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!