Girl Talk; Heavy Periods. My Experience

Hello! Welcome Back! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I want to talk about something a bit more personal, my period. Well periods in general but obviously I’ll be referencing mine. Personally, I’m very comfortable talking about my period and believe that it needs to be normalized more because half the population experiences a menstrual cycle. However, if you are sensitive to this topic and find it a bit gross to talk about then this is not the post for you. I am gonna be talking about the awful experience I’ve had with my period for the past decade and how I have finally “kind of” got it under control.

First, I wanna take you back to the year 2008 when I first got my period. I was the last of my friends to get it and it wasn’t pleasant for me. I would bleed heavily for 10 days at a minimum. I never know when I was getting my period because there would be MONTHS in between each cycle. At the beginning there would be about 4 or 5 months in between, which for having just started my journey with a menstrual cycle was normal. What’s not normal is having to bring a second pair of underwear to school in-case I bleed through my pad AND underwear in the span of a few hours. Which I did, multiple times. As I got older my cycle was still very irregular but got more on a schedule of every other month. When I would get my period though, I’d still be bleeding for 7-10 days heavily. Going through a super plus sized tampon in two hours (sometimes less.) I’d have to set alarms for every two hours when I was sleeping just so that I wouldn’t wake up in a pool of my own blood. I’d have to make up excuses on why I couldn’t sleep over my friends houses when I was on my period, because I didn’t want to wake them constantly from my “period alarm” going off. As someone who was still in high school and not comfortable with the idea of having a period yet, it was embarrassing and drastically interfered with my life. It obviously got a bit lighter as the week went on, but I still had to live my life around my period.

Not only did it interfere with my social life, it would interfere with my health. Take a moment to think of some symptoms woman experience once a month on their periods….cramps, bloating, fatigue, the list goes on. The big ones for me were cramps and fatigue. We all know how important sleep is for our overall health, so me not getting a solid two hours of sleep for an entire week mixed with just natural fatigue from hormone levels changing was not healthy. I’ll get more into my battle with cramps a little later because it’s literally been a battle. The version of my period that I’ve just described lasted until I was about 19 or 20 years old. I finally had enough and decided I wanted to try a birth control pill, because it worked so well for majority of my friends. That was a whole new journey for me.

I have not had an easy time with birth control pills. I understood that each pill works different for everyone and I was determined to find one that worked for me. I couldn’t go back to having my period run my life. That’s not what I wanted for myself, it felt unfair. I tried multiple different pills none of them working, some gave me cramps that caused me to topple over and caused me to have to call out of work, others caused me to have a 2 week long super light period which my doctor said was abnormal. Then I also had some that caused extreme blood clots. If you’ve never experienced a clot on your period, it’s when you’re bleeding so much so fast that your body doesn’t have time to break it down, I use to get those a lot which again, isn’t normal. I was getting really discouraged because nothing was working the way I wanted it too. I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t because, I went to every OBGYN appointment and nothing ever came back abnormal to causes difficult periods but they were still awful. I’d go through a box and a half of the Ultra size tampons during my whole cycle even while being on medication. (side note: my box of tampons contains 40 tampons so I went through A LOT.) I was about to give up, but then I accidentally found the pill I’m currently on Tri-Femynor. My pharmacy had switched it because they couldn’t get the one I was prescribed. I was nervous  because even though the pharmacist said they were the same, the one prescribed to me was working well. This switch, changed my life.  Finally, a period that was lighter, that was shorter and much less painful.

When I was dealing with really painful periods, my go to would be Pamprin Multi-symptoms. I’d have to take anywhere from 3-5 pills to simply take the edge off my cramps, because nothing caused them to disappear completely I was in contestant pain. Regular Advil wasn’t enough, it had to be medication specific for menstrual symptoms.

I finally a decade later, I have my period some what under control. It’s only 3-5 days long and doesn’t rule my life anymore. I still get clots, but only like one or two really large ones a cycle, which is normal. I still get cramps but can deal with them. If I need pain medication, I take the prescribed amount and that makes the cramps disappear for the whole day. I only need to use two ultra tampons for the entire day (mostly for hygiene reasons.) Something important to remember about my situation is that, I’ve never wanted a birth control pill to get rid of all my symptoms. I understand they come with the territory. We’re bleeding for a week straight, it’s not going to be sunshine and flowers. All I wanted was for it to be manageable, which wasn’t the case until about 6 months ago.

The biggest recommendation I have for anyone struggling with difficult periods is, talk to your doctor. Make sure there isn’t any underlying causes like Endometriosis or one of the many other illnesses related to your menstrual cycle. If you’re like me, just unlucky and have heavy periods and want to try birth control please remember: EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT. A pill that works for me, might not work for you and vice versa. One thing I always did and wish I didn’t is, I’d look up reviews on the medication and I’d be terrified to try it because of poor reviews. The pill I’m on currently, had terrible reviews when I looked it up but it’s been working amazing for me. Try it, give it the three months your body needs to adjust if it doesn’t work how you wish, speak to your doctor and they’ll help find one that works for you. Don’t be scared to ask for help or advice because it’s a “private topic.” You shouldn’t have to silently suffer. Be kind to yourself during your cycle, your body is doing incredible things that I’m sure most of us don’t even realize.

This is just my experience with heavy periods and how I got mine under control, I am by no means a period expert. I’ve actually just started experiencing horrible hormonal headaches and I’m now on the journey of figuring out how to resolve those. It’s all about the journey of what works best for you and your body. I believe if woman speak openly  about their periods and the struggles or remedies they’ve found we’ll be able to save ourselves from the shame of “not have a pretty period.” If you have any tips for dealing with heavy periods, please leave them down in the comments so we can all help one another. I believe woman are stronger together, even when it comes to our menstrual cycles. Thanks for stopping by..until next time,

Be Nice. Be Good.

Mich. x