Let’s Talk About Periods

Firstly I completely, a million percent agree with the idea of talking more openly about menstruation because let’s be honest, it should not be a taboo. Everyone single one of us lucky girls experiences periods and it absolutely does need to be talked about. When I first experienced a period as a ten year old girl, I had learned that there would be a bit of blood at the same time each month which would hurt my tummy a little. Then, when my periods turned out to be a lot of blood, completely irregular and very painful, I didn’t have a clue what was going on.

If you read my post on contraception you may already be aware that I was put on birth control at the young age of fourteen. It wasn’t for ‘protection’, but instead provided a solution to my nightmare, super heavy and painful periods. But, if you read that post you will also know that I recently came off of my birth control because of the other effects that it was having on me. Cue return of horrendous periods. Now luckily, I am off to see the doctor this afternoon and I do believe that there will be a solution to this but it seems that I have to choose between excruciatingly painful periods, or having awful mood swings and no intimacy or affection with my partner as a result of birth control.

This is not a fun decision to make.

Today I had to leave work early because my cramps were so bad they were making me cry and painkillers were useless. People will probably read this and be like ‘lol that’s hilarious, it’s just a period’ but when you’re woken up in the middle of the night with severe stomach cramps and are unable to get on with your day-to-day life because you’re in so much pain you feel nauseous, it’s not very funny at all.

And then there’s iron deficiency. Being naturally slim (read about that here if you wish but be warned, it’s ranty), having very heavy periods causes me anaemia. So whilst I’m unable to function normally due to unbearable stomach cramps, low mood and a constant backache, there’s then a general feeling of being unwell and fainting and blacking out to go with it.

And there’s there’s migraines. When I get migraines, I get migraines with aura. This means that alongside the usual headache, my body can go numb – usually my face and arms – and vision is impaired. Symptoms can be similar to that of a stroke which I’m sure you’ll appreciate can be downright terrifying so then comes anxiety.

I’ll be updating my contraception post after I’ve tried whatever the doctor gives me today so I’ll keep you posted – wish me luck.

Does anyone else experience similar periods? How do you cope with it?

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  1. September 27, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    I’m actually exactly the same when it comes to periods. Always have horrible cramps. The other day I got my period and we were out of medicine, so I had to wait till my mother went and bought me. In the mean time, I was practically dying and I am not exaggerating. It feels like I am being stabbed and nothing helps. I always end up crying. I can’t even stay in one position because of the pain. Also, I can’t even go to the toilet without feeling nauseous. Usually I pass out and that is never a fun thing. Basically, I hate periods and I wish I had it easy like some of the girls have.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  2. September 27, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    Me and my sister both get awful periods that wake us up at night and radiate pain to our kneecaps and back, but the usual contraceptive pill has been keeping mine at bay for a few years now. My sister on the other hand experienced a migraine with aura as you described with the stroke symptoms, sickness etc so has been put on a different pill making her cycle super irregular and unpleasant. I don’t know if there’s a solution to that when on a migraine friendly pill, but there must be better options than that, right?! Hope you get it sorted! I had no idea the migraine with aura could have been linked to her period. It’s not something I’ve ever heard happen to anyone besides my sister, so this was an interesting read 🙂

  3. September 28, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    Thankyou for sharing another fab post lady! I’ve been contemplating coming off the pill for a while now and I’m finding your posts really interesting and educational…off to read the next one now! x
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