8 Tips for Managing Your Menstrual Cycle With Cerebral Palsy
Like many other women, I get my visit from “Aunt Flow” every month. I have had monthly visits with her since I was 12 years old. When you have cerebral palsy as I do, dealing with the challenges and obstacles of having a menstrual cycle every month can be stressful. So I wanted to give people with cerebral palsy some tips on how to handle their menstrual cycles.
1. Find the menstrual product(s) that work well for you. Over the years of having my menstrual cycle, I have tried many different pads and tampons until finding the product that worked best for me and my needs.
2. Get as much rest as possible. For many people with cerebral palsy, our bodies tend to become stiffer during that time of the month. In order to reduce the pain, it’s best to rest and minimize stress.
3. Hold on to something that brings you comfort through pain. The best way I cope with pain during my menstrual cycle is holding on to my favorite teddy bear that I’ve had since I was 8 years old. It helps me find happiness during this time of the month.
4. Listen to your favorite genre of music. When I’m on my menstrual cycle I find listening to country music a great distraction. When I’m in massive pain, it makes the experience less difficult and relaxes my body.
5. Take your prescription and over-the-counter medications as needed. When I’m on my menstrual cycle, ibuprofen has become a lifesaver for me; it helps makes the pain of cramps less terrible.
6. Try not to do a task that makes you overwhelmed and stressed out. When you’re on your menstrual cycle it’s important to watch the tasks you do and do your best not to become stressed.
7. Try breathing techniques. I find breathing techniques to be helpful during my menstrual cycle. When I get severe cramps, I usually breathe in and out three times before and after each cramp and it seems to help.
8. Use a heating pad. Heating pads have become my lifesaver. When the cramps get too much for me to handle I place a heating pad on my stomach and that reduces the pain for a few minutes.
In my experience, having to deal with a menstrual cycle is a pain in the neck. With cerebral palsy it can be even harder, but I hope these tips will make your visit with Aunt Flow easier to manage.
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