Did you know that a woman is expected to have 450 menstrual cycles on average in her lifetime? Ideally, a cycle lasts for 28 days, so you can imagine that for a large part of your life, you'll have to tackle extreme emotions and the sudden rush of hormones.
Although this is a natural phenomenon, lack of knowledge and certain lifestyle habits can lead to various health related problems. In fact, according to a study conducted by Ibn Sina National College for Medical Sciences, Jeddah, about 21.6% women in Saudi Arabia suffered from Oligo and 21.3% reported polymenorrhea. Another problem, dysmenorrhea, accounted for 60% to 90% of the cases of absenteeism from schools.
Bloating, mood swings, painful cramping, etc, are common during the menstrual cycle but people often mistake them as 'normal' which isn't the case.
Tips for a Healthy Menstrual Cycle
- Decrease Sugar and Caffeine Consumption
Sugar, alcohol, tea and chocolate have one thing in common. All of them are inflammatory and can lead to many of the problems mentioned above during the periods. They increase the estrogen level in your body and turn you into the Hulk in just few minutes. So, try to reduce the amount of sugar and caffeine you consume during this time and observe the results for yourself.
- Avoid Cold or Raw Food
Cold and raw foods require extra effort to digest and can even weaken the digestive system. The temperature can also constrict the flow of Qi and blood, which can lead to several menstrual problems. The uterus is highly vulnerable to cold weather and surfaces, so try to avoid swimming in cold water and dress properly during the winter. This will help with menstrual cramps and infertility.
Irrespective of your medical situation, you should always exercise to stay fit and healthy. During your menstrual cycle, do not involve yourself in extensive workouts but do ensure some easy exercises, such as Yoga and stretching. They will help you achieve better blood flow and also ensure that you get enough rest to relax your muscles.
- Manage Stress
Stress can disrupt the hormone signals, worsening the situation. Take out some time from work, go out with your friends or get involved in activities that you enjoy. It will have a positive impact on your mental and physical state.
- Choose the Right Protection
If you suffer from painful cramps or endometriosis, regularly avoiding the use of tampons is recommended, since they may cause blood stagnation. Instead, opt for a sanitary pad made of a material that suits your skin type. Choosing the right sanitary product can help you stay clean and dry, and therefore remain healthy.