No matter how grateful you are when your period arrives, it doesn’t lessen the pain of dysmenorrhea and all the hassles it brings, not to mention the constant paranoia about getting a stain. So what’s a woman to do on red letter days when all she wants to do is curl up in bed in agony?
Well, not all women suffer menstrual cramps, but if you happen to be one of the unlucky many, there are several things you can do to manage it. Here are some of them.
1. Take a warm soothing bath. Heat improves blood flow, which in turn provides relief. Try incorporating Yoko Spa Milk Salts into your bath, giving yourself a full body scrub, to turn your bath time into a spa experience.
2. Wash and get refreshed down there at least twice (in the morning and before bed) or before you change your pads, so you’re more comfortable. Try Human Nature’s Natural Feminine Wash that’s specifically for Red Days.
3. Load up on calcium, Vitamin C, and antioxidants, known to reduce and effectively treat PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) and period pain. Take these through a supplement like Calcium-Cee, which is a good source of both Vitamin C and calcium while being gentle on the stomach. It does not cause gastric irritation, which I found I’m more susceptible to whenever I have my period.
4. Tap into the pain reducing abilities of anion. Also known as negative ions, which are naturally found in the ocean surf, waterfalls, and mountain air, among other sources, research shows that it also improves alertness and relaxes people who are in severe pain. You can get your regular supply of anions when you have your period through Jeunesse Anion’s five variants of pads that will get you from your heavy flow to very light, trickle days post-period.
Each Jeunesse pad is made of soft sterilized cotton and comes with an anion strip that helps alleviate menstrual discomforts like dysmenorrhea and period odor caused by bacteria. It has specially-designed seven layers of protection to ensure comfort during your period, which also includes side leak guards, super-absorbent polymer for superior liquid retention, and breathable bottom layer that allows air to circulate. It’s economical, too, because you don’t have to change your pads too often—twice a day is enough. It holds that much of your flow in, without you feeling the wetness—provided you use the correct pad at the appropriate time.
View the gallery below for each variant and when to use each. Click a thumbnail to enlarge the image and view the tip in the caption. Then below, I wrote a review of the full range, which I tried in my last two cycles.
Road-testing the pads
DAY 1: When my period began, I first reached for the Ultra Day Pad, and I found that it helped ease my cramps and definitely controlled flow. I only used one pad that day, whereas I usually use two to three on Day 1. I was more confident about not getting stains. From my event to yoga class, the pad stayed in place and the cotton didn’t disintegrate, unlike some pads I’ve tried in the past.
DAY 2: This day of my cycle is particularly tricky because it’s usually my worst day, with the strongest flow. The Ultra Night Pad caught most of the flow, but I still got stains on my shorts, not because the pad got full—there were lots more room to absorb my flow—but since I moved around a lot in my sleep, the pad got dislodged on one side where I got the stain. I did appreciate that for the most part, I felt dry. I guess I also should have used the All-Night Pad for heavy flow nights. My flow is just too strong on the second day.
DAY 3: When I used an All-Night Pad next night, I didn’t get stains, as hoped.
DAY 4 onwards: I don’t know if it’s just me, but somehow my flow was lessened and so were the number of days I had my period. By this time I’ve switched to the Non-Wing Day Pad. I usually have medium flow on the third to fifth days, but by the fourth day, it was already very light. I also have to say the pads definitely control menstrual odor. Using the Jeunesse Anion pads did bring some level of comfort to my red letter days.
DAY 5 onwards: By the fifth day of my cycle, I was ready to switch to the Panty Liners—no need for the pads. The panty liners, which are slimmer than that of my usual brand, helped manage moisture and odor too. I now use it everyday.
I also appreciate that all the pads come in a resealable pack, so I don’t have to experience having my pack of pads peeking out from my bag or worse, having individual pads scattered inside my bag because they fell out of the open pack—something that always happens to me when bringing a whole pack of other sanitary pad brands.
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