Cut out the cramps
Do you get stomach cramps and back pain during your period? You’re not alone. Many other girls do too. The pain you’re feeling is only the muscles in your uterus (womb) moving to release the lining.
Here are some tips to deal with the pain
- Getting your muscles moving can really help with cramps. Taking a walk with a friend or dancing to your favourite song can help take away the pain.
- Another way to ease cramps is a hot water bottle. Fill a bottle with hot water, wrap in a cloth and put it on your stomach
- Manage your mood. Do you cry easily during your period? Or get angry more quickly? It’s the hormones! Hormones are special messengers in the body that control many things, including how we feel. During your period, the levels can change a lot. That’s why sometimes you might feel in a bad mood or upset for no reason. Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with you.
- Skin in distress. Do pimples start popping out on your face around the time your period comes? It’s the hormones again. Lots of girls go through the same thing. Try to stay away from oily food, sugary soft drinks and sweets. Drinking lots of water will also help to flush your system and help fight pimple causing germs.
When to ask for help
All the things you’ve read so far are normal and no reason for worry. There are some things that are not normal. For example:
- You haven’t gotten your period for a few months
- Your period lasts longer than seven days.
- If you are bleeding very heavily and it’s not getting lighter by the day
- Your cramps are so bad that you can hardly move.
If any of this is happening to you, don’t keep quiet! Speak to a health worker, a trusted adult or visit the clinic immediately.
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