Dear Jane, Painful Periods are Cramping My Style

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Dear Jane,

At the beginning of my period the uncomfortable cramps typically fade out by the last few days, and I pride myself in being a pretty tough chick and I’m usually able to take a few aspirins and get through my period with only mild discomfort. 

But recently, my periods have grown increasingly painful. My stomach bloats and I can barely button-up my hi-rise skinny skins over my swollen belly. 

My cramps have intensified and I don’t want to take more over-the-counter painkillers because I’m fearful of the side effects. I also don’t want to try something stronger because the threat of getting addicted to them is there since addiction runs in my family. 

But I need something else to help me to ease the throbbing and stabbing jabs in my lower abdomen during my time of the month. My flow has also become heavier and now I fear wearing white or lighter colors during my periods due to fear of breakthrough bleeding and stains. 

Jane, how do I stop my painful periods from cramping my style?

– Pretty Painful Periods

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Luckily, there’s more than a few CBD-based options for us to use to reclaim our power when Aunt Flow is in town, because as women, we are more than our periods. 

Dear Pretty Painful Periods,

I hate period cramping and bloating. It’s the absolute worst and I feel as though I gain at least five pounds in water weight during my time of the month, so I feel your period pain. Luckily for both of us, there’s more than a few CBD-based options for us to use to reclaim our power when Aunt Flow is in town, because as women, we are more than our periods. 

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The first thing that I would do would be to invest in a few In A Mood Bundles so that you’re properly prepared to take on your painful periods in style. The Hello Mellow capsules will help you to relax and calm your mind to ease the anxiety around not fitting into your skinny jeans or ruining your favorite pair of white jeans. 

Pro tip: The supplements are also all-natural so there’s less of a threat of nasty side effects or an unwanted addiction. You can never be too mindful about what you’re putting into your body. Also, if your flow has become heavier than usual, I’d think about seeing if there’s birth control or hormone treatments out there that might be right for your body to lighten the flow of your period if it’s really hindering the quality of your life during your period.

For when you’re cramping, massage the soothing Not This Month pain-relieving cream into your abdomen and wherever you feel pain or discomfort for another way to make your time of the month easier to get through. Soak in a hot CBD-infused hot bath when you’re really experiencing cramping and bloating with the Go Away, I’m Fizzy bath bomb as an added part of your self-care routine. 

 Pro tip: Be mindful of what you’re eating when you notice that you’re bloating more than usual. Your bloating could be caused by your periods but it might also be related to your sodium intake, dehydration, or a sign of something else going on with your body. So I would suggest checking in with your doctor, just in case.

xoxo, Jane

Jane is the fictional heroine of the Betoken lifestyle blog, Good For Jane. Think of Jane as your virtual BFF. She lives a healthy lifestyle, but not like, over the top. When it’s not a pandemic, she loves hanging out with her friends, dating, and exercising in public. Throughout the pandemic she has baked her fair share of sourdoughs, gotten more than her fair share of takeout to “support her local restaurants”, ordered wine online and taken plenty of CBD to keep the anxiety at bay. 

Jane is also the editor of the Dear Jane column. If you have a question for Jane, you can email her at

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