You don’t change your pads or tampons enough
It doesn’t matter which one you use, but you should be checking every few hours to prevent leakages. For pads, check them every two to four hours depending on how heavy your flow is. As for tampons, you should always choose the one with the lowest absorbency needed for your flow to help avoid the risk of toxic shock syndrome. It’s a good rule of thumb to change your tampon every three to four hours, and definitely don’t exceed eight, especially if it’s a super-absorbent tampon.
You let your mood swings take over
Each month it never fails, you may feel your PMS symptoms are taking over your emotions. If you feed into that rollercoaster of emotions (especially the negative ones), all you’ll do end up feeling miserable for the rest of the week. Instead, ease PMS symptoms by trying to do things that make you happy, like listening to your favourite song, going for a light jog, or watching your favourite TV show.
You don’t drink enough water
When you’re on your period, you experience hormonal fluctuations in your oestrogen and progesterone levels. As your oestrogen and progesterone levels ebb and flow throughout your menstrual cycle, your body retains more water and slows down its digestion, which can cause uncomfortable constipation, wind, and bloating. But there is a simple solution to this problem: water. Staying hydrated during your period is a great way to fight the bloat and flush waste out of your system. “Drinking lots of water means you’ll urinate it all out,” says Dr Paik. “Eating lean proteins, snacking on almonds, fruits, beans, and green leafy vegetables like spinach can also help avoid bloating.”
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