There is a plethora of issues faced by women during the lockdown that are affecting their menstrual cycles. Scarcity of sanitary products is of the biggest concern, especially for women in rural areas where the supply chain is severely disrupted. But others that are more manageable are discussed below with suggestions on how to deal with them.

Irregular Periods

Approximately 20-25% of women are having irregular periods. Overall anxiety about the lockdown has been affecting women’s mental health. Stress and anxiety are directly related to changes in a woman’s menstrual cycle. 

Recommendation: Do yoga and meditation during the day since they are proven methods of releasing anxiety. 

Unrealistic Expectations

Women are being expected to not only fulfill their professional responsibilities but also fill in the void left by immigrant workers and household help. This added responsibility can make PMS worse. 

Recommendation: House work should be divided between all members of the household and not just be a woman’s burden. 

Poor Eating Habits

Many women have complained about binge eating during the lockdown, leading to weight fluctuations. As you know, drastic changes in body weight can impact the production of estrogen, affecting the regularity and length of the menstrual cycle. 

Recommendation: Eating a protein-rich diet can help with staying full for longer, curbing the need to binge eat. Another trick might be to pick up a hobby you enjoy, and divert your attention away from junk food.

Sedentary Lifestyle

WFH means many women are spending more time on their laptops and have to sit in one place for long hours. This lack of activity can cause poor blood circulation and hormonal imbalance. 

Recommendation: Try to incorporate light exercise throughout the day, maybe start walking every time you get a call! 

Overall, keep yourself hydrated, eat a healthy diet, get some light exercise and choose the right period products to make your periods more comfortable during lockdowns. 

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We make eco-friendly, reusable, period underwear for women in an effort to reduce the 9,000 tonnes of plastic waste generated from sanitary products in India every year. Period underwear is easy to use, comfortable and completely rash-free. 

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