When that time of the month rolls around, life can get pretty unpredictable. Will you cry watching a rom-com or lash out at your partner? Maybe you’ll lay in a ball with cramps or have an incessant headache. Some months it can be all of the above, while other months, your period may come and go without a hitch. For those rougher cycles, it can be helpful to take some supplements to help you get by. People take supplements for digestion, vitamin deficiencies and more, so why not try supplements tailored to help with your mood and pain management during your period?
Period-focused supplements are having a bit of a moment. “A lot of aspects of women’s health have historically been very ‘hush, hush.’ Periods, PMS, pregnancy and menopause have all been topics of conversation for a specific time or place,” says cofounder of O POSITIV Brianna Bitton. She set out to create supplements that “solve a problem that affects more women than it spares.” She adds that creating these products helps open the door “for these topics to be at the forefront of the conversation, instead of whispered.” While these supplements are great for minor monthly cramps and subtle mood swings, if you’re experiencing more significant or persistent symptoms talk with your gynecologist.
O POSITIV FLO PMS Gummy ($32)
The all-star formula in this little gummy does it all—it helps alleviate cramps, bloating, mood swings and hormonal acne. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, you can opt for the sugar-free Capsule that boasts all the same benefits.
“The key ingredients in FLO are Chasteberry, Dong Quai, Vitamin B6 and Lemon Balm. I’d love to see more products utilizing Chasteberry—so many of our consumers use FLO for hormonal acne, and this small but mighty berry has been studied for its help to alleviate hormonal acne and mood swings,” says Bitton.
Mixhers Hertime Daily ($60)
If you want to do something preventative for your PMS, try this daily supplement powder. It comes in a variety of delicious tropical or lemonade-based flavors, so you won’t mind sipping on this supplement each day. If taken consistently, it can help mitigate bloating, cramps, mood swings, irregular flow and low energy.
This dynamic duo combats all the worst parts of having PMS. Steady Mood supports healthy ovulation, which is the key to an easier period, replenishes nutrients and supports your stress response and hormonal health. Meanwhile, Cramp Aid does just what it promises by calming inflammation, relaxing muscles and boosting oxygen to the uterine muscles.
If your biggest PMS problem is your mood, these supplements may be your best bet. These pills target occasional stress, frustration and irritability that can come with your period. They can also help mitigate fatigue and work stress even when it’s not that time of the month.
With her powerful blend of botanical extracts, Miss Mellow will be your savior next cycle. These capsules help reduce irritability and mood changes to help you feel more like yourself no matter what’s going on below the belt.
If you want to fold a bit of CBD into your PMS relief plan, these soft gels are a good way to do so. These supplements, created by a holistic nutritionist, are formulated specifically to relieve period discomfort, including cramping, joint and muscle pain and inflammation.