Menstruation is often a difficult time for women because it can be a time of great fatigue, lack of self-confidence, and a time of stress due to the pain that certain periods can cause. In this article, LUNA will try to give you all the possible solutions and our little advice to live with your period in all serenity in different situations.

LUNAMemo : The mechanism of menstruation and vaginal bleeding

Menstruation: this is an inevitable stage that participates in the evolution of the little girl that we were into a young woman through the physical transformation of our body.

Menstruation corresponds to a desquamation of our endometrium, formed by endometrial cells, which is characterised by vaginal bleeding during a period of 3 to 8 days. This phenomenon is complex and unique in the body, and involves many mechanisms, particularly inflammatory mechanisms (prostaglandins).

In order to renew the endometrium quickly, our uterus involves a reduction in blood flow, significant oedema, as well as the influx of white blood cells (releasing inflammation proteins). These three actions cause the prolonged inflammation necessary to shed the endometrium. Uterine contractions will promote the expulsion of this mucous membrane accompanied by blood.

Menstruation depends on the hormonal cycle, which is different for each woman and can also change throughout her life. These variations are related to the ovarian function depending on the ovarian reserve, which are characteristics of our female body, but can also be due to the use of hormonal treatments.

At Work

Having your period at work is often a sign of taboo and shame. Some lucky women don’t feel embarrassed by their period while at work, but not all of us are equal when it comes to this rule. So for all of you who are struggling to manage your period and work, here’s what LUNA recommends. You need to know your cycle and how your brain and body react when it’s present, so you can organize your work according to your moods. Just because we’re at work doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take care of ourselves. We should try to do the tasks we enjoy, wear comfortable clothes, don’t be ashamed to talk or ask for help, take herbal teas to help reduce our stress. Finally, for those days when your period is really painful, try telecommuting if it’s possible in your job, it would make you feel more comfortable and be more productive.

At Home

When you have your period at home, it’s much easier for you to reduce your pain by practicing methods that are more complicated to do outside. Heat is a good element to reduce cramps by vasodilatation, one of the things that we can hardly do at work is to use a hot water bottle or to take a good hot bath. So when we go home we take advantage of it. Menstruation is an additional source of stress to the other daily worries, one of the methods to reject this load is to practice anti-stress meditation, many applications and websites offer yoga positions favorable to the reduction of pain. (But just because we’re at home doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t actively move around and try to be physically active.)

Exercise during your period

Contrary to many preconceived ideas, practicing physical activity is essential during your period and it can even prove to be a very good asset to avoid cramps and bloating. So, obviously practicing a sport that is too violent during your cycle should be avoided. But by adapting your sports training, it’s quite possible to practice the same physical activities as usual (except in the case of heavy periods: Menorrhagia). Many sports applications and websites offer fitness exercises adapted to menstruation, these exercises are often associated with movements to be performed in the lower body to reduce pain due to bloating and cramps. We recommend sports such as brisk walking, cycling or swimming to help you get through this period peacefully, because sports release endorphins that relieve many pains, including those associated with menstruation.

Outdoors

Whether it’s on the beach, in an amusement park or even during a trip, menstruation can come at unwanted and inconvenient times. And some sanitary pads aren’t adapted to all the activities we had planned. Especially during long trips, the stress due to transportation, novelty and sometimes even culture shock can create a disturbance of your menstrual cycle; indeed this one being closely linked to your body and your feeling. So, to travel with peace of mind, we advise you to use sanitary protection that you’re used to, so that you don’t find yourself even more stressed and distorted by your new protection.

LUNA helps you

With the LUNA Diary you can record, track and anticipate :

– Your period

– Your ovulation day

– Your fertility period

– Your symptoms

– Your treatments

Pain Medication

When menstruation occurs, many pains can be regulated by taking painkillers (ask your doctor for advice before taking these medications). Here is a non-exhaustive list that may help you choose the right medication for you:

For mild pain

Paracetamol (Dafalgan, Doliprane) it will take effect after about twenty minutes and this for about 4 hours, be careful, however, if you have serious liver problems, it may be contraindicated.

The antispasmodics (without prescription: Spasfon®, DoloSpasmyl. With prescription: Trimébutine®, Mebeverine®, Dicetel [Pinaverium®]) actively fights against muscle spasms and is therefore very effective against cramps caused by menstruation. Effective for about 60 minutes, it’s still necessary to respect an interval of 2 hours between each intake. Beware of side effects that can lead to an increase in heart rate, dry mouth or poor eye acclimatization.

Ibuprofen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NurofenFlash, Spedifen, Advil Caps) which helps reduce pain, dysmenorrhea, etc. For a 400 mg tablet its effectiveness is about 8 hours, so it’s recommended not to exceed 2 doses per day and to space its intake by about 6 hours.

For persistent pain

Flurbiprofen (Antadys®, Cebutid, Ocufen…), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that acts effectively on intrauterine devices. It has an action that lasts approximately 6 hours with a recommended tablet intake every 4 hours. Side effects are often digestive: nausea, vomiting, etc.

The contraceptive pill to reduce pain or stop menstruation completely is a very effective technique, but it isn’t recommended for the long term. This technique requires the follow-up and approval from your doctor or gynecologist before choosing this technique.

LUNA helps you

LUNA’s Pillbox feature allows you to record your medication prescriptions (hormonal treatments, painkillers, others…) and to program notifications at the time you wish to take it. LUNA records this information so that you can follow the evolution of your life quality, and your pain, related to your treatments in real time, and also … to never forget to take your treatment again 😊


Scientifically validated by Dr Jean-Philippe Estrade,

Gynecological surgeon and expert in endometriosis at the Clairval Private Hospital and the Bouchard Clinic in Marseille


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