You clean too much down there
Periods don’t smell like a bouquet of roses so it’s normal to want to mask any odor with every powder, soap, or wipe that you can find. But using these fragrant products can make your vagina feel anything but pretty. “When it comes to vaginal cleansing, leave it alone,” says Clair Paik, MD, associate professor and director of gynecology at UC Davis in California. The best way to keep your vaginal flora healthy and happy is to cleanse the internal parts with water only. Dr. Paik recommends avoiding any fragrant soaps, wipes, and shower gels, especially douching. As for those external nooks and crannies, use an all-natural ingredient soap that doesn’t have the words “fragrance” or “parfum” on the label to help you feel fresh. Here’s how your vaginal discharge can be an indicator of your health.
You wait until the last minute to alleviate your pain
Do your uterus a favor and make a trip to the medicine cabinet the moment you feel a slight pang in your lower abdomen or pelvic area. Dr. Paik suggests taking ibuprofen every six hours to keep the pain mild enough so you’re not keeling over from excruciating cramps. “Pain is easier to prevent when it’s mild rather than chasing it down when it’s bad,” says Dr. Paik. “If you know you’re going to have pain, don’t wait until the pain is so bad that you’re in the fetal position.” You can also try these remedies to relieve menstrual cramps.