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9 Things No Woman Should Do During Her Period!

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Whether you’ve had your first period or you’ve lost count of how many you’ve had over the years, menstruation comes with its own set of “do’s” and “don’ts”! It’s in your best interest to follow them, as not following these rules often leads to serious troubles that are undesirable in your life – especially during “that time of the month”!

So, if you already have an idea of what you should do during your period (warmers, lots of water, eating chocolate and fruit), you may not be very familiar with what not to do.

If you’ve been wondering what you shouldn’t do during your period, here’s a complete list of things you absolutely shouldn’t do during your period. You don’t want that kind of trouble!

Don’t use the same tampon or pad for too long
Regardless of your choice between a tampon and a sanitary napkin, you should not wear the same tampon for many hours. Wearing the same tampon for long periods of time can increase the chance of infection as well as skin rashes and even TSS (or toxic shock syndrome), which can be fatal if you leave the tampon in for hours (1). Therefore, if you prefer pads, change them at least every 6 hours. As for tampons, every 2-3 hours is ideal.
Don’t use feminine cleansers for your buttocks
In fact, don’t use them even when you’re not menstruating! Vaginal washings can increase the risk of vaginal infections and even upset the natural pH balance of your intimate areas, which is contrary to what they claim (2). If you want to wash, lukewarm water will suffice. Just make sure that you wash in a downward direction so as not to contaminate your rectum. As for rashes on pads, wipe your lady parts dry and clean to prevent them.

Do not wax or shave.
When you have your period, estrogen levels drop, which means that if you hurt yourself during this time, you will feel more pain than before because of the increased sensitivity. That’s why it’s best not to shave or wax during this time. Postponing a visit to the dentist during your period also makes sense, especially if you have a tooth extraction!
Don’t skip meals
During your period, your body needs a lot of energy to cope with cramps and mood swings. Depriving yourself of food will only lower your energy levels, so be sure to eat.
Don’t give up unhealthy foods.
Eating during menstruation is very important, and eating right is even more important. Menstruation is unpleasant, so it is common to seek solace in unhealthy foods or foods high in sodium. However, unhealthy foods will only increase discomfort by causing fluid retention (3). That’s why it’s better to eat healthy foods.
Avoid dairy products.
Dairy products should be avoided during menstruation. Although calcium is helpful at this time, it is better to take it in the form of supplements rather than from dairy products. Dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurt, etc., contain a type of acid known as “arachidonic acid,” which can greatly aggravate lower abdominal cramps (4). So avoid dairy products, as well as pork, beef, turkey and chicken, as they all contain large amounts of this acid.
Don’t lead a sedentary lifestyle.
Even if you want to curl up in a ball and lie in bed in just your underwear all day, don’t do it. A sedentary lifestyle will divert your attention to your period pain, which can make it worse. Actually, rest is not the way to solve the problem, but exercise is! Exercise can not only relieve menstrual cramps, but also improve your overall well-being (5). Aerobics is the best exercise!
Don’t make appointments when you’re menstruating.
As mentioned before, because of low estrogen levels in the body during menstruation, sensitivity to pain increases significantly. Therefore, it is better not to schedule any appointments at this time that may cause pain (e.g. waxing, threading, visiting the dentist, etc.). Leave them for a later date.
Don’t give in to mood swings
Mood swings are probably the worst part of menstruation, and they can get even worse if you give in to them. Instead of pouring oil on your mood swings, take a vacation and do something that brings you joy, like reading a book or going for a walk. This can save you from a lot of unpleasant situations!

Consider these 9 “bans” as rules you must follow if you want your period to be relatively uncomfortable. And since it’s all in your hands, following them won’t seem so difficult!

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