Constipation during PMS
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a natural process for women at a reproductive age you have certainly heard of or experienced. It is different for every woman, some do not usually feel more than slight discomfort, while some might experience several of its symptoms such as bloating, cramps, breast pain, mood swings, and so much more (not fun). As if this weren’t entertaining enough, PMS can also affect your digestive process and give you gastrointestinal issues. Oh no, yet another thing that can go wrong!
How does PMS relate to your gastrointestinal process?
Your hormones play a significant role in keeping your digestion working properly, and when they are disrupted your digestion and excretory functions might be too. Many women report constipation (lack of bowel movement, aka not pooping) during the days leading to their menses. This is completely normal and temporary. Do not be surprised if constipation is accompanied by other symptoms such as gas and even bouts of diarrhea
Do not worry
It is completely normal to experience constipation when you are about to have your period, but it can certainly add to the overall discomfort that PMS brings. You are not at the mercy of constipation. Here are few recommendations you can follow to hopefully keep your period-related constipation in line.
and avoid excess caffeine and alcohol before your period. They can act as diuretics which reduce the amount of water in your body, drying your stool, and promoting constipation.
B–Eat your fruits and veggies
The natural fiber in fruits and vegetables can promote better bowel movement (just what you need). Remember to avoid foods that usually make you gassy such as broccoli, cauliflower, or cabbage, that could add to your discomfort.
C–Move it along
Even light exercise such as walking, or yoga can encourage bowel movement. It does not have to be strenuous exercise, if you are moving, your poop will too.
D–Let it go…let it go!
Holding your bowel movement when you are already feeling the need to go can only make constipation worse. If you must go, GO! When you feel the urge and wait too long, your stool gets harder because fluids are reabsorbed. This creates a vicious cycle making it even harder to pass. –Consider supplements
Ask your doctor about temporary medication or supplements that could act as mild laxatives. This is not a permanent solution and should not be taken daily. A consistent change in lifestyle and keeping your hormones balanced is the most effective way to keep premenstrual constipation at bay.
You do not have to wait these symptoms out or live through them every month. Look for natural based alternatives that can help such as herbal supplements made specifically for the relief of PMS symptoms.
You can help yourself feel better…hemp is on the way!
Now wouldn’t it be cool if there were vegan products that could help making PMS easier for you? Holief™ is here to help! We have a complete line of hemp-infused products so you feel empowered, every day of your cycle!
Holief™ PMS Line: The Relief You Wanted
Holief™ PMS is a product line built around pure and rich Hemp extract, to promote feminine wellbeing. The herbal mix you will find in this product line works to aid in relaxation and relieve pains related to menstrual cramps.
Some of our special PMS products include:
- Holi-Cramp. Relaxing cream with olive oil, vitamin E, MCT oil and infused with Hemp extract. This topical product is formulated to bring relaxation and lasting relief to the lower part of the abdomen. It helps with discomfort associated with moderate menstrual cramps and is ideal for daily use. It is fragrance-free and easy to carry. Use as needed and enjoy the benefits of the purest natural Hemp extract.
- Holi-Cramp Plus. This cream is recommended for strong menstrual cramps and can be used any time during the day. It helps to relax the lower part of your abdomen and brings relief for discomfort associated with menstrual cramps. It contains the same natural ingredients as Holi-Cramp, but It also adds menthol, for a more effective calming and relaxing effect.
Our creams have a certified hypoallergenic base, are paraben free, and use no artificial coloring or scents. They are formulated with natural botanical oils to moisturize dry and sensitive skin.