Dysmenorrhea, more often known as period pain, is one of the most common gynaecological complaints in women. 10% of women who suffer from period pains describe their symptoms as ‘severe’.

This can be a difficult thing for women to deal with at any time, but especially during the summer months when you want to be able to enjoy yourself and relax on holiday. For women going on their summer holiday, period pains can add unnecessary stress to the excitement of unwinding by the pool, sightseeing and hitting the beach.

But there are things you can do to help you deal with period pain whilst abroad. These tips will allow you to manage your discomfort and still thoroughly enjoy your summer holiday.

Prepare before you fly

Planning ahead is key to managing your period pain abroad. This means thinking about a few different factors, including when exactly your period is due, what supplies you’ll need, what supplies you’ll have access to over there and what kind of activities you want to participate in while on holiday.

Be sure to pack painkillers and practical clothing, and try to get an idea of which days you’re most likely to feel up to getting out and about for long periods of time.

You may also wish to purchase specific medication to deal with period pain. At Express Pharmacy we offer Mefenamic Acid, which reduces inflammation and can bring down temperature as well as treating the pain itself.

Consider your options

There are lots of options available when it comes to sanitary products. You might be used to using sanitary towels, but think about switching to tampons or a mooncup as these can give you much more freedom for activities like swimming, and won’t need to be changed as often. This means you can spend less time worrying about being close to a bathroom and more time simply enjoying your holiday.

Know your symptoms

You know the habits of your body better than anyone, so be realistic and plan around how you know you’re likely to feel. If your period pain isn’t normally that bad, then by all means schedule in some fun activities. If, however, you struggle with more severe period pains, allow yourself a few days around your period to relax by the pool and not do a lot.

Tailor your self-care to your specific symptoms. If you often suffer from cramps, consider packing heat pads or doing some gentle exercise. If you find that your mood fluctuates, allow yourself a bit of guilt-free relaxation.

Stay hydrated

When you’re somewhere hot and on your period, you’re likely to be sweating a lot more, so it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated. Common period symptoms like nausea, dizziness and headaches are only made worse by dehydration, so aim for 1.5 litres of water a day as a minimum. But be sensible; the hotter it gets the more you may need to consume in each 24 hour period – especially if you are also drinking alcohol.

You should also make the most of the delicious, freshly prepared food you’ll find abroad. Seafood, grilled meat and veg will provide your body with vital nutrients to combat pain and discomfort.

Be kind to yourself and stay comfortable

All in all, dealing with period pain on holiday is about making sure you’re as comfortable as possible – from the flight out to the flight home. Take a blanket, pillow and something to unwind with on your flight, and be sure to get up and move around occasionally to avoid aches, pains and cramps.

Once you’ve reached your destination, relax and catch up on sleep. Make sure you get a healthy dose of vitamin D from the sun during the day as well, as it’s naturally mood boosting.

Choose to delay mother nature

If you would simply rather not deal with the challenges of your period until you return from holiday, Express Pharmacy offers effective period delay medication in the form of Norethisterone. This prescription medication enables you to delay your period by up to 17 days.

Contact Express Pharmacy today for all the information you need on symptoms and treatment. You can use our discreet Live Chat service from the comfort of your own home.