Period pain just seems really unnecessary when we have so many painkillers and different options available for everything else. I have recently come across some really incredible products that ease my period pain so much that sometimes it disappears completely. I unfortunately started my period very young. I was between 8 or 9, still in Primary School and hadn’t yet been taught about periods so I legitimately thought I was dying.
When they begun they were very heavy and very painful. I would become seriously anaemic and weak and would spend the week in bed. I went onto the pill to ease my periods and I would take them back to back to not have periods. Not recommended. I came off the pill just before I met Michael. Obviously not to have babies but to gain more control over my mental health and emotions. The pill definitely didn’t help my depression and coming off the pill helped my mood immensely.
My periods were super regular and easy to deal with, that was, up until post pregnancy. After I had Elara my periods grew in intensity and were back to week long periods of time in pain. With a toddler to look after it’s just not possible to spend the week in bed. And honestly I don’t want to write off one week of my life every month.
BeYOU Monthly patches*
I absolutely love the BeYou monthly matches and they are the top product to reduce period pain ever. I have been very kindly gifted a few of the patches recently but have previously tried them and I love them. I am wearing one right now as my period has just started. I will always be completely honest and open about everything. They look like massive plasters that you stick to your body wherever you get period pain. I usually stick mine on my lower tummy, just above your pubic hair line. Though be warned don’t get any pubes trapped in the sticky patch as it can be painful.
These patches release menthol and eucalyptus oil for up to 12 hours, reducing your pain. They are all natural, vegan and completely cruelty free. You can set up a subscription service for the monthly patches for just £5.99 a month. You receive 5 patches in one pack which see me though roughly 2/3 periods as I only normally get cramps for the first 2 days. You can set up your subscription here.
I will be writing a full review on my pad/tampon alternatives very soon. I have not tried any myself yet but I will be over the coming months. I just wanted to quickly mention that a lot of people have recommended menstrual cups or period underwear as great pain relievers while on your period. Again, I have not tried any myself so cannot comment. I am currently trialling some period underwear and will attempt to try a menstrual cup. I say try as I just don’t get along with tampons and a cup to me seems like a giant tampon.
Heat is a good old period cramp reliever. Hot bath. Hot Water Bottle. Wheat bags. There are tonnes of traditional heat related options but my current fave and my go to is a heated wheat bag. The one I have gives off the most gorgeous lavender scent which instantly relaxes me. The shape of the wheat bag lets me lay it across my tummy or back, whichever is bothering me, while I lie down.
Relaxing at home helps me a lot with any kind of pain too as I am in my safe place. I am a real home body and love nothing more than being at home with my little family. I like to relax as much as possible and take things easy as my anaemia can make me really light headed. I love to pick up a good book and lose myself for a few hours if Mike is home to watch Elara. If you are looking for a new book to read check out My Books I Recommend to Everyone post here. I would love to know what helps you with your period pain.