Yes! We all hate the cramps and awkwardness that occur with most periods. However, a few bad habits can turn this minor inconvenience into a truly life threatening event. You should be careful to avoid doing these 6 things during periods because they can be quite dangerous.
Increasing Your Stress Levels
High amounts of pain cause an increase in cortisol, the hormone associated with stress. High cortisol levels increase your risk of insomnia-related accidents, high blood pressure, and even strokes. Therefore, you should avoid doing any other painful items, like getting a wax, during your period. This can cause excessively high stress levels that can be dangerous.
Not Eating or Drinking
It is natural to avoid food when you feel sick and crampy, but it is not wise. Women are more likely to become malnourished or dehydrated during their period. This occurs because they lose so much fluid and blood during menstruation. Even if you feel bad, you still need to eat. Dehydration also makes cramps worse, so you should try to drink enough water.
Making Love Without Protection
Because you are not ovulating during your period, many women assume it is fine to have unprotected lovemaking. Though the pregnancy chances are lower, it is still possible for a woman to become pregnant. The risk of catching a STD is even higher during a period. Therefore, you should always use protection while lovemaking.
Wearing Pads/tampons for Too Long
Many women make the mistake of thinking it is ok to wear the same pad for up to 10 hours. However, the warm, moist environment of pads tends to encourage bacterial growth. This can lead to dangerous infections in the reproductive and urinary systems. Follow the instructions on the package to avoid wearing a pad for too long.
Exercising Too Much
Light exercise before a period can reduce a woman’s cramps during bleeding times. However, a woman’s body is already under so much stress during her period. A team of Australian researchers found that women were more likely to have exercising injuries on their periods. This happens because the hips, knees, and legs tend to move differently during this time of the month.
Eating Dairy Products
Any food product that contains dairy also contains arachidonic acids. These compounds can make menstrual cramps much worse during a period. If you eat a lot of ice cream and other dairy products on your period, it can increase cramping. Since cramps cause so many health issues, you should try to lower dairy intake during menstruation.