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A Blissful Period – A Guide For Modern Women

When comes to menses, it’s a love-hate relationship for women

Women’s Blissful Period

Auntie’s visit, menses, MC, you can call it whatever you want, but it is still ‘period’ or menstruation.

Even though many have dismissed the myth that menses is filthy or unlucky, it can still be a subject women are ashamed to discuss openly. You may talk about fashion, career, or even men, but menses is still a big No-No.

Modern women nowadays are confident and capable. But when it comes to menses, many of us still find it a hassle. Menses – friend or foe? Let put it this way: if one menarche starts at age 12 and menopause at 55, a woman has to go through more than 500 times of menstrual cycles. So we want it be on our side.

Knowing women better

The anatomy of the human body is extraordinary. Women might experience menstruation, pregnancy, reproduction, lactation, and other bodily changes, burdening one’s physical and mental condition. When menses hits, it is the natural way to regulate and alleviate one’s anxiety and tension.

So when it comes to menses, it’s a love-hate relationship for women. Some even said that it’s a blessing that women can be entitled to these special days, so special that men can never experience. Many women may take offence at such a simplistic and insensitive view because only they know the discomfort they go through.

Changes to bodily functions

Few days before menses arrives, the body will give out signals. We may be easily irritated, without any reason at all. These moments of moodiness can be summed up as PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome). According to medical reports, around 85% of women experience low or moderate level of PMS while 5% of the cases might be more severe, possibly affecting their work, family and social life. Here are some of the symptoms:

Premenstrual Symptoms

Physical

  • Oily skin, enlarged pores
  • Bloated lower abdomen and breasts
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Increase in discharge of leucorrhea (vaginal discharge)

Mental

  • Irritation
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Caring for centuries

As tradition has taught us, fine tuning our biological clock helps in prolonging our lives. As a woman, to maintain the regularity of our menstrual cycle is to build a healthier life for ourselves.

For centuries, women have learnt to use Chinese herbs like Danggui, Bazhen soup, Bak Foong Pills, to regulate menstrual matters and improve health condition. According to popular belief, this traditional formula originated from legendary Chinese physician Hua Tuo. During Qing Dynasty, the empresses use Bak Foong Pills as health and beauty supplement. More than 300 years later, after ongoing development and improvement, this traditional formula has become a health supplement catering to women’s health and well being.

Premenstrual

  • Refrain from consuming “cooling” food like pineapple, watermelon, and hot & spicy food as this might affect the digestive system and its ability to absorb nutrients

Mid-Menstrual

  • Take 1 or 2 glasses of ginger tea to help reduce any stomach discomfort
  • Avoid strenuous activities and take warm showers to help blood circulation

Post Menstrual

  • Take nutrients-filled food like black beans, raisins, and Danggui to help replenish iron lost from the body and to restore vitality. Traditional remedies, like Bak Foong Pills also help to improve body constitution.

Article by HQ Magazine

Health Quotient (HQ) is a Chinese medium health magazine, published by Eu Yan Sang. For more information, visit www.euyansang.com.my

 

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