We know that we should be happy to get our periods every month, since it’s a sign that our bodies are just doing their thing, but we cannot deny that some months really, really suck. As with most things that bum us out, getting a little proactive about self care ahead of our periods can help make the whole experience mildly more bearable, which is why we’ve compiled a list of some of our fave Amazon products to buy for awful periods. Because when you feel like death, you deserve a little extra love. Or at least a killer blanket and a proper hot water bottle.
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, up to 20 percent of women experience debilitating aches and cramps during their period, which is just terrible. Especially because period stigma keeps us silent about just how terrible we feel. But even if you don’t have “debilitating” cramps or a super heavy flow, getting your period can throw you off your game. You’re allowed to be uncomfortable, complain about your cramps, and yes, cancel plans or take a sick day sometimes. Especially if you have all the right supplies to get as cozy as humanly possible while you’re menstruating. Here are some products to try out for your next doozy of a period.
Food and Wine declared Chuao one of the best chocolatiers in the country, and you if you haven’t tried their chocolate covered potato chips yet, you’re not living your best life. Chocolate increases your serotonin levels which can help you get through a period funk and this one is the perfect blend of salty and sweet will satisfy your period munchies (which are totally real, BTW).
If you need to post up on the couch with a hot water bottle, it might as well look good with your PJs. This cable knit cover is soft, according to all the reviews, and will blend right into the misery selfies you send your BFF to commiserate about cramps.
3Cotton Weighted Blanket, $89.99
This is sort of a splurge, but weighted blankets really help you sleep better. Although they’re often recommended for people with anxiety or sensory disorders, you can take advantage of the science and get cozy on those nights that you’re uncomfortable and tossing and turning with PMS symptoms, too.
4Buddha Bowl, $35.99
These bowls come in three different sizes and are the perfect shape for a huge cup of tea or your favorite comfort food, like ramen or some mac and cheese. The ergonomic shape makes it easy to hold and sip, so you can remain totally horizontal on your couch while eating. They were also included on Oprah’s “favorite things” list, just in case you needed extra assurance that you need one.
5Pixie Cup Combo Pack, $24.95
If you haven’t tried a menstrual cup yet, it’s worth a shot and these ones are reportedly rated one the most comfortable out there. This set comes with both a large and a small cup so you can try them both out throughout your cycle and see what works best for you. They’re also rated the highest for comfort.
6Menstrual cup sterilizer, $8.29
Every menstrual cup comes in a cute little bag, which is admittedly adorable. But eventually, you’re going to want to soak and sterilize that thing. This foldable cup is perfect for cleaning your cup and storing it in a more sterile way than a silk pouch.
7Bodum Assam Tea Press, $16.50
A cup of tea is just never enough, which is why we’re obsessed with our Bodum tea press. Not only is it perfect for posting up on the couch with some loose leaf, but it works like a French press, so when you think your tea is brewed enough, you can stop it from getting too strong. Genius!
You’re going to need to stock up on your favorite loose teas now that you have the perfect pot. Tea blends are totally personal, but we’re partial to soothing herbal teas when we like our uterus is going to explode.
All bath bombs are good bath bombs, but these ones are made with epsom salt, castor carrier, lemongrass, and peppermint to relax all your muscles and soothe any aches and pains.
10Edens Garden Bee Happy Essential Oil, $10.99
This essential oil, which you can also get as a roll on, will help you relax and breathe, even when you have to deal with your co-workers/S.O./kids/siblings/life in general during your awful period. Even if you don’t believe that oils work, the name alone should cheer you up.
11Women’s Hooded Flannel Robe, $33.99
Everyone needs a fluffy robe. But you definitely need a fluffy robe with pockets for your phone, snacks, and a hood to block out the world.
12Conair Pedicure Spa with Vibration, $25.60
When you can’t bring yourself to go out when you have your period, you have to focus on self care. The best thing about this pedicure soaker is that you can just use your toe to adjust the heat of the water and the vibrating jets for a foot massage.
13 Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet, 16 combo pack, $9.89
We don’t know about you, but when we get our periods our skin is all over the place. Treat yourself (and your skin) with these sheet masks. They have 4 1/2 stars and over 2,600 reviews, so they must be amazing.
14F-You Uterus T-shirt, $19.99
It’s not polite, but you know what…you don’t have to be.
15 Marble Cosmetic Bag, $10.99
You should never be ashamed to carry your tampons and pads into the bathroom with you, but this little bag will do the trick in case you want to be discreet. Or at least keep your tampons from flying around your purse, getting ripped, or smushed.
16LOTTUS LIFE Natural Jute Fiber Yoga Mat, $53.99
Just in case you don’t feel like making it to the gym, having a yoga mat rolled up at home can keep you motivated. As much as you might not feel like it, doing yoga or some other mat work can *really* help with cramps.
What’s better than a normal heating pad? A KING SIZE HEATING PAD. So that you can get all of your aching back, butt, and then flip over to heat up your uterus. Heaven.
Wearing clothing that ISN’T sweatpants seems like a punishment, so we say yes to these joggers which also look very high fashion in that athleisure kind of way.
19Bluestone Body Pillow, $39.18
Alright, technically this is for pregnant women who need some extra back support. But pregnant women are serious about comfort and when you have back pain and cramps, it can be so hard to get comfy in bed and fall asleep, so you might as well follow their lead. Paired with a ht water bottle, some chocolate, and a face mask, your awful period just turned into a spa day. Not so bad, right?
20 MARNUR Massage Pillow For Neck and Back with Heat, Deep Tissue Kneading Massage for Cervical, Shoulder, Waist, Muscle Pain Relief, $24.39
And when the hot water bottle and heating pad isn’t doing the trick, this massage pillow (that also has heat settings!) will definitely get the job done.
21 LazyMe Decorative Pill Box, $9.99
If you’re in so much pain you need a Midol, go for it. But those boxes Midol comes in (you know, where you have to pop the pills out of the foil) are especially annoying, so get a cute pill box that’s small enough for your purse, and transfer all pain meds to that. So when you’re at work or school or out and you need something stronger than heat, you’ve got this helpful thing.