Period Cramp Care for Teens
In a recent study of young women, it was found that 20% of respondents had needed to take time off from school or university due to period pain, with 41% of girls saying the pain they experience affects their concentration or performance in class. The girls who took part also reported missing out on sporting and social activities as a result of the monthly discomfort.
What Causes Period Pain?
During your period, the wall of the womb starts to contract to help the womb lining shed as part of your period. When the wall of the womb contracts, it compresses the blood vessels lining your womb. This temporarily cuts off the blood and oxygen supply to your womb. Without oxygen, the tissues in your womb release chemicals that trigger pain. While your body is releasing these chemicals, it's also producing other chemicals called prostaglandins. These encourage the womb muscles to contract more, increasing the level of pain further.
Generally speaking, period pain isn’t something to worry about however debilitating pain which stops you from doing normal day-to-day activities can be a symptom of conditions such as Endometriosis, Adenomyosis or other pelvic inflammatory diseases. If you suspect this may be the case we’d recommend speaking to a medical professional who can help you explore this further and find the right treatment for you.
Traditionally Used Remedies
While painkillers and over-the-counter medicines may help alleviate or soothe pain during your period, many parents find themselves unsure about giving their children chemical-based products on such a regular basis. Alternatively, while the trusty hot water bottle has traditionally been used to help soothe menstrual cramps, these simply, and their counterpart, heat pads, aren’t practical for use during a school day. Not to mention, prolonged heat exposure for over 30 minutes can actually cause permanent skin tissue damage!
A Natural Solution
Enter BeYou Monthly Patches, an easy-to-use and discreet solution which has been formulated to help soothe menstrual cramps naturally. Thanks to the 100% natural ingredient profile, the Monthly Patch, which comes highly recommended by YouTuber Zoe Sugg, is suitable for use by people of all ages and can be safely used continuously.
Each patch features a unique blend of Menthol and Eucalyptus essential oils with zero unnatural added ingredients and an all-natural, skin-friendly adhesive. This plant powered blend makes them perfectly safe for people of all ages, right from your very first period!
The all natural ingredients get to work quickly, with a unique ‘cooling tingle’ kicking in around 20 minutes after application. This soothing effect can last up to a full 12 hours as the ingredients slowly release over a 12 hour period, lasting the full school day and beyond!
At less than 0.3mm thick, the patch is super discreet and flexible, undetectable under clothes and comfortable to wear at any time, even during sport or at night. In fact, the patches are so thin and lightweight, you’ll forget it’s even there!
BeYou Monthly Patches are kind to your body and the environment. Each patch is biodegradable, with the recyclable packaging made from recycled materials.
Tips For a Naturally Better Period
As well as switching to BeYou Monthly Patches, there are a number of other tips and tricks you can introduce into your daily routine during your period to help take the edge off the discomfort.
- A warm bath or shower; While prolonged heat exposure directly on the skin can cause tissue damage, a warm bath or shower should help to soothe and relax you.
- Light exercise; While it might not be appealing during your period, you may find being active helps reduce pain so try to find an activity which feels good to you, such as gentle swimming or walking.
- Adjusting your diet; Foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds may all help to naturally reduce PMS symptoms.
- Increase your water intake; Drinking water actually keeps your body from retaining water and may help to relieve painful bloating during your period.
- Avoid caffeine; Caffeine based drinks can cause vasoconstriction, the narrowing of blood vessels, which can worsen your cramps during period