If you have experienced irregular periods during menopause, you will appreciate just how unpredictable they can be. For this reason, it can sometimes be difficult to decide on which outfits to wear and when to wear them. To guard against any unwanted accidents, it helps to be prepared at all times. Read on for more information on how to stay fashionable, comfortable and in control when dressing for irregular periods.
What to Wear
If you're experiencing irregular periods you'll already know what a hassle it can be and how much the experience can interfere with your daily life. One way to ensure they don't have too much of an impact on your daily routine is to opt for comfortable and breathable clothing. Although functional clothing is not always the trendiest, it can help you relax and reduce your stress levels. This is important because stress can significantly worsen your menstrual cycle experience. When dressing for work, use dark bottoms, so that impromptu bleeding doesn't catch you off guard.
Even if you don't believe yourself to be due for a period, it's a good idea to keep a couple of pads or panty liners with you just in case you encounter an irregular period. An extra pad as well as an extra pair of panties can save you from experiencing any embarrassing situations.
What Not to Wear
White or light colors
This may sound like obvious advice: but try not to wear lightly colored clothing when you know you are likely to experience irregular periods. Although light colours become harder to avoid during summer, try to wear dark skirts instead of light colored dresses. By making these alterations in clothing you'll leave yourself more capable of disguising the telltale signs of a period should an irregular one catch you by surprise.
When you're experiencing irregular periods during menopause, it is advisable that you always carry a small emergency kit with you in case any unforeseen spotting happens or your period decides to arrive ahead of time. This kit could contain essential items like extra panty liners, tampons, wet wipes, and an extra pair of underwear. Keeping this equipment nearby at all times will mean you are prepared when and if the time comes. Click on the link below to learn about irregular periods and specific treatments for them.
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