Plan for a Long Menstrual Cycle with These Tips
Posted byAlicia Trent
Some women are blessed with mild menstrual cycles that last just a few days. Other women, unfortunately, face heavier periods and a long menstrual cycle. But heavy periods do not mean life has to come to screeching halt! Heavy, lengthy periods simply mean more preparation before Aunt Flo descends. Follow these tips to ensure that heavy cycles don’t get in the way of your active life.
It’s normal to feel paranoid that a heavy period will strike unexpectedly, ruining your plans, not to mention pants. Chances are, you have a long list of nightmarish memories that involve a long menstrual cycle followed by an embarrassing outcome. To soothe those fears, prepare mentally for the next cycle. Allow yourself to walk through the next period in your mind. Tell yourself that early planning may prevent any future mishaps. Practicing mindfulness may help. The Office on Women’s Health suggests progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises, biofeedback, and guided imagery (aka transporting your brain to a tropical paradise to wash away your worries).1
You may already know that meditation may help lessen cramps and migraines while on your period, but it doesn’t hurt to engage in the exercise before a period hits. Meditation calms the mind and helps you stay in the moment, rather than wasting time worrying about what hasn’t happened yet, such as … your next period!
Ready the Troops
Take the time to arm yourself with the necessary tools and equipment. For women with heavy periods and a long menstrual cycle, this often means packing a large bag of super plus tampons and overnight-style pads and ensuring the bag is handy when you’re on the go. Make sure the bag or bags are stored in convenient places like your car, work desk, or a family member’s home for easy access. Include a variety of tampon and pad sizes, panty liners, and an extra pair of underwear and pants, just in case. Remember to refill the bag or bags when supplies are getting low. Stocking up on needed equipment may give you peace of mind and ensure you’re never caught empty-handed by Ms. Flo’s extended visit.
Plan Around Periods
It never fails that the summer weddings or surprise birthday parties all seem to fall on the week of your period. When planning a big trip or beach outing, it’s helpful to check the calendar and schedule events when you’re comfortably in the middle of your cycle. Don’t feel bad about phoning a friend to ask if the Girls’ Night can be moved back a week. Chances are, she’ll understand and besides, it’s not a true Girls’ Night without YOU! If wall calendars aren’t your thing, insert a reminder in your phone calendar to alert you when your period is expected each month. There are also period tracking apps that alert you when your period is due. This will help in planning around a long menstrual cycle and being mindful of when not to schedule important activities. Unfortunately, some dates are inflexible and you may have to skip the event if it’s too challenging to overcome with a heavy period. In other cases, your best bet is to grab your (fully stocked) period supply bag and hit the road.
Always consult your doctor if your period is too difficult to manage. A long menstrual cycle and heavy flow may be a nuisance, but don’t let it slow you down!
1“Pain.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health. https://www.womenshealth.gov/files/assets/docs/the-healthy-woman/pain.pdf
- Posted by Alicia Trent
- On June 28, 2017