Cramps, bloating, mood swings, hormonal acne, food cravings—period-related concerns are a dime a dozen. So, we invited Dr. Riddhima Shetty, MS, DNB OBGYN, to host a #GirlTribeAMA on the Girl Tribe by MissMalini Facebook group, and address some of the most common questions the Tribe members had on menstrual health. Read on to know all that Dr. Riddhima shared!

Q. Are menstrual cups sanitary and safe? I’ve heard so much about them but I don’t know whether it’s for me.

If you have access to running water and soap, menstrual cups are both sanitary and safe. They come in different sizes and the companies that sell them give guidance on how to choose your size correctly. If there is any leaking, it is likely due to an improperly sized cup. Sirona, Boondh, Pee Safe are some brands you could check out.

Q. My periods are irregular. Can this be cured?

You have to check your hormone levels to know which one is causing the issue and then take treatment accordingly.

Q. Does menopause lead to weight gain? How can I take care of my diet when heading towards menopause?

Fish, whole eggs, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, ghee, dry fruits, avocados, peanut butter—these are all a great source of healthy fats. 500mg of a calcium supplement is also helpful.

Q. Is there a way to stop extreme period pains without any painkillers?

You must get a sonography done to rule out a major cause for the severe pain. In general, staying hydrated, avoiding caffeine, consuming foods rich in potassium and iron, hot water bags, yoga, etc. help in dealing with period cramps. Pro tip: Stock up on Sirona‘s pain-relief patches; they’re a lifesaver when it comes to managing period cramps.

Q. I have crazy mood swings during my cycle. I get angry, annoyed, sad, and I just don’t get how to deal with them. How can I deal with this?

Make sure you are getting enough sleep, avoid caffeine, drink plenty of fluids and practice meditation. Brands like Sirona also offer PMS gummies that you could try. If your mood swings are hampering your daily activities, it is recommended to visit a gynaecologist and a psychiatrist.

What’s your biggest concern when it comes to your menstrual health? Please share it with us in the comments below!

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