Being Female | The Things I Could Do Without

Most of the time I love being a girl. I like being inspired and empowered by fellow females whilst enjoying cute clothes, typically girly things and, of course, having boobs. Having boobs is cool. However, there are some things about being a girl that cause a lot of stress!

Periods. Of course.
I wrote a post previously about my awful periods so I won’t go into it too much but my general feeling about it is that periods aren’t cool. Period pains are exactly that – painful – and the ‘time of the month’ always brings higher levels of anxiety for me. Also, that’s another thing – ‘time of the month’ – I hate when people are like ‘aw, is it your time of the month?’ What do they expect you to say? It’s either, ‘no, you’re just really winding me up’, or ‘I am curled up in pain and hating on every living thing so yes, it is my ‘time of the month.’ Why can’t we just be moody or emotional because we’re moody or emotional?

Menstrual Migraines.
Another joy of the period. When I’m not on the pill, the change in levels of oestrogen before a period always gives me a migraine. I get migraines with aura which means my vision goes and my body goes numb and tingly, so this isn’t an experience I welcome. Thankfully, being on the pill seems to have put a stop to this.

As I said, boobs are cool, but they hurt.
As I mentioned, boobs are great and it’s fun having them. But god, they hurt. They hurt a lot.

Sexism.
It’s 2017, come on people.

The constant worry that I’m pregnant.
This might just be me or the fact that I have anxiety but I find this the worst thing about being a girl. Most of the time it’s totally irrational. I’m on the pill. I’m protected. Nothing’s happened. But I feel sick. But I haven’t had my period yet. But I’m spotting. But, but, but…

Contraception.
I am so over the whole contraception trial and error thing. I changed recently and it still hasn’t settled, giving me completely irregular periods and a bit of nausea (see ‘the constant worry that I’m pregnant) and I still don’t even know if this one will work for me. I was on one for around four years before this and over time I became a completely different person, particularly towards my boyfriend, but you can read about that here if you like.

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4 Comments

  1. February 24, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    I agree with all of this as a currently menstrating female. Periods suck and the headaches are the worst aspect.

  2. February 25, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    I hate that the NHS can’t sort out contraception for women. I come from a country where health care is mostly private (or at least treated as private) and I can see such a difference in the approach to contraception. Sigh. And totally agree that I could do without the constant fear of being pregnant, I’m SO paranoid haha x

  3. February 28, 2017 / 11:18 am

    A very thought provoking read! Thank you for writing this, I think it’s really good for men to read this posts as well. Another very inspiring post Hannah. Keep doing you xx

  4. March 24, 2017 / 10:02 am

    Love this! Few bits made me giggle with how real it is! Lol

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