Welcome to my health series: Period Blues
How it all started: The Poll
SELF-CARE ALL THE WAY (Pass it on!):
- Chiropractic Therapy from a neuro-focused, non-pain driven practitioner
Physical Therapy: check with your doctor about simple exercises you can do to help strenthen your uterus and pelvic floor. Potentially, your pelvic floor could be too tight, so you may not want to do kegels. Pelvic floor release exercises are better for those that constantly guarded and holding too much tension in that area
- Lots of water
- memorizing poetry
- listening to music/dancing if you can move
- TRE *(Trauma Release Exercises)
- eating breakfast (slowly and not in the car)
- Facial reflexology (do it yourself or find one)
- Traditional Chinese Cupping and at-home massage cupping
- crystals, rocks
- more water
- Moon Pearls (Chinese Medicine to help with PMS, cramps, bloating, and pain
- Finding the foods that upset my stomach and avoiding them (based on a muscle test or a whole-foods cleanse)
- Not drinking very much alcohol. I had maybe five beers and a few glasses of wine from January until Spring Solstice (I quit drinking at home again, for example, and my next step is to only drink wine on occasion until Christmas)
- Dr Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet whenever possible
- After some years I finally realized opiates are like poison, so in 2017 I have only had opiates during the prolotherapy (because needles in the pubic bone are really painful) (2018 update: No opiates at all the whole year! I would like to thank my chiropractor: Magic Science Woman and all the articles I have read for self-care!)
- quiet time
- more water
- bath time!
- float tanks
- How to keep clean that time of month:
- not using chlorine tampons actually make a difference
- my uterus is short so I use shorter tampons
- reusable pads at night
- Please keep adding to this list….
WHO DO I BLEED FOR?
I know there’s magic when I support my friends and what they go through and they support me, in turn. And because wait, what’s more for poetry?
Recommended Poets that support women supporting women:
In Summary: My heart goes out to the hundreds of women writing in the app called Eve. and all over the internet about the extreme pain associated with their periods.