Not Swimming on Your Period? Four Other Fun Summer Ideas for Your Squad
Posted byLibby Mullen
Summer is finally here! Going to the beach, wearing your favorite bikini, playing volleyball, laying out in the sun … sounds great, right? Maybe not, if you have abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB). But don’t fret! There are plenty of fun things you and your friends can do this summer if you’re not comfortable swimming on your period.
1. Take a Hike
You might feel tempted to curl up inside and watch TV when you’re experiencing AUB and uncomfortable cramps, but getting up and moving can actually be beneficial in easing that pain, according to the Mayo Clinic.1 If you want to get outside but don’t want to wear a bathing suit, heading to the woods might be a better choice. Scope out a short route in advance that has reliable bathroom access nearby in case you need to change your pad or tampon frequently.
2. Board Game Night
Just because you’re home doesn’t mean you need to be bored. Break out some of those games gathering dust in your closet and invite your friends over for some friendly competition in the comfort of your own home. Drinking alcohol on your period may make your PMS symptoms worse, so pick up some juice, tonic water and fresh fruits to make a batch of mocktails or mock sangria to sip on while you all enjoy some friendly competition.
3. Movie Outing
Movie theaters are great for gals on their periods: Comfy seats, strong air conditioning, comfort food and good laughs (or tears or screams, if dramas or horror flicks are more your taste). Bathrooms are usually plentiful, clean and empty when the movie is playing. If your AUB causes bad cramps, many modern theaters have reclining seats that you can adjust throughout the movie to ensure you’re always in the optimal position.
4. Host a Cookout
Inviting your friends over for a cookout can be a great opportunity to enjoy the nice weather outside while being close enough to your bathroom and feminine supplies that you don’t have to worry about being left stranded. Ask your friends to bring some side dishes and swap your favorite recipes. Heavy blood loss from AUB may decrease your iron levels, so grilling up some red meat and serving a healthy side dish that’s heavy on the leafy greens may put you on the right track to boosting your iron.
What are your squad’s go-to plans when you don’t feel like swimming on your period? Tell us about them!
1“Menstrual Cramps: Lifestyle and Home Remedies,” Mayo Clinic. May 8, 2014. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menstrual-cramps/basics/lifestyle-home-remedies/con-20025447
- Posted by Libby Mullen
- On July 28, 2017