Every woman’s menstrual cycle is different. That’s why it’s important to establish a routine that helps tame the symptoms that come with your ‘Time of the Month.’ If you feel hormonal changes and experience menstrual cramps, bloating, mood swings, and irritability, it’s because your body is adapting to your cycle. When these symptoms worsen, it’s cause for alarm and time to visit Dr. Wilburn of Genesis Women’s Health Services.
Preparing & Tending to Your Period
Some of the ways you can take good care of yourself during your menstrual cycle include:
- Prepare for your period with a Period Tracker. The mobile app is easy to use and very informative. Many companies offer their versions of Period Trackers for Apple and Android mobile device users. Download one and see if you like the format. If you don’t, you can delete it and start over again. You’ll have knowledge that your cycle is coming and be better prepared for it.
- Use a heating pad if your cramps aren’t too severe. You can make your own that you put in the microwave or opt for an electrical heating pad with adjustable settings. Make sure you do not put the pad on bare skin as it could burn you bad. Instead, place it in the area that is cramping on top of your clothing. Make sure that you’re laying down when you do this to prevent it from slipping off you.
- Drink special cramp-reducing tea. There are many varieties that include ingredients that help with menstrual cramps. Look for one that you can buy in bulk and drink throughout your cycle. This will help you feel better because warmth helps with cramping.
- Soak in the tub with Epsom salts. You’ll get the magnesium that you need to stop cramping. A good warm soak loosens muscles and helps you sleep, too. If you find that all you can think about is your menstrual cramps, this is one of the easiest and most effective solutions for relaxing your mind and body.
Let Dr. Wilburn know how your menstrual cycle changed when you schedule an appointment to meet with her. She’ll do a thorough exam and come up with options that help you deal with the symptoms that you’re experiencing. Keeping track of what you’re experiencing in a notebook or symptom tracking app is one way to help Dr. Wilburn get to know what’s going on with your body.