PMS - OUCH! That achy, sore, fatigued feeling you get that takes over your entire body and often times makes it so you don't even want to move. I feel ya! My favorite pair of baggy sweatpants and a bowl of PB & Chocolate Ice Cream become my new best friends when PMS strikes. So how can we relieve these symptoms naturally? Read on for some great suggestions!
It's important to speak with a medical care provider about your menstrual health before trying any natural remedies.
Use Minerals & Supplements Such As...
Minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, may play a role in relieving menstrual pain. Vitamins such as Vitamin D are also considered effective in relieving menstrual pain. Studies show that women who take these supplements may have less pain than those who do not.
Try A Hot Water Bottle
One of the quickest ways to give cramps the boot is to grab your hot water bottle! Just fill it up, wrap it in a towel (if needed) and place it on your abdomen. Grab a cup of your favorite warm beverage to add an extra layer of warmth to your innards. If you don’t have a hot water bottle, try a hot bath instead…
Enjoy A Hot Bath
Full body warmth from your head to your toes - just what you need if you have an achy body everywhere.
Get Foot Massages
Or full body massages. Often times PMS affects more than just our abdomen, and we may experience soreness everywhere (such as your lower back). Massages are a great way to help relieve this discomfort.
Having sex with orgasm relieves the pain. The movements of the muscles keep the blood away from the parts in pain, relieving pain.
Ditch The Alcohol
Drinking alcohol may make PMS worse - it may also make the symptoms last longer. No one wants that, right??
Yoga / Exercise
Exercise, including Yoga, is great for natural relief of cramps and many other symptoms associated with PMS. Here's a few poses you can try (find the full article where we talk about even more poses you can try here)!
Before you practice any of these poses, make sure you check in with yourself. If anything feels uncomfortable, causes you discomfort or pain, back out of the pose. Most importantly, remember to breathe during these poses – an easy steady breathe can help calm your mind, relax your body, and ease your menstrual cramps.
Child’s Pose or Frog Pose A great resting place, Child’s Pose is often a staple pose in yoga classes. This pose is not only a great resting place during a difficult Hatha Yoga session, it’s also a great way to gently open your hips and relax your back. To enter into this pose, transition into a table top (hands and knees, with wrists under shoulders and knees hip width apart). Sink down until your arms are outstretched and your butt is on your heels. Bring your big toes together, if that feels comfortable, and melt into the shape. For an even deeper stretch, widen your knees and separate your feet, sinking down into Frog Pose.
Twist Reclined (Shiva Twist) or Standing This pose feels ah-ma-zing on the lower back – and we all know how sore that can be during PMS. This pose is a great stretch, twisting our legs across our body – it is not recommended for anyone who may have back injuries or pain. For this pose you will begin reclined on your back (although you can also take this pose standing if you’d prefer – as pictured). Pull your right leg into your chest, and then bring your knee across your body, dropping down to the left. Keep your upper body reclined as best as possible to enjoy the benefits of this stretch. You can extend your right arm out or bend into a goal post. Repeat on the left side when ready.
Bound Angle or Reclined Bound Angle Another great pose for hip opening is the Bound Angle pose (a.k.a. Butterfly Pose). There were many days in gym class where we’d stretch in this pose, and as an adult we still get to enjoy the benefits. For this pose, begin seated, bringing your feet together until the soles of your feet kiss. For a deeper stretch, you can either fold forward over your feet or try bringing your heels closer to your body. If you would like to be gentler on your back, you can also take this pose reclined.
Your diet can cause more harm that good when it comes to PMS. You may want to watch your salt intake. Salt may cause your body to bloat and retain water. Also watch out for foods that can cause an inflammatory effect, for example sugar, dairy, and trans fat.
Not getting enough sleep during your period? This could make symptoms worse. Lack of sleep may cause anxiety, body soreness, and other problems that we'd rather avoid, so make sure you're getting plenty of rest and relaxation!
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Hello! I am a new-intern at Sckoon, Shizuha. Today I will be sharing my 5 must-have items for any trip!
1: Flip Flops
Make sure to pack a pair of flip flops EVERYWHERE you go. They can be used as room slippers, flight slippers, casual sandals, beach sandals, shower sandals and more. I would recommend that you to buy a pair of expendable but cute flip flops to be suitable for any occasion!
2: Laundry Nets for Post-Vacation Indulgence
Bring various sizes of laundry nets and use them instead of packing cubes. Once you go home, all you need to do is to throw them into a washing machine!
3: Easter eggs for beauty sponge
If you love your makeup sponge but always are annoyed your make-up bag gets wet when carrying it, I know your struggle. Wrap your sponge in some tissues to soak up moisture, and use a leftover Easter egg cup as a cute and effective case. You will never need to worry about wetting and ruining your favorite make-up brush.
4: Water Bottle and Dried Fruits
If you love fruit infused water like me, or simply want to spice up your daily hydration, make sure to bring your own water bottle and dried fruits! It's sometimes difficult to get fresh fruits and store them on a trip, so dried fruits are the way to go! Put some dried fruits of your choice into your water bottle, and rest it overnight. Add in ice cubes the next morning and your infused water is ready to go!
5: Sckoon Cup!
Bring your own Sckoon Cups in case of an emergency! Pads and tampons take up a lot of space in your luggage, especially when you are on a mission to pack lightly, but just can't leave behind your favorite top. Whether or not you know your period is coming, squeeze the silicon cup into your suitcase — it literally takes up no space, yet you are guaranteed to be worry free whether you’re chilling on the beach or hiking in the mountains! Check out Sckoon Cups here: https://www.sckoon.com/collections/clothmenstrualpads-menstrual-cup
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If you're new to menstrual cups, you may be wondering where to start? Here at Sckoon, we want to help you be as informed as possible! That's why we've pulled together all the great resources we have throughout our website in to one space.
First things first, you may be wondering what SIZE to get? Menstrual cups can look intimidating - if you don't fold them, they appear a lot wider than a tampon. You may find yourself wondering "THAT goes WHERE????"
Here's the good news - menstrual cups should be made using soft, safe materials that can bend, fold, and move with your body. Practice one of our suggested fold techniques (listed below), and you'll see just how small your Sckooncup can get:
Perfect! Now that we've picked a menstrual cup fold (we recommend starting with one of the first three listed above), we now need to learn how to insert and remove our cup.
Inserting and removing takes time. It's recommended you give your new cup (and yourself) about 3 months for trial and error. It's also recommended you DO NOT try inserting your menstrual cup for the first time as a "dry run." We know you may be tempted, but inserting your cup may be easier on a heavier flow day. For more information on inserting and removing your cup, head to our How To Insert & Remove A Menstrual Cup blog post.
Last, but certainly not least, let's talk about a few of the questions you may have in our FAQ's below.