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Have you got depression and you have periods? Find out how to make periods easier when you have depression in this article!
People with periods can understand that periods can be super uncomfortable and painful. Mood swings, bloating, cramps and nausea are just some of the horrible symptoms we have to deal with when menstruating. If you have periods and depression, this time of the month can be particularly hard. According to research, 64% of people with depression said their symptoms get worse five to ten days before their periods. In this post, I will give you some ways to make periods easier when you have depression.
When depression strikes, sometimes even getting out of bed is a challenge. Changing tampons and pads can seem
I think I may have found the solution! Period pants. Period pants are a sustainable option for people who menstruate and also require less maintenance than pads, tampons, or period cups. For example, some of the heavy flow period pants can last up to 8 hours without needing to be changed – perfect for those days when depression means you can’t leave your bed.
WUKA Period Pants
WUKA was founded by Ruby in 2017 and we’re the UK’s first-ever reusable and leak-proof period wear.
WUKA stands for Wake Up Kick Ass because they believe that nothing should hold you back on your period.
I love WUKAs philosophy that periods should not cost the earth and that equality, social and environmental responsibility are at the heart of everything they do.
Their period pants are absorbent, leakproof & breathable. You can wear, wash, reuse them for up to 2 years.
As this was the first time I’d ever tried using period pants, I wasn’t sure what to expect and I was very pleasantly surprised. I tried the WUKA BASICS™ hipster medium flow pants and the WUKA ULTIMATE™ bikini medium flow pants.
I found them super comfy to wear and the higher waisted pants felt snug but not tight on my bloated tummy. I was worried it would feel like I was wearing a nappy as you can feel the thickness of them when holding them. However, it honestly just feels like normal underwear and I could hardly feel them.
I was also worried that they might leak, especially as I was using them during one of my heaviest period days but they didn’t leak at all (even after nearly 7 hours). Oh, and they’re super soft!
These pants are game changers and I will definitely be purchasing more!
Cheeky Wipes Period Pants
Cheeky Wipes was founded by Helen, a mum of 4 who has suffered from eczema for more than 40 years.
Helen created Cheeky Wipes with a skin-friendly, reusable baby wipes kit back in 2008 when she was pregnant with baby number 3. Since 2016 alone, they have saved over 28 million disposable sanitary products and 22 million packets of baby wipes from landfills.
Using period products is better for the environment, better for your pocket, and better for you.
I loved wearing the Cheeky Wipes period pants, I tried the high waisted style with the lacey sides. I was expected them to be a uncomfortable because of the lace aspect but I was wrong. The lace is super soft and comfortable plus they add a bit of chic to the pants.
Again, these pants were completely leak-proof and easily survived a night of heavy period. The only thing I would say to be careful about is that the legs come up a bit smaller so size up just in case.
I’m definitely a period pant convert so I will be purchasing some more Cheeky Wipes designs!
One of the less commonly talked about symptoms of depression is maintaining personal hygiene. Sometimes depression can cause us to struggle to do basic hygiene tasks (which is nothing to be ashamed about). However, during menstruation, we may find we sweat more, or feel ‘dirtier’ due to being on the period.
If you are unable to shower, a great lower energy alternative is to use wet wipes. Traditionally, wet wipes shouldn’t be used in the intimate areas as they can disrupt ph balance and cause irritation.
However, there are products now that can help with this. For example, Organ(y)c certified organic cotton intimate wet wipes. These wipes were created to gently clean and cleanse the intimate area. They are infused with chamomile extract to neutralise skin irritations and helps reduce inflammation such as itching and burning. I think they are the perfect alternative to showering and will make periods easier when you have depression.
If you have relatively regular periods, you can track either with a calendar or an app when you are due to come on. This can help you plan when you will be needing more rest or help with your mental health.
Be Kind To Yourself
Depression is hard enough, let alone having a period at the same time. Being kind to yourself is a good way to make periods easier when you have depression. Take time for yourself, do things that make you feel better and dont feel guilty for it.
Need some self-care ideas? Read my post with 8 self-care ideas for when depression hits hard.
PMS or PMDD?
PMS (Premenstrual syndrome) can manifest as physical and emotional symptoms that start a week or so before your period. PMS has symptoms such as feeling sad, irritable, anxious, and tired in the lead up to your period. PMS is common in people who have periods.
PMDD (Premenstrual dysphoric disorder) is very similar to PMS but is more severe. PMDD has been included as a ‘depressive disorder not otherwise specified’ by the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, or DSM. A person with PMDD may experience symptoms such as severe depression, frequent mood swings, lethargy, and muscle pains.
You will typically only experience these symptoms for a week or two before your period starts. The symptoms follow your menstrual cycle, so you might find they start to get better when you get your period and will usually have disappeared by the time your period is finished.
If you think you might have PMDD or need help with your mental health, please seek help from a trusted friend or family member, doctor, or therapist. I will leave some resources at the bottom of this post.
Please note: I am not a mental health or medical professional. I am speaking from my own experiences and recommend anyone who is struggling with any mental health issues, to seek professional help.
If you’re experiencing suicidal feelings and are worried you may act on them, you can call 999, go straight to A&E or call the Samaritans for free on 116 123 to talk.
Anxiety UK 03444 775 774
CALM 0800 58 58 58
For more mental health helplines visit this: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/
Thank you to WUKA and Cheeky Wipes for sending me their amazing period pants to try them out!
I hope you enjoyed this post about how to make periods easier when you have depression,
Thank you for reading,