What Should You Avoid During Your Period?

Practicing certain habits during your period can be uncomfortable and may even be harmful. Do you want to get through menstruation without discomfort? Read these articles to find out what you should avoid during your period and keep it in mind from now on.
What Should You Avoid During Your Period?

Last update: 10 July, 2020

The days during menstruation come with hormonal fluctuations that significantly affect your physical and emotional well-being. Due to this, many people feel like they’re not able to carry out their daily tasks normally. In fact, there are even some things it may be better to stay away from. Do you know what you should avoid during your period?

Although many overlook it, your habits have a lot to do with your body’s reactions before and during your period. Because of this, it’s important to improve your lifestyle and limit some bad practices that can be harmful. Keep reading to find out which habits to avoid during your period.

Habits you should avoid during your period

Currently, you can buy a wide variety of products and treatments to reduce the symptoms and discomfort of your period. However, many people don’t feel relief from remedies, since they don’t improve other aspects of their lifestyle.

The big drawback is that we keep downplaying our everyday habits, ignoring that they can have a big impact on the discomfort you feel during your period.

In the next section, we’ll review what you should avoid during your period. Keep these tips mind!

Strenuous exercise

Woman doing squats with barbell.
Overly strenuous exercise can be counterproductive during your period. However, a bit of moderate exercise can help improve your mood.

Physical exercise is a habit that provides many benefits for your physical and mental health. In fact, there’s no scientific reason to stop working out during your period. On the contrary, continuing to exercise helps to decrease cramps and bad moods.

However, you should avoid overly strenuous routines during these days, as they can cause negative reactions. Because the feeling of fatigue tends to increase, intense cardiovascular or resistance workouts can be tedious and sometimes make you dizzy.

What can you do?

  • Choose to do low-impact routines when you have your period. Some recommended and beneficial activities are: walking, doing yoga or Pilates, or doing strength exercises with little weight.
  • Reduce routine time. Also, rest if you start to feel more fatigued than normal.

Having unprotected sex

Having your period doesn’t get in the way of enjoying the benefits of sex. In fact, despite controversies and myths, vaginal stimulation and orgasms during menstruation are said to help alleviate pain.

However, what you should avoid during your period is having sex without protective methods such as condoms. Although it’s relatively safe and the risk of pregnancy is minimal, it can represent a greater risk in terms of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as HIV or hepatitis.

These viruses live in the blood and can be spread through contact with infected menstrual blood. However, you should remember that they also spread simply by having sexual contact at any time.

What can you do?

  • If you want to have sex during your period, choose to use a condom. It’s a safe method of preventing pregnancy and the safest way to prevent disease, and it can be more comfortable.

Consuming fast foods

Different kinds of junk food, which you should avoid during your period.
Eating fast food and processed foods can make your stomach cramps worse during your period.

Fast foods are not a good food option during your period. In fact, due to their poor nutritional quality, you should avoid them all the time! These types of foods are packed with saturated fats, refined flours, sugars, and other components that can increase inflammation in your midsection.

In addition, eating fast food slows down digestion and can cause other problems such as constipation. Therefore, if you want to minimize bloating and have lighter digestion when you have your period, you should choose healthy meals light in calories and fat.

What can you do?

  • Make meals rich in vegetables, fish, and lean meats.
  • If you’re hungry between meals, have a smoothie, yogurt with nuts, or whole-grain crackers.


Aspirin is a good option to alleviate various ailments. However, you should avoid it during your period due to the possible side effects. Both the pills and any other product with acetylsalicylic acid can affect heavy bleeding.

The reason?

The anticoagulant effect of this medicine thins the blood and, therefore, may increase menstrual flow. In fact, although more studies are required to prove this, it’s also said that it can extend your period and unhealthy bleeding.

What can you do?

  • If you want to ease pain and inflammation during your period, choose to take acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If you need something stronger, ask your doctor about over-the-counter medications for menstrual cramps.

Now that you know what to avoid during your period, try to practice and keep these better habits. Put into practice the recommendations we gave in this article and you’ll find that they can be very useful to improve your well-being during menstruation.

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