Create a home spa retreat during your period

I got my period last weekend. Due to the stress of COVID-19, my pain has increased a bit lately. While I was worried, I was looking forward to it too.

A woman with endometriosis looking forward to her period?

Actually, it’s not as strange as it sounds. Many of my past and current clients are now in the same boat. We have reduced their pain and now that they are not blinded by debilitating cramps, it may actually take some time for them to make their periods more comfortable. Even if your periods are still blinding, there are things you can do to make the experience better, maybe not comfortable.

Perhaps this concept is completely alien to you. If you’ve spent most of your life having painful periods that cause heavy bleeding, blood clots, nausea, and diarrhea, I understand.

However, there is a surge of people having periods that span their cycles to better take advantage of their energy levels and the various benefits of rising and falling hormones. The approach is commonly known as cycle synchronization. I’ve explored it in previous columns here and here, and interviewed Maisie Hill on the subject on my podcast.

But how does it come about that I look forward to my period? Because it’s the only time of the month, I actually slow down a little and recharge.

Our hormones are at their lowest during menstruation. This usually results in a decrease in energy and the need for time to yourself. Most people will at least feel less social, but we are all different. Our bodies are busy and we use up a lot of nutrients while we bleed. That is why we focus on rest and replenishment.

Hence, for many of my clients and me, the menstrual phase and the week before it focus on spa-like moments of self-care that allow us to restore our body and mind in small ways.

If I’ve had a busy month (which we all do all the time) I can look forward to that period. I do my best not to book anything social and reschedule non-client meetings to either side of my period. When I’m not with clients or writing columns, I can rest a little more, even if it’s just a little.

The nudge is that these little acts of self-friendliness may actually lead to less pain, especially when introduced the weekend before our period. If your curiosity is piqued, there are three ways you can create a spa retreat for your periods at home:

Teas and lattes

The few times I’ve been to a spa they always made me a nice tea with soothing and medicinal properties. We can mimick this at home by using teas like turmeric, ginger, and dandelion.

Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that has been shown to be as effective as mefenamic acid in relieving menstrual pain. Use ginger root powder in your tea instead of tea bags for a stronger effect.

Turmeric is another powerful anti-inflammatory that shows promising results for Endo, while dandelion root tea helps the body get rid of old and excess estrogen, which can lead to painful periods.

Magnesium baths

Magnesium helps relax muscles and can relieve cramps and pain, but it also helps with painful periods and sleep. Studies have shown that we need two to three baths a week with around 500 to 600 grams of magnesium per bath for optimal results.

If you don’t have the time or energy to take a long bath, it can help to take 10-minute baths (or foot baths!) Twice a week before your period.

yoga

Yoga tailored to relieve tension in the pelvic area can actually relieve pain and is often recommended by pelvic floor physiotherapists. But you have to choose carefully – not all yoga is suitable for people with endo. So opt for a type that is specific to period pain or chronic pelvic pain.

There are many more ways to create a home spa experience for your time, from nutritious meals to self-massage to some time out with a good book or movie. Choose rituals that feel replenishing to you.

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Jessica is the creator of ThisEndoLife.com, a website dedicated to helping women with endometriosis, women’s health conditions, and related mental health issues. She also hosts this EndoLife podcast where she interviews guests who treat chronic illnesses and mental health problems in their own way and help others do the same. Jessica has a background in arts and charity. For the past six years she has worked with organizations serving women with endometriosis, young people at risk, and survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.

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