Periods can be tough. Whether it is enduring the emotionally heavy symptoms or dealing with painful cramps, bloating and a moody vaginal health, one cannot ignore the fact that there are so many dilemmas and problems that we shy away from discussing with our gynaecologists. Especially when it comes to handling everyday activities linked with periods. So today, we have a top-notch gynaecologist telling us about what we shouldn’t ignore during our periods. Mentioned below are 7 such things Dr. Gayatri Deshpande, Sr. Consultant, Gynaecologist at BLK Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi simply wants you to STOP doing during your period that will benefit you in the long run.
Physical Overexertion – During menstruation, blood supply increases around the pelvic organs like uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and vagina. Also, there are certain chemicals like prostaglandins which are responsible for pain and heavy bleeding. These chemicals may become more active because of the physical exertion and result in excessive pain and bleeding. So we should probably avoid overexertion like kick boxing or a run and opt for a calming yoga session instead.
Not changing sanitary napkins every 6-8 hours – Sanitary napkins soak the menstrual blood and convert it into gel form. Not changing sanitary pads every 6-8 hours can cause rashes on the vulva-vagina and inner parts of thighs. It can also result in a bad odour if not changed at regular intervals.
Using unhygienic lavatories – Unhygienic lavatories, particularly while changing pads, can be risky. Usage of tissue paper as well as the water at the lavatory can cause infections. In this regard, it should be a priority to maintain hygienic lavatories in offices and public places.
Intercourse without condoms – Ideally one should avoid intercourse during periods, however some women can indulge in sexual activity when the bleeding is relatively less i.e on the fourth day of the cycle. The use of condoms will be more comfortable for both partners and will prevent chances of vaginal and urinary infections.
Getting dehydrated – During periods, there is always a chance of excessive blood flow which can result in exhaustion and fatigue. This will further worsen if adequate fluids are not consumed during this period. Hence, one must take care to have an adequate intake of water, coconut water, buttermilk, juices and soups.
Consuming foods that cause constipation – Hormones like progesterone can cause constipation. Consuming refined foods such as noodles, burgers, pasta and pizza among others, can worsen the constipation tendency. These are the foods to not eat during your period. Instead, one should have more fruits, fresh vegetables and salads particularly in pre-menstrual and menstrual phases.
Excess medication for menstrual cramps – Menstrual cramps can manifest themselves as backache, lower abdominal cramps or severe leg pain which is quite normal and is seen in more than 50% of women. If these symptoms interfere with your normal activities like school, college or office work, you should not hesitate to seek treatment from a gynaecologist. There are certain vitamins available which reduce the chances of severe dysmenorrhea. You can use hot fomentation or local liniment to reduce backache. Some women may require painkillers like Mefanamic Acid or Ibuprofen. However, one must take minimum medication and only after consultation with a gynaecologist.
Using a rash-free sanitary pad is also important to ensure you have a safe and healthy period. Nua sanitary pads do not have any chemicals on the top layer and come with wider backs for a rash-free and leakage-proof period.
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