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    20 Helpful Things For People Whose Periods Are Super Rough

    Because a hot water bottle and an aspirin doesn't always cut it.

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    1. This washable electric heat pad, which is perfectly designed for your lower back.

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    The period back ache is real, and it sucks. People who use this heat pad find it helps out with all kinds of back pain, though, and because it's shaped perfectly for your lower back, it's great for folks whose periods are rough! Price: £24.99.

    2. These FabLittleBag individual sanitary disposal bags, for a bit of extra security.

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    These portable lil' bags are discreet and super secure, so they're great at making wrapping and binning sanitary products easy AF. Price: £7.49 for a pack of 45.

    3. These highly reviewed period knickers – sometimes you can't really get enough protection!

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    Reviewers love how effective and comfortable these super absorbent period knickers from Intimate Portal are, and the extra reassurance means you have one less thing to worry about. Price: from £9.99 - £43.99, depending on colour and size.

    4. This quiet USB table fan that will cool you down without the noise.

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    Some people (like me) find that shark week is sweat week, too. If you're overheating during that time of the month but don't want to have to listen to a fan when your period headache is raging, try this USB-powered one! Price: £7.99.

    5. This machine-washable Velfont mattress protector, which doesn't have that plastic feel.

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    Because it's made out of terry cotton, this mattress protector shields without giving you that sticky, sweaty feeling. Folks love how easily the sheets fit on their mattress, and how well it protects them! Price: £12.50.

    6. A small Med-Fit TENS machine, designed to keep cramps at bay.

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    Don't be scared by this wee electric pain manager – the tech has been used to deal with sore spots for years. It basically works by cancelling out your pain signals with electric ones instead! Med-Fit users have found its TENS-based technology really helpful for zapping cramps. Price: £25.95.

    7. These cycling shorts, which give you those precious extra inches of coverage!

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    People love how lightweight these shorts are, and they're great for seamlessly sitting under clothes while offering that handy extra length. Price: from £5 - £12.99 for a pack of three, depending on colour and size.

    8. This adorable tampon and pads pouch, so you're never left in a *situation*.

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    No matter what kind of period you have, nobody wants to be stuck without some backup. Keep your peace of mind by carrying your protection in one of these super cute Bigboba pouches. Price: £1.30.

    9. Some hydrogen peroxide, which cleans blood like a boss.

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    Look, I'm not saying nobody has ever had a stain-free period – I'm just saying I've never met them. Prepare for those (basically inevitable) blotches by nabbing some hydrogen peroxide. Price: £4.93.

    10. Wireless headband earphones, so you can listen to podcasts without losing that *one* comfortable position.

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    It can take forever to get comfy when Aunt Flo is in town, so the last thing you need when you finally find The Spot is earphones digging into your ears. Stay cosy without losing those soothing tunes with these highly-rated Wu-Minglu headphones. (Plus, they're Bluetooth, so no wires are needed!) Price: £15.99.

    11. These reusable menstrual sea sponges, which are 100% natural!

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    This one was new to me too, but people who use these sea sponges swear by them as an organic, super absorbent alternative to tampons. Reviewers say they're really comfy and reassuringly long lasting (plus, they're great for the environment!) Price: £21.95.

    12. This sleeping bag liner, for when you just know your sheets won't make it.

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    If you get heavy periods, you'll know that sometimes, you just have to wave goodbye to your stuff. If you're sick of sacrificing your fave duvet covers, it might be worth looking at this sleeping bag liner, which shields your sheets without the stuffiness and heat of a full sleeping bag. Price: £19.99.

    13. This comfortable hoodie blanket, because jeans aren't always an option.

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    When you're having one of those periods (and tbh, aren't they all one of those?), moving out of your bedroom can seem impossible. Stay cosy in this fluffy oversized hoodie! Price: £44.99.

    14. This gorge aroma diffuser to help you relax.

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    Having a bad period is stressful, so it can really help to have at least *one* calming thing in your life when you're going through it. Help take yourself out of the period blues with this diffuser! Price: £23.99.

    15. These massage balls, for when everything aches.

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    Sure, cramps suck, but aches can crop up almost anywhere else during your period. Whether you get sore shoulders, aching hips, or a super stiff neck, these massage balls can be a life saver! Price: £7.67 for a pack of three.

    16. These organic seaweed snacks, which will cure your salt cravings and give you an iron boost at the same time!

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    Cravings explode for most of us during our period, and you might as well get in some extra iron while you're at it!! Solve two problems at once with these super nutritious seaweed snacks. Price: £14.99 for a pack of twelve.

    17. A bed desk, perfect for days when moving is off the menu.

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    Sometimes, your period makes going outside (or even out of bed) feel impossible. When it just be like that, this handy bed desk is perfect for staying in bed while you keep connected! Price: £16.99.

    18. This memory foam leg cushion, which helps your circulation and your comfort.

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    Get cosy and keep your circulation working for you with this memory foam leg cushion, which customers find insanely comfortable! This one has great reviews! Price: £12.89.

    19. An organic and reusable menstrual cup, which holds more blood than tampons do.

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    Menstrual cups have been blowing up for years, and we can see why. This reusable cup is great for the planet and for your uterus, because its organic material and flexible, reusable cup holds more liquid than a tampon. Price: £14.91.

    20. This snack vending machine, because we know how it is.

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    Periods can make us really hungry, and when you're going through a tough time of the month, sometimes you just need that little snack boost. Add a little entertainment to your snacking experience with these cute home vending machines. Price: £25.99.