My Period Must Haves
As part of my series of posts for Endometriosis Awareness Month, I thought it would be great if I shared my period must-haves with you. These are things I need during my period as well as things I like to have on hand as they make me feel a little better (Trade Aid chocolate for example).
I want my periods to be as waste free as possible, but for various reasons I’m not going into, I don’t want to use a menstrual cup, so I bought reusable cloth pads from Enhanced Health and Lunapads instead. I wrote a review on the pads I bought from Lunapads and stand by everything I said. Cloth pads are comfortable as fuck, they're absorbent, and I love having a sustainable alternative to disposable pads.
Period pain sucks, period pain when you have endometriosis feels like Satan's spawn is trying to eat its way out of your uterus (sorry, not sorry for the visual).
My periods have been painful and a little heavy lately. so I have been prescribed tranexamic acid and buscopan, which have been working well for me so far. I also take paracetamol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen when needed. Before my first surgery, I took Ponstan (mefenamic acid) which in New Zealand you can get without a prescription from the chemist - it did the job, and I made sure I had some on me every month
A HOT WATER BOTTLE & A WHEAT PACK
My hot water bottle and wheat pack are essential items in cramp management. I tend to use them when I'm bed at night and am having difficulty getting to sleep because my cramps hurt so much. I possibly have them too hot, because I often end up with red marks all across my abdomen and get worried I could be cooking my insides (is that a thing?)
I love a bubble bath, but nothing beats good old bath salts when I'm on my period. I find soaking in Epsm salts distresses as well as relieves my cramps and muscle aches. This could be because Epsom salt is made up of magnesium and sulfate; magnesium is known to be a muscle relaxant and can also help produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical in the brain, while sulfate is a protein builder for your joints.
The PMS/period cravings are REAL. I tend to crave dairy, salt, sugar and ALL the carbs when I’m on my period; basically the food you should avoid when you have endometriosis as they can worsen the IBS type symptoms. Lately, I have been making sure I eat things like dark chocolate, fruit and whatever snacks from the health food store I find interesting, instead of all the cheese/ I’ve also been making sure to up my water intake, as well as drinking herbal teas that are low in caffeine around my period (as much as I love coffee caffeine can also make the IBS like symptoms of endometriosis worse).