Lets talk about periods.

No, this isn’t a sponsored post or a surviving your period hacks kind of post.
I was scrolling through twitter when I saw a link to an article saying ‘Period pain, proven to be as bad as a heart attack’ I clicked on the article to view the replies I was so shocked to see other women mocking this. I have sort of come to expect it from some men sadly, but fellow women? Just because you experience something a certain way, doesn’t mean it’s the same for everybody.

I will be the admit that my blog is very pink and ‘fluffy bunnies’ style content but this is something I just had to talk about. I know some who girls can get away with using panty liners during their menstrual cycle, or they’ve told me that they barely notice they’re even having their period and that’s great, I wouldn’t wish pain on anyone but for me periods have seriously affected my day to day life. They can be extremely debilitating. So please do not dismiss it.

I would literally dread the dull ache in my stomach, reminding me that my period was about to start. Even days before the nausea, cold sweats etc  I would even have to take 2-3 days off school / college / work and if it was particularly bad, the full week. I didn’t just experience discomfort from ‘slight stomach cramps’ I remember being curled up in a  ball on my bed waiting for the extra strength ibuprofen to kick in, taking it religiously every 4 hours. Sometimes even vomiting from the pain, experiencing cold sweats, back pain, headaches, the list of symptoms goes on and on.

Feeling ashamed and embarrassed because I’d have to go to the bathroom to change my pad or tampon during a lesson due to heavy bleeding, constantly feeling unclean and worrying about ‘leaking’ at school I mean god forbid you sneeze. You know what I’m talking about. I went to my GP who fobbed me off with using a hot water bottle, I was too young to feel confident enough to voice my own opinion so, I took the so called advice. Of course with this level of pain the hot water bottle did nothing to combat the pain.

So with the help from my mum sat trawling the internet for something to help we finally stumbled across the implant (it protects against pregnancy but NOT STI’s) I feel like I have an obligation to write that.. I had previously tried the pill (microgynon) and it made them even worse. I was a little nervous to try the implant in my arm as the doctor wanted me they do not remove them lightly. Once it’s in, it’s in for the full three years kind of thing.

I experienced some mood swings, that’s about it no dramatic side effects thankfully. The main thing was my periods stopped all together. Absolute heaven, no more sleepless nights from bleeding, no more carefully choosing not to wear every day, no more crippling pain for a week out of every month (not including ovulation pains!) It may sound silly to some but it has seriously changed my life!

It’s not guarantee that the implant will stop your periods, I read on the internet some people stop all together and some people can spot continuously. So it’s not a guaranteed solution but it worked for me and I can’t ever imagine going back to living my life that way!

This has been a rambling random post, but if you are suffering trust me you’re not alone, persevere go to your GP and don’t suffer in silence! Find something that works for you, don’t let anyone dismiss your pain!



  1. August 25, 2017 / 9:43 am

    Oh Becky! I can sort of feel with you on this post. When I used to have periods, they were awful, but to be fair I was lucky because I have next to 0 pain. But boy were they heavy! Constantly worrying about leaking, smelling, ‘hearing’ the pantie liner whilst I walked! One time at school (stupidly I was wearing a skirt?!) I leaked all over these new-like light-wooden chairs in a math class. I’m not sure if anyone saw as we left. But surely someone had to sort it out… makes me feel embarrassed to this day!
    I went on the mini-pill in 2012, and within 4/5 months my periods stopped all together (hallelujah!), and just occasionally had a little tiny brown ‘show’. I stayed on the pill until Jan 2017 as we decided to try for a baby, I got my periods back obviously, but I felt so much more ‘in control’ as an adult about it, and not so scared and embarrassed about it like I was back when I was 13/14. I think when you get older you realise it’s natural, and women have it.
    I’m currently 5 months pregnant (WOOP) and again have no periods (Double WOOP)!
    Sorry I went on a little here…! I just wanted to share my period stories for others aswell if they are suffering with the mental side of when their period comes!
    Much love, Caitylis x x

  2. Thank you for sharing your experience – I’ve never had any problems with my periods myself so I can’t exactly relate, but I do like your more personal post. Please share more about yourself, it’s always nice to know more about the bloggers I read!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  3. August 25, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    I love this post!! I have always had such bad periods and always feel like no one takes it as serious as it is. Absolute agony. Thank fully, with the pill it really eased and now even though im not on it, it really has eased!!

  4. Rachel
    August 25, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    The implant stopped my periods for the first year which was absolute bliss but then the absolute hell happened for the year and a half after that. I continued to constantly bleed and it made me feel awful and gave me really bad acne whih has left me with awful scarring. Thankfully the female nurse practitioner who put it in was very understanding and urged me to get it removed as the tablets I had been taking weren’t stopping the bleeding either. I was a little nervous about getting it removed as I’d heard mixed experiences. She had started to get it out and I thought oh this isn’t so bad after all, she did say they are usually straight out in around 3-5 minutes. I was lay there for 25 minutes as it was stuck on the arm tissue. Was very sore and left me with a monster of a bruise which people constantly asked what had happened to me at work. Since I got this removed on June 2016 I have never went back onto any form of birth control and mentally feel so much better for it

  5. August 25, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Period pain is real! I didn’t really feel too much of it at first, but I feel like these last few years it has gotten worse, though for me, thankfully not to the point of debilitating. I didn’t know anything about implants! Thanks for sharing 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  6. August 25, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this! I too see things like this all the time on social media and it drives me nuts!
    I have always suffered in a similar (although less severe) way to you, it really is debilitating!

  7. August 25, 2017 / 4:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post I’m so glad you’ve found something to ease your pain because it’s just the worst. My periods used to be so painful I remember once in University the boys I was living with found me curled up in pain on the floor one day and they were so distraught they thought I was dying and nearly phoned an ambulance for me, they honestly had no idea the pain could get that bad for some girls. Thankfully I don’t suffer as bad anymore and the strange cure was exercise and it’s one of the reasons I actually keep up with some form of regular exercise (great motivation haha) although I still sometimes get migraines but I find I only get them if I’ve been eating too much sugar or junk food (more motivation to keep a healthy diet lol) xoxo


  8. August 25, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    I LOVE that you took the time to write this post. I currently have all the symptoms you have when it comes to my period. It’s the absolute worst. It’s hurtful when others downplay your experience. Nobody wants to go through this. I’m currently looking at natural remedies to try and help so we will see how this goes!

  9. Ayisha
    August 25, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    Girl, same. My period pain is not as bad as when I was in school but they are still pretty awful. It was so bad as a teen/young adult I would sometimes pass out cold for a few mins! They put me hospital a couple times as the pain was unlike anything I’ve felt yet. Add vomiting, back pain and aching boobs to the mix and it was a disaster I was fearing every month. I tried a whole bunch of solutions and landed on the IUD copper as my body was not too happy with the extra hormones other options offered. Now the pain is waaay more manageable and I can mostly function during a cycle. I had to deal with almost everyone telling me I was over reacting and ‘it can’t be that bad’ ( like I was making myself pass out?)
    Well done for speaking up, it’s horrible to think of other women just dismissing other women legit pain.

  10. Irina
    August 25, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us! It really helped me and boosted my self confidence. Seeing this post made me so happy, especially because I’ve been mocked about this before, but now I feel better about myself. Thank you for inspiring me everg day.
    – Irina xx
    P.S. Greetings from Romania 🙂

  11. August 27, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    I’ve always had extremely painful, and heavy periods ever since I started. I would be almost bedridden from day 1 of my cycle because the pain was just unbearable. It did make me chuckle reading, ‘god forbid you sneeze’ because I can totally relate to that hahah. I tried the pill for almost two years but it effected my mental health badly, and made me feel quite unwell a lot of the time so gave that up. I’m going to the doctors soon to try and speak to them about the implant, so fingers crossed its something that works for me! Great post!

    Lucy | Forever September

  12. August 27, 2017 / 10:20 pm

    This is such a great post! I feel like periods are such a taboo subject which is stupid and they need to be talked about more!!


    Ellie xx

  13. August 28, 2017 / 12:23 am

    I can really relate to this Becky and it drives me mad when people dismiss the problems periods can cause. Even before I started my periods, for a couple of years before hand, I would get terrible pains once a month that sent me home from school. Then the periods started and life just got awful. I would spend a good week in absolutely agony, not being able to get out of bed apart from to throw up or change my pad. I’ve never felt pain like it and I literally felt like my insides were twisting inside me. I would cry and cry because even painkillers wouldn’t do anything. Then I started getting ovulation pain mid-way through my cycle. It wasn’t quite as bad, but it still left me incredibly debilitated and throwing up. So, all in all, I was spending a couple of weeks out of every month bed bound or housebound. I went back and forth to my GP and was, like you, told to use a hot water bottle, Ibuprofen and then Mefanamic Acid, none of which did anything. Finally, I was put on the pill. It took a couple of changes before we found the right one, but the change was magical. My periods were no longer so heavy that I was chaining my pads every half an hour and the pain was pretty much non-existent. I think a lot of women feel embarrassed about period pain and feel like they just have to put up with it, so I hope this post encourages more women to speak to their GP if they’re struggling and find the courage to push for whatever it is they need to make things a bit more manageable.

    Jenny xx


  14. October 26, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    I can relate to this SOOOO much. My periods were always awful and finally i convinced my mum to take me to get put on the pill (Microgynon like yourself) and for the first year, things were fine. The second year brought about one of the worst side effects that birth control can dole out – depression. It got pretty bad and I just stopped taking them, sort of accepting the fact i would have to live with bad periods for the rest of my life rather than feel that way.
    It was only 5 years later that i was introduced to the injection. The women in my family had all had horrid experiences on it, and since the effects last 12 weeks, i was pretty hesitant at first (I was told that your genetics sometimes has a play in how it affects you, hence the worry). Ive been on it now 2 years (depo provera – or something like that) and it has stopped my periods entirely, literally bliss. Ive had no horrid side effects and although i will need to take a break period next year, I’m living my best life, in no pain and able to rock white jeans

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