How to Cope with Your Menstrual Cycle While Traveling
Traveling with ovaries can come with a lot of mental and physical baggage. Experiencing PMS and menstrual discomfort is common, but contrary to popular belief, it’s certainly not normal.As someone who happily travels on her menstrual cycle to various destinations, I’ll share a few hacks to maintain a happy hormonal experience, all while showing your ovaries a good time.
Track your cycle.
When it comes to travel, planning around your cycle is key. After all, it’s the 21st century and we don’t have time to not know when our cycle is coming. We have places to go and people to see, right? Period trackers (such as Clue and Eve by Glow) not only help to predict your next cycle, they also track your moods, sexual activity, and physical and emotional symptoms.
While on a flight.
Traveling alone can be tough on the body—adding an unplanned period midair can be straight up disastrous. Because the menstrual cycle can be unpredictable, I board every flight prepared for anything. The star of my toolkit? Period-proof underwear. These undies are a super absorbent, leak resistant replacement for panty liners and tampons, and protect your clothes from potential spillage. You’re welcome!
Clary Sage is my favorite essential oil to have on a flight. Sage helps relieve the symptoms of bloating, cramping, mood swings, and cravings. Just a few drops on the bottom of your feet or over your ovaries and you will feel relief within a few minutes. Tulsi Tea bags (also known as holy basil) are also a fantastic adaptogen that help tackle stress, anxiety, and inflammation in the body, which tend to increase during your cycle.
Last but not least: pack good quality chocolate, and don’t feel guilty about it! Chocolate is loaded with magnesium, an essential ingredient for a balanced thyroid (which, when unbalanced, can contribute to heavy and irregular cycles) and insulin control.
Calm those cramps.
Did you know that we are not actually designed to have cramps?
One of the main causes for cramps is a build-up of prostaglandins in the uterus prior to menstruation. These little guys are part of the body’s natural process for contracting and releasing muscles, but when they form in excess, they cause the blood vessels to compress, making the uterus cramp.
Food and supplements.
The best way to combat PMS and menstrual discomfort during your trip is to master your morning routine, get enough sleep, and take supplements. Most importantly? Don’t skip breakfast. Get nutrients in your body within 90 minutes of waking (think: eggs, sweet potatoes, bone broth, avocados, and greens of any kind). The goal is to consume fat, fiber, and protein with every meal to keep your hormones from going haywire.
Magnesium: Essential for maintaining regular bowel movements and a good night’s sleep. Consume right before bed.
B-Vitamins: When you’re drinking more than usual (it’s vacation, after all!), this supplement will help with quick recovery time and keep your brain happy.
Don’t forget the O!
Whether you’re traveling alone or with your partner, do your best to have a big “O” during your cycle. During an orgasm, your muscles contract, releasing oxytocin and nitric oxide to the brain (natural pain relievers). It also helps with PMS symptoms and irritability. Yes, please!
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