Period Solutions to Make Having Your Period on Your Wedding Day Seem like No Big Deal
If you're a woman, you know that Aunt Flo occasionally likes to come for her monthly visit at inopportune times. Do you have a plan in place if you end up having your period on your wedding day?
Of course, you could choose to plan your wedding day around your period, but even that's not foolproof. You have some control over the timing if you're on hormonal birth control. You could skip your “period week” pills and start a brand new pack to skip your period entirely, if you so choose. (Of course, you should consult your doctor before making any decisions like this.) Try using a period tracker app to predict the schedule of your period.
If you do end up with your period on your wedding day, it's not the end of the world. Check out these tips and suggestions for making your period as painless and worry-free as possible!
Flex : The Menstrual Disc
Similar to a Menstrual cup is the Menstrual Disc from FLEX. The FLEX menstrual disc collects fluid instead of absorbing like pads or tampons and can hold as much as 3 super tampons. Not only can these discs keep you dry for up to 12 hours, but they are great for protecting you during sleep, exercise, swimming… even SEX! So you can get busy on your wedding night with minimal mess if you're up to it!
PROS: Long-lasting wear, can wear during sex
CONS: Insertion/removal can be messy and hard to get the hang of, not as earth-friendly as a Menstrual Cup
Learn more about the FLEX disc and buy your kit at their website.
Livia : The Off Switch for Menstrual Pain
Livia is a wearable electronic device that provides instant, drug-free relief from menstrual cramps. In the touch of a button, Livia stimulates nerves to block period pains without pills, side effects, or interruptions to your day.
If you got the copper IUD ahead of the big day, your periods may be temporarily heavier and more painful. Livia may be your saving grace!
Livia gives immediate relief from menstrual cramps, and it's FDA approved. Plus, it's discreet and comfortable to wear. You can easily hide it under any of your clothes, even your wedding gown! Strap the little device to your garter and no one will be the wiser.
PROS: Works instantly, without medication
CONS: A little pricey, but well worth the investment.
Learn more about Livia and buy your device at their website.
Thinx : Period-Proof Panties
If you happen to get so unlucky that your big day falls on your heaviest period days, you may need a backup method to be safe. Double up the protection with period panties by THINX!
These period-proof underwear are moisture wicking, anti-microbial, ultra absorbent, leak resistant, and trap odors– leaving you protected from physical and emotional discomfort. They come in a variety of styles and colors to choose from.
They are washable and reusable– an eco-friendly alternative to single-use disposable products. THINX come in different absorption options to match the various stages in your flow (light, medium, heavy). Wear alone or pair with a tampon/cup/disc for extra protection.
PROS: Eco-friendly, reusable, effective.
CONS: A little pricey up-front, but worth the investment.
Learn more about THINX period panties and buy your starter set on their website.
SPANX : To Battle the Period Bloat
What's worse than dealing with period pains? Period bloat! The last thing you want is a pooch poking out of your dress on your wedding day so grab a pair of SPANX and call it a day.
We love the Higher Power variety for extra suck-in, and they've even got gorgeous options with lace accents that are beautifully bridal! SPANX will help you hold in your tummy and battle any bulges for a smoother, cleaner look no matter your dress style.
PROS: Can be worn under any number of outfits to create a cleaner look
CONS: You may find that being restricted is actually more painful
Essential Oils : Relax Your Mind and Body
According to Everyday Health, massage with certain diluted essential oils such as lavender can relieve cramps associated with the menstrual cycle. There was a study that found women experienced less pain and a shorter pain duration when self-massaging with essential oils.
Experts suggest diluting pure essential oils in an unscented cream or lotion before using directly on skin to avoid irritation and other problems. We found some great introductory sets on Amazon to get you started.
PROS: All-natural, affordable
CONS: Offers only mild relief
Take Your Vitamins
Another trick to reduce period pain and discomfort is to make sure you're getting the right vitamins in your diet.
Magnesium helps regulate nerve and muscle functioning, among other vital tasks. Research shows Magnesium, in particular, can help ease the pain of cramps, so you may want to consider adding a magnesium supplement to your vitamin regimen.
Other helpful vitamins to help with period pains are Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Calcium Citrate, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D and Vitamin E.
The dose and variety you may need depends on the severity of your cramps and other factors. Ask your doctor about the best vitamins for you, or check out Care/Of to get your personal vitamin recommedations and regimen.
PROS: Taking vitamins is healthy!
CONS: Vitamins can be pricey, but well worth it for health benefits.
Are you worried about getting your period on your wedding day?
With the help of these items, we hope you find that should Aunt Flo stop in on your big day, you won't let her get you down!