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Making more room for you, less for the pain
Rule ♯ 1 - Love Periods. Hate Pain
It can be hard to keep-up when you’re in pain, but you don’t have to suffer. Feminax understands the pain you’re in which is why the products are designed and targeted for period pain. When you think about it, it’s common sense.
Designed to work fast
Feminax Express is fast and effective. Its key ingredient is ibuprofen lysine, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID for short. It works at the site of period pain and gets to work* in half the time it could take standard ibuprofen.
* based on absorption data
Designed to last
For long lasting relief for up to 8 hours try Feminax Ultra. It was the first maximum strength naproxen pain reliever available in the UK without prescription and it’s specifically for period pain. Feminax Ultra works directly at the site of pain to reduce the uterine prostaglandins which are the cause of period pain.
For more amazing tips, check out the ideas below. They’re tried and tested, because they’re from women like you.
Just for girls
Great advice. Hot tips
Every woman’s body is unique, so it’s normal for different girls to have their first period at different ages. Don’t panic if your friends have had their periods yet but you haven’t. Or, if you’ve started before them.
Don’t worry, it’s normal
Your period is a healthy part of growing up. In fact, if you haven’t had a period by the age of 15, it’s a good idea to chat to your GP just to check that your body is ok. Not having a period doesn’t mean you’re ill, because everyone’s body is different - it’s just sensible to check.
It’s good to talk!
Speak to someone you trust if you’re worried about periods. They can help to set your mind at rest. Good people to get advice from include family doctors, parents, carers and teachers.
It’s normal to feel a little nervous when your periods are a new experience. One of the best ways to relax is to work out when your time of the month is due. Use our period predictor. To help remember, write the dates in your calendar or diary.
Carry a pad or towel
Because sanitary pads are small, it’s easy to carry one around. In fact, no-one will even know you have one. Lots of girls hold them in their purse, bag or pocket.
You can keep some in your school locker or sports kit, too.
Changing your tampon
We all bleed at different rates, so the only real rules are: always change a pad before it becomes soaked with blood, and never leave a tampon in for more than 8 hours.
The right size tampon
It’s a good idea to use the lowest absorbency tampon for your flow, because smaller tampons cause less irritation. For example, use junior or regular tampons on the lightest day of your period.
The first time you change your tampon or pad in a public toilet, remember to check first that there’s a proper bin to put it in. If you get caught out, look really innocent as you walk out of the loo.
A little stain?
If you get spots of blood on your favourite underwear, don’t worry. When you can, change them and leave them to soak in cold water with a little salt. And there are lots of detergents and stain removers work just as well.
It might feel unusual when you bleed for the first time, but it’s actually perfectly healthy. That’s why you should never wash inside your vagina, just around the outside. All you need is the same shower or bath you take every day, using a little mild soap or shower gel.
Does something feel wrong?
No one knows your body the way you do. If something feels weird, trusting your intuition can pay off big-time. How? It’s as simple as checking out whatever’s worrying you. Like bad pain, or heavy bleeding. Or other things you, your mates or family are worried about. Don’t take risks with your body - check our section on Body sense.
Good advice for your period pain
Warm the pain away
If cramps are getting you down, gentle heat can really help. Try a warm shower or bath. You can use a heating pad - or wrap a hot water bottle in a towel, so it’s not too hot. Then hold it against the places that hurt.
Why not have a warm drink? Some women swear by it. Hot chocolate is especially good because it doesn’t just warm you up. It contains natural plant chemicals that lift your mood and make you feel good.
Stretch your legs
Gentle exercise is a good way to relieve aches and cramps. A good way to start is with a gentle walk - maybe walking the dog, or visiting a friend. The first time you try it, take things easy and see how you feel.
Take it easy
Be kind to yourself. If you feel a bit worn out and achy, resting can work wonders. If you’re on the sofa or bed, hugging a pillow may be a big help.
Try a five-minute massage. Rub your hands over the aches and cramps. Do it just enough to push down a little, not too hard. Move your hands slowly, in circles.
Wrap up well
If it’s cold outside, wrap up warm. It will help your muscles unwind, and that helps to reduce pain and cramp.
Relax, sit back
When we relax, it makes it easier to live with our periods. Some women listen to their favourite music, sit down with a cup of tea, or just close their eyes and meditate. See what works for you.
It turns out that your gran was right. Eating healthy food like green vegetables and wholemeal bread gives you fibre, and that actually helps your body reduce cramps.
Changing your tampon
We all bleed at different rates, so but always change a pad before it becomes soaked with blood, and never leave a tampon in for more than 8 hours.
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