hello! welcome back to my blog 💖 i’m continuing my cycle series today! the last post i shared on this topic was pms 101, and you can it check out if you haven’t read it yet.
i got excited when i came up with today’s post title: 5 things i would tell my younger self about my cycle. it’s something i really would have appreciated reading in the first years of having a period.
i really like chatting about this topic because i get to share my experiences in a relatable way! helping normalize cycles (since most girls have one or will have one) is important to me.
so if you don’t have a cycle yet or you’re still getting used to taking care of yourself while on yours, this post is for you!!
note: this post shares my personal experiences and things i do to make myself more comfortable. i’m not a doctor or professional, so consider all these tips as advice from a friend, not professional guidance!
5 things i would tell my
younger self about my cycle
1. you’ll find more and more ways of coping that will help make you more comfortable.
i know how awkward it was learning everything for the first time. it’s gross, uncomfortable, painful, weird, upsetting – you were having to take care of yourself physically while getting used to it mentally and emotionally. but you’ll spend the next 10 or so years (😂) finding what will help you be more comfortable! and you will find coping habits, i promise.
for example, you super-struggled with ultra-thin pads because (trigger warning: kinda gross) everything was messy. but when you tried out maxi pads, everything got way better!
when you were able to start using tampons, your cramps lessened by a lot. you didn’t realize that only using pads was making you brace your abdomen constantly for that week or so.
you’ll learn more and more about mental health, how to stay strong during emotional drops, and how to support others in the same situation!
you got this girl 💖
2. the more you do something, the easier it gets!
from buying supplies ahead of time, to coordinating bathroom visits while away from home, you’ll get in a predictable rhythm that will help you a lot!
you’ll discover which foods help you feel better (grilled chicken is my fave 😍), and which ones make you feel worse (soda = bloated, fried food = more outbreaks/oily skin).
you’ll figure out how many supplies to have with you when you leave the house.
you’ll become a pro at knowing when to change, how to change efficiently, and knowing what works best for you.
you won’t have to think about it as much when it all goes smoothly and you know (to the best of your ability) what to expect!
3. it gets less embarrassing.
it was super awkward having graphic trash to throw away discreetly, and especially embarrassing to make package noises in public bathrooms! but it doesn’t feel like that forever for you.
the more you’re in those situations, the more you’re able to dispose of trash efficiently and navigate public restrooms with more mental balance.
it definitely helped you to mask pad noises when the bathrooms were louder (i.e. someone flushed, people were talking, etc). and it really helped when you realized that every woman in those restrooms are familiar with period products too! i just found out this website estimates that some 800 million women menstruate every day!! like… we are most definitely not the only ones experiencing this stuff.
there’s nothing to be ashamed of, and you’re doing nothing wrong. 💕
4. talking about it with friends/family as you’re able to is therapeutic.
there’s this awkward, gross, embarrassing stigma that comes with having a period… there’s something isolating about the experience. perhaps it’s the hormonal drop that goes along with having a period that makes us feel this way.
but there are days (especially when things are the heaviest) when it feels like you’re the only girl in the world with this ‘problem.’
however, when you’re able to talk about it with other girls and women, it helps you so much!
you’re not the only one with mood swings, food cravings, an achy abdomen, or a supply of period products. you’re not the only one who gets sad before starting, who has to visit the bathroom several times a day, or who has to try products/pain-reducing techniques until you find something that works.
you are not alone.
5. it won’t be a huge part of your life forever.
buying your favorite period products, identifying mood swings, implementing coping techniques, and being able to use tampons are just a few of the ways you’ll adjust to having a period.
it never gets fun or pretty, but accepting what happens and taking great care of yourself are huge steps toward living a happy life while having a period every month!
it won’t keep you down forever. i know you got this 💖
tank you sooo much for reading! i hope this could encourage you today, and maybe help you come up with ideas on how you can make things more comfortable for yourself. 😊