Today I am at that time of the month when I have written on the forehead the following warning:

“Before you talk think about what you are going to tell me, and if you are sure to have relevant information to convey, make sure you do it in a low tone as if whispering so as not to wake up the baby in me. Any word said out of context and/or blunt may trigger a crying crisis. ”

I confess that on some days even the noise of my interlocutor’s breath causes me a mighty irritation. Accompanying all this state of inner calamity and psychosomatic fragility, fatigue and pain in the lower abdomen are strong reasons to wish to retreat to the mountain for at least 5 days.

At this point, you have identified yourselves (or perhaps not) with my outburst … and also have already realized that I am talking about MENSTRUATION.

Are there culprits? Yes, the hormones.

I have already tried to convince my family that the best for everyone would be to exile myself at a SPA this time of the month … but the appeal was immediately denied because apparently they prefer to put up with me (they are such sweeties!).

But life goes on and the menstrual flow appears every month during those 2 to 3 days (yes: I know there are worse cases, and no, this does not minimize my monthly pain), so the best is really to find ways to relieve the blessed symptoms.

Although a bucket of ice cream and good chocolate do as immediate comfort, I know that in the long run the pants will stop fitting. And this always degenerates into an additional nerve attack as we debate in epic struggle against buttoning.

But then how to ease the discomfort?

 When the pain is mild, an immersion bath with lukewarm water might be a solution, but since we have to save water, I apply heat to the pelvic area with a bag of warm water or seeds heated in the microwave.

Regular exercise is optimal because it stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s natural “analgesic.” Learning to relax (yoga and meditation) is also important because the rested body is less vulnerable to pain.

If the pain is severe, it may be necessary to take an analgesic or an anti-inflammatory pill.

There are also different reactions from different women to different painkillers, so consult your pharmacist for more personalized information.

In addition to pain, there may be other associated symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and headache. These are treated individually according to their presence or absence, and the intensity with which they affect you.

If the pain persists despite all measures, of course you should consult your family doctor.

ALERT – when there is more than one woman under the same roof, the planets seem to align themselves and all, at the same time of the month, show the same signs and symptoms, advising therefore all the masculine elements to have a lot of patience and be VERY affectionate.

(The study that tried to demonstrate this phenomenon has been criticized a lot and probably the effect is only a bunch of biases, fallacies and coincidences but just in case, extra care never goes amiss, does it? 😉 )

If in doubt, ask your pharmacist.


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