your next period is. You can also track your mood and symptoms daily, allowing you to see trends over time. Some set helpful reminders to take birth control and others recommend optimal times to have sex if you are trying to become pregnant. I recommend trying a few apps out in order see which one fits your lifestyle most.
My next recommendation is to be mindful of what you’re putting in your vagina—just like everything else we put in our bodies. It’s rather a crazy thing to think about, but the FDA doesn't require companies to disclose what is in their feminine hygiene products. To me, it’s a no-brainer to avoid feminine products that contain toxic ingredients. We avoid certain foods every day based on what is in them so why wouldn't we do the same for our feminine care? Two products without any toxins or harsh chemicals are the DivaCup and LOLA.
The DivaCup is a small reusable cup used in place of a tampon. They are made from 100% healthcare grade silicone and promises 12 hours of leak-proof protection. The DivaCup is also completely reusable, reducing the cost and waste of tampons and pads. I especially like the DivaCup for travel and camping because you only need to carry one product with you.
If you want to stay with traditional products, LOLA is a company that customizes products based on your needs. You can choose from a variety of tampons and pads made from 100% organic cotton that are conveniently mailed to you. This company also gives back to the community by donating tampons and pads to low-income females who do not have the means or access to feminine products.
At the end of the day, everyone experiences their period slightly differently. That’s why it is important to listen to your body and to choose quality products that make “that time of the month” that much easier.