9 Habits To Avoid On Your Period, So You Can Feel Your Best No Matter What


By Carina Wolff | Published August 15th on Bustle | Featuring Dr. Sherry Ross

When that time of the month rolls around, it’s not uncommon for your normal routine to feel out of whack, which means you have to adjust accordingly. If you want to feel your best and minimize those awful cramps and unwelcome mood wings, you’ll want to avoid habits that can worsen your period. Knowing how to take care of yourself can make all the difference in not only making yourself feel better, but improving your health.

“The way your menstruation may affect your day to day routine varies depending upon your period,” says Marra Francis, MD, OB/GYN over email. “Many women will find no change at all except needing to visit the restroom more frequently. Some women, however, may have significant changes in their daily routine that may start even before their period begins. Severe mood swings, fatigue, and bloating may prevent women from routine social interactions or outings, routine exercise programs may be affected, and concentration at work may suffer.”

To avoid all these pitfalls and keep your body in tip-top shape, it’s best to avoid anything that could exacerbate these symptoms or make you feel worse. Here are are 11 habits to avoid when you’re on your period.

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