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

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Hi! I’m Mich. I’m a 26 year old young woman trying to navigate adulthood and all the challenges it brings. On Simply Michelle you will find genuine posts about a wide range of topics from mental health & faith to makeup & baking. This is my safe place to be vulnerable and hopefully you'll feel that you can do the same. I hope you stick around!

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  1. I resonate with this post on a cellular level. While birth control helped, I hated all the side effects and the thought of putting fake hormones into my body, so I stopped. Currently still trying to figure out how to get my period under control as I get the terrible headaches, and all that comes with as well! We women struggle with too much lol

    1. if you find a solution please share because i’m not thrilled about putting fake hormones into my body either but i couldn’t let it rule my life any longer. and yes we really do struggle with waaaay too much!

  2. I struggle with this so much, I actually had my period for four months straight in the beginning of the year and it was horrible. Everyday was as if it was the heaviest day. I was forced on the pill to get it under control as the massive amounts of blood loss was affecting my body (iron deficiency, fatigue and moods) not to mention my mental health!

    1. oh my goodness, i couldn’t imagine! it’s crazy what the woman’s body is capable of!

  3. i have been using the depo shot since i got sick. g’luck finding your solution!

    Joy at The Joyous Living

    1. thank you!! xx hope the shot is working well for you!

  4. This is such an important post. Thanks so much for writing this, I’ve had many issues with my period and yet it’s hard to find someone to speak frankly about it.
    Loren |

    1. thank you that’s very kind of you! x hopefully more woman will feel comfortable speaking up about their journey

  5. I have so much to say about this I honestly don’t have a clue where to start. I did a post about topics very very simialr to this a few months ago ( ). Sorry for spamming you with the link if you’ve already seen it! It’s such an important topic to talk about. My cycle totally dictates my life which is ridiculous. I’m glad you’ve managed to get yours to a place where they’re manageable. Three days sounds like an absolute dream! Great post!! x


    1. i have read it!! xx i loved that post and it actually gave me the confidence to share my story because i thought you were so brave to share yours! 5 days is usually how long it ends up being but the last few days are really light so i can’t complain. it’s a dream compared to how it use to be. i hope you find a solution that makes you for in control of your cycle and not your cycle in control of you xxxxx

  6. Goodness me, this sounds awful and I’m so sorry you’ve had to deal with it but glad to hear you’ve got it under control now! I’m on the mini pill, so I haven’t had a period in around 2 years but this pill works fairly well for me (apart from awful breakouts!) so I’m sticking with it for the time being. But when I did had periods there were sometimes on the heavy side – nowhere near as heavy as yours though – and I often had to change my towel very frequently during the first or second day and would have to seriously pad out in the night to prevent leaking. But mine were always incredibly regular, which was a huge bonus and I was so in tune with my PMS symptoms that I could tell you the day before I came on when I would come on. I think it’s great you’ve spoken about this – still no idea why periods are a “taboo” subject, literally half the population have/had them!

    1. completely agree! and if a woman doesn’t have a period it’s most likely because she’s dealing with something worse! heavy periods are such an inconvenience lol! xxx

  7. Enjoyed reading this girl talk and omg how i have very irregular period, it’s very annoying but the pills have helped me control it which is cool! I am glad that you found a solution for you!!

    1. thank you! glad that the pill has been working for you as well xx

  8. It’s such a shame that your period used to have to dictate your life while you were at school! I’m lucky enough that I’ve never experienced really bad periods so I can’t relate much but my contaception is fab for reducing them and my cramps aren’t as bad anymore! I’m on the Evra patch, most people haven’t heard of it but it’s amazing!

    Jess //

    1. oh yeah, I’ve never heard of that one! if my pill ever stops working the way I’d like it too I will ask about that. I’ll just have to see if they offer it in the US first before I ask. however I can’t see why they wouldn’t! xx

  9. yorkshiremumof4 says:

    I really miss the depo injection for not having periods at all but it was no good for my acne and when husband had the snip he didn’t need it. Now I just use feminax and lovely warm baths.

    It is really sad people don’t talk to girls more about periods as when I was 11 no one had mentioned about bleeding from your vagina at all, I hope to educate my daughters about periods so it isn’t such a huge shock to them.

    1. I actually only use my pill for my period and not as contraceptive since I would like to wait till marriage but I completely agree that girls need to be taught more about their period. when I was about 10 or 11 they separated our class into boys & girls so we could both learn about what was to come with our bodies as we got older, however I don’t think the classroom aspect worked because I think everyone was too embarrassed to understand or ask questions. xx

  10. i love that you’re speaking about such a taboo topic which shouldnt be taboo, hopefully this might help some young girls!

    1. thank you ellie, really appreciate that xx

  11. Ah this is such an important post! Why is period chat still such a taboo?! At school our period chat was SO insufficient. Covered all the basics but didn’t tell us half of the side-effects. I’m glad the conversation is beginning to open up now though!

    1. thank you! It was awful at my school as well! I don’t know if the class room setting for a conversation like this is right for young girls. They are just naturally too embarrassed by it, since they’ve never experienced it that they might not ask questions xx

  12. I love how you’ve been so open in this post – I’ve always struggled with cramps like majorly and the pill has helped a little but I’ve struggled finding one that works for me too! I definitely encourage everyone to be open and not be scared of talking with your doctor! ♥︎

    1. completely agree! I actually was getting frustrated with my doctor since I have a male doctor, he obviously can’t understand what pain i’m actually in so I almost gave up on the pill thinking he wasn’t listening to what I was telling him. glad i didn’t xx

  13. Miss Blogs-A-Bit says:

    Well done for speaking out on what is still viewed as a taboo subject by so many. Your earlier years suffering with your periods sounds awful, I’m so glad you’ve finally managed to find something that works for you. I was really young when I started mine (11) and they used to make me feel so ill. I’d end up having near enough a day or two off school every month because of it. In the end, I went on the pill at 15 as I felt there was no other way out. Luckily, it worked for me and I began to feel much less sick each month. Keeping my fingers crossed that this continues to work for you! Xxx

    1. thank you! the only thing they didn’t do would be make me feel physically ill, but every other symptom I had. I’m glad you found something so early on to make them more manageable xx

  14. This post is amazing! I have really heavy periods but I can’t take birth control unfortunately I have a reaction to it that makes me ill. It’s so silly that periods are still a taboo subject, it’s a part of female life!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. thank you, couldn’t agree more! Im so sorry you’re unable to take birth control. hopefully you’ve found something that makes them more manageable xx

  15. Thank you so much for sharing this post! It’s such an important topic – and should definitely be normalised! It’s a natural thing so I’m glad people are being more open now – I’ve always had unusual cycles too but they evened out after some meds. I hope you continue to feel better and your method keeps working! Xx

    1. thank you! i completely agree, almost every woman has one and if she doesn’t im sure there is a specific reason she doesn’t xx

  16. I’m so sorry you’ve gone through this, it made me feel truly sick imaging life being so rough when it comes to your period 🙁 well done you for sharing your story too, I really feel if schools were more honest and open about it all then we wouldn’t feel so awkward and embarrassed like you mentioned, especially when staying round a friends house and learning how to manage periods x x
    Ellis //

    1. thank you! i agree my school didn’t do a good job with it…maybe introduced us to it when we were too young I know I just felt uncomfortable and giggled through the whole class about it. xx

  17. Thank you for sharing your story Mich, periods shouldn’t be a taboo subject and women shouldn’t have to suffer in silence. I’m sorry to hear yours have been so bad, but glad to read you have found a solution to get them under control. Well done for speaking out and I hope this posts helps others who are also having a tough time with them too <3 xx

    Bexa |

    1. thank you bexa, that means a lot xx

  18. Lisa's Notebook says:

    I’m so sorry you’ve had such a horrible time with your periods. I know what you mean about not wanting to keep pumping hormones into your body too. I had a similar issue with heavy, painful, clotted periods for many years. I even had a laparoscopy to see if anything was untoward (it wasn’t). The only thing that worked for me was a combination of acupuncture and chinese herbs over about 6-8 months. They resolved the hormonal imbalances and things are so much better now. I’d recommend it to any woman over a pill! X

    Lisa |

    1. thank you! I have never thought of trying acupuncture and chinese herbs, I am going to have to look into those! xx

  19. Periods suck and they suck even more when they are heavy and painful. I feel you! I have been on the same birth control for over a year and it’s a magical thing. Granted, I need it for other things, as well,but the lighter and more manageable periods is such a win.

    S .x

    1. Oh I completely agree, while I only use mine for periods since I’d like to wait till marriage it’s nice to have my body adjusted to it incase I need it for other reasons xx

  20. I wish I would have known this information when I was at school and first getting my periods as they were quite heavy. It is so important that we can speak about our periods and raise awareness, help each other out, give tips! Great post!! xx

    1. thank you!! it’s crazy how quickly we learn about our periods but also upsetting that we really only learn from experiencing it because it’s so taboo to talk about still xx

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  22. I get hormonal migraines and headaches. I’m sorry you are getting those now too. We do go through so much and it can be a huge pain! Hang in there!!

    1. thank you! thankfully if i go to sleep they tend to go away and i’ve only gotten them at night so it hasn’t been to bad x

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