The Period Care Kit You Need When It's That Time Of The Month

Keep these items on-hand when Aunt Flo comes knocking.
PHOTO: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Watsons, Lazada, Instagram/essentialmanila

We know periods are a natural thing that happens to us, but that doesn't change the fact that it's never a pleasant week. We feel bloated, we get annoyed easily, we tend to eat more, our puson hurts, and we just don't feel good in general. But, they do happen for a reason, so we might as well make ourselves comfortable during the entire ordeal. Ahead, we list down some essentials to keep within reach to help us feel better as we ~surf~ the crimson wave:

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  1. Essential oil stick

    With our period comes headaches that can be an added and unwanted burden to us. (Our puson is already hurting a lot, tyvm.) To help alleviate some of the pain, rub an essential oil stick on your temples and place a warm towel on your forehead.

    Katinko Oil Liniment Roll-On, P38.25, Watsons

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  2. Warm compress

    Period cramps are never fun. Sometimes, sobrang sakit nila that we just want to curl up in a ball and stay in bed all day! But life must go on, and so we just try to deal with them as much as we can. One tried-and-tested trick for soothing the pain is by placing a hot compress on your abdomen. A bottle filled with warm water works, too.

  3. A gentle feminine wash

    We can't avoid the icky feeling in our vagina whenever we're on our period. To clean yourself up, opt for a gentle and soothing feminine wash that can effectively clean your vulva and its surrounding areas without altering its pH level and its natural balance of microbes.

    Gynepro Ultra Protection Feminine Wash, P79, Watsons

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  4. Comfortable clothes

    Now is not the time for tight undergarments and outfits, you guys. Since you're usually bloated when it's that time of the month, loose and baggy clothes are your new BFFs. Lucky for you, there are a ton of cute pambahay options to ensure that you'll still stay stylish as you ride out the rest of your period.

  5. Pain reliever

    Sometimes, even a warm compress isn't enough to soothe the pain of cramps. When this happens, pop a paracetamol or ibuprofen. When it's too much to bear, however, consult with your OB-GYNE as it might be a symptom of something worse.

  6. Stain remover

    Sometimes, no matter how prepared you are, you'll still get an accidental tagos every once in a while—it's completely normal. Carry a stain remover with you so you can erase most of the splotches until you can change your underwear and bottoms. once you get home, wash your underwear with some Safeguard soap—a tried-and-tested product!

    Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover, P345 (pack of 3), Lazada

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  7. A fresh supply of napkins

    We think we are all in agreement when we say that your period catching you by surprise is one of the worst things ever. To prevent any mishaps, keep a few napkins or tampons in your bag so that you're always prepared. Just make sure to replace your supply every once in a while to ensure that they're still sanitary and good for use.

  8. Spot treatment

    Acne on normal days? Bad. Breakouts during our period? The worst. As if we don't already have a lot going on in our body, our skin has to join the mix, too. Don't pick at them—even though we know you *really* want to—as they will only get worse and cause scarring which is twice as hard to remove. Just dab a spot treatment on the inflamed areas and keep your hands off.

    Human Nature Acne Defense Solution Gel, P199.75, Humanheartnature

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