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?