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Five tips for coping with your period

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Take Control of your Periods this New Year: Five tips for coping with your period, naturally

Periods are the bane of many women's lives, causing pain, emotional changes and the urge to eat our own body weight in chocolate. However, feminine hygiene brand, Organyc, is urging women to make a New Year's resolution to take control of their periods, and has given some top tips on how to minimise monthly discomfort, mood swings and menstrual symptoms.

Ingrid Hume from Organyc says: "Women are no stranger to the symptoms and side effects of monthly periods, with many relying on powerful painkillers to alleviate symptoms. However, there are natural ways of coping with periods which may help to reduce some of the stresses associated with the time of the month, without medication."

Organyc's top tips for a stress-free period:

Practice yoga: Many people believe that certain yoga positions can ease menstrual pain by gently stretching the abdominal muscles, and can help to calm the mind in the process. Find a local class to get professional advice.

Use an organic sanitary product: such as Organyc Moderate Flow Sanitary Towels, which are made from 100% organic cotton wool. Organic cotton is extremely soft, comfortable and kind against skin, minimising the risk of irritation or allergies. Organyc sanitary towelsare also free from super absorbent polymers (SAPs), synthetic fibres and perfumes.

Eat good food: Diet can affect pain levels and aggravate PMT. Eat little and often to help keep blood sugar levels balanced. When you feel yourself reaching for the chocolates, choose a banana or oats instead. They are fantastic sources of potassium and magnesium which are important for the nervous function and energy release. Salty and sugary foods can often increase irritability and bloating.

Stay warm: A warm bath can help to ease menstrual cramps, relax the body and mind. We recommend using Organyc Intimate Wash (£6.95 for 250ml), which contains organic calendula extract and aloe vera to help soothe the skin. If a bath is not possible, try using a hot water bottle on your tummy or lower back to help ease pains.

Go for a gentle walk: Gentle exercise can affect the body's hormone levels and may help to reduce congestion in the abdominal area whilst increasing endorphins into the system.

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