Dodge the dentist on these days in your cycle (you’ll thank me for this one!)

/Dodge the dentist on these days in your cycle (you’ll thank me for this one!)

Dodge the dentist on these days in your cycle (you’ll thank me for this one!)

teeth2I think my dentist would heartily agree with me that I don’t like sitting in the dentist’s chair.

Call me crazy, but having some screeching, whining, sharp, buzzsaw device jammed into my teeth and gums is simply not on my list of the top 10 ways to spend an afternoon.

So, I do all I can to reduce the misery, anxiety and pain that can accompany visiting the dentist to preserve a perfect set of choppers: While in the dentist’s chair, I use deep breathing exercises, I bring an iPod with all my favorite tunes and I once even brought my tablet with the first season of Sex & the City loaded on it, figuring at least Samantha’s tawdry antics could distract me.

Now I have another tool in my dental pain- and anxiety-reducing arsenal: When making a dentist appointment, I’ll be aiming to have it fall during my Week 2. And if that doesn’t work, then during my Week 3. (Which are 8 to 22 days from the onset of menstruation in a 28-day cycle.)

According to a new study in the International Journal of Dentistry, dental pain and anxiety are highest in the week prior to menstruation and during your menstrual week.

Past research has shown that low levels of estrogen on these days in your cycle make you more sensitive to discomfort and more easily rattled by anxiety-provoking situations. So, it’s obviously understandable why dental procedures would be far less enjoyable.

Not planning to see your dentist anytime soon? This advice still holds true for similar potentially painful, tension-filled situations–say, a lion-taming class or going for your first bikini wax. So, plan accordingly!

By | 2017-07-28T10:05:32+00:00 May 5th, 2015|best week to..., hormonology tip, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman, founder of Hormonology® and a longtime women’s health journalist, pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and know more about all the ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior. This movement was launched in 2005 with Gabrielle’s groundbreaking book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential, and her creation of Hormonology®. She offers a variety of tools–including her popular free Hormone Horoscope® app, eBooks, infographics, videos and tips–to share vital information about hormones.

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