What's the worst thing about menstruation?

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: The worst thing about menstruating is...
    Sanitary ware : (11 votes)
    10 %
    Not being able to have sex : (11 votes)
    10 %
    Not being pregnant : (5 votes)
    5 %
    The physical pain : (36 votes)
    33 %
    The emotional suffering : (8 votes)
    7 %
    The smell : (1 votes)
    1 %
    The mess : (32 votes)
    29 %
    Something else : (5 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    968 posts
    Busy bee

    I hate the cramps! But I also hate wearing pads – it feels disgusting, and I’m always paranoid some got on my pants. I tried using tampons a handful of times, but I hate wearing them (long story), so I have to use pads.

    Hang in there! 🙂

    Post # 3
    Member
    1917 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I’ve got endometriosis and whenever I have my period, the pain is about 100x worse than it ever was years ago! I literally get to the point of pain where I can’t walk, sit, move, cross my legs, nothing! Plus, I always get sick. I will get a fever and be nauseated and dizzy. The pain literally is the worst for me though, scale of 1-10 it’s an 11!! I’ve even had surgery to remove some of the tissue adhesions since I had some tissue that was pulling on my ovary. Completely miserable…

    Post # 4
    Member
    2580 posts
    Sugar bee

    Everything! I get terrible periods pain so bad I can’t stand up. I have to be heavily medicated to be able to function ( muscle relaxers and such) it sucks 🙁

    Post # 5
    Member
    1679 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    #1. cramps. Ugh. #2 Also the not having sex. My period lasts 7-8 days and that’s a LONG time.

    Post # 6
    Member
    1613 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I hate everything about it! Cramps, bloating, headaches, etc….

    Post # 7
    Member
    1164 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Sparkidoodle:  I also went years without a period thanks to birth control! When I got my implanon out and started my first period after so long, I swear my body was trying to make up for 4 years of no period! I hurt so bad!!! I never had bad period cramps before but now I have to sleep on a heating pad during my period. DH of course doesn’t understand the pain but he knows I can’t sleep if I’m hot so if I am in enough pain to sleep with a heating pad that makes me sweat, it’s pretty significant!!

    Post # 8
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    5421 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Sparkidoodle:  I have endo. I have only had 3 natural periods in the last 12 years as I’m on hormonal BC, and I’ve not had a period for 4 years now since starting on Cerazette. My periods on hormonal BC were very manageable: very light, and little-no pain. 

    My natural periods are another story. I’d say the pain was the worst thing as it left me bed-bound for 3 days every 28 days, vomiting and delirious. Even going to the toilet was difficult. I also suffered severe bowel pain to the point I would black out briefly on the toilet, and also severe pain during intercourse for the days around my period. But the ‘mess’ was also pretty bad; my flow was so heavy that I would soak through a super tampon coupled with a night-time towel in under an hour (nights were horrendous, as was school), and I regularly ruined my knickers and bed-linen (had to bring spare knickers to school and sleep in old knickers, setting my alarm for every few hours so I could change my sanitary wear). I also passed a lot of large clots, urgh! 

    So yeah, I had a pretty bad experience overall, but the pain was the worst bit because I didn’t know what I was doing and couldn’t concentrate on anything (I missed a lot of school). I’m so thankful for hormonal BC and will never come off it. 

    Post # 9
    Member
    4827 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

    One bad thing about my period is the terrible headache I get on day one of it.

     

    The other bad thing is the fact that IT MEANS I’M NOT PREGNANT, WAAAAAAHHHHHH

    Post # 10
    Member
    559 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I share your pain. I’ve been on the pill for about 10 years now. I recently got married and we’ll probably TTC in about a year or so. I told my doctor I was thinking about going off the pill soon just to start charting and such and she warned me that I probably don’t even remember how annoying it is to get my period. The pills make them pretty much non-existant. The doctor was right. For whatever reason I had my first real period in years this week (not sure why – still on the same pills I’ve always been on) and it was ANNOYING. It hurt, I felt bloated, it was messy (didn’t even have any pads/tampons in the house). I’d forgotten how sucky cramps can be.

    Post # 11
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    1762 posts
    Buzzing bee

    CRAMPS. They are so painful that I have to seriously drug myself. If I don’t take a high dose of pain meds in time and the pain takes hold, I’m pretty much screwed. Once they start, nothing helps.

    Post # 12
    Member
    122 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Ugh, it’s totally the mess, and along with it the fact that I feel gross and unsexy (so no sex).  

    Post # 13
    Member
    57 posts
    Worker bee

    For me it’s the cramps and the overall grossness I feel. On my period my carmps get so bad that I can’t even get out of bed some days, I’ve had to call into work before. No good.

    Post # 14
    Member
    73 posts
    Worker bee

    Sparkidoodle:  The worst bit is the pain 🙁 I have a bowel condition and on my period my tummy and tail bone feel so sore. A bit TMI but I generally can’t go to the toilet during the first week so once my period is over I feel clogged up and sore. I’ve been on the pill for 4 years and finally have a normal life.

    Post # 15
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    1917 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    barbie86:  I have massively bad bleeding with my endo too! I know exactly how that feels to completely soak through super tampons and a pad within an hour. It makes travel and going out miserable…

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