The Menstrual Anti-Misery Kit

Make that time of the month less gloom and doom

Use these tips from Dr Steven Goldstein, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at New York University Medical Center in the US:

1. POP A PRE-PERIOD PAINKILLER
A few days before your flow starts, take an anti-inflammatory over-the-counter painkiller such as Nurofen. This will help halt the production of the cramp-causing hormones prostaglandins.

2. SLEEP MORE
Menstruation moodiness can make even the nicest girl a raging bitch. The solution? Sleep. Go to bed an hour earlier or treat yourself to a catnap after work. This decreases stress levels, making you feel more restful and boosting your mood.

3. GET SOME
Although no formal studies have shown that sex prevents cramps and bloating, it has been reported to lessen discomfort and boost your mood. This is because intercourse releases feel-good hormones known as endorphins, which override menstrual side effects.