Post # 1
Do any of you experience periods that are – in short – quite debilitating?
I have always had rather rough periods, but they’ve gotten worse in my twenties. Not heavy, per say, but accompanied with some pretty extreme symptoms. My mood swings are intense – for about a week, I waver between being completely sane and acting like an emotional wreck, with bouts of crying and panicked meltdowns. Ugh, my poor, poor SO. My cramps can be horrendous, sometimes causing me to feel nauseated and bedridden, unable to go about my daily routine in peace.
The women in my family all have estrogen dominance, so hormonal birth control has always been a relatively dangerous option for me. I have an incredibly regular cycle, and my paps and blood tests have all been normal for the past two years (I had an abnormal pap once a few years ago, but it cleared pretty immediately). My gyno has suggested lowering my sodium intake and increasing my vitamins, but nothing is really working to eliminate the extremity of my ‘monthly gift’. It may be time to go back for more advice.
Anyone else experience this? What have you been advised, or already done to remedy some of your symptoms?
Post # 3
I have horrible cramps as well and the only thing that I have found that works for me is Tums. I dont know the logic behind it but it works for me. I’m sorry they are such a PITA.
Post # 4
Aleve and Midol and lots of caffeine… and a glass or two of white wine.
Post # 5
Mine were really bad before I went on the pill at 14 (I’m talking excruciating, double-over cramps, bleeding for weeks straight, etc.). They’re still not fun, but they’re tolerable. They’ve gotten worse lately, and my doctor thinks I might have endometriosis (having exploratory surgery in like two weeks to check for it), so hopefully I’ll have some answers soon!
When I have bad cramps, I invite one of our cats to lay on my tummy. The heat and pressure really helps.
Post # 6
Heating pad + wine + Midol + hot bath = My periods don’t TOTALLY suck.
Without any of those things, I’m a big baby. :/ They’ve always been terrible and progressively got worse. They are also, wonderfully sporadic. (Sarcasm) I have PCOS, so I’m on BC to help with the cramps. They’re still terrible though.
Post # 7
I am experiencing the same thing. Now that I’m getting higher in my 20’s, my periods have become AWFUL.
These are my symptoms:
I have to take off work every month – I don’t even try to hide the fact that it’s my period from my boss. It’s getting really awful.
Post # 8
Actually after having my first baby my periods have really toned down. As a teen they were down right horrid! BC really did help ALOT!
@AmeliaBedelia: I don’t mean to thread jack but I have been meaning to say this to you: Just so you know I absolutely LOVE AmeliaBedelia! Her books were the first I remember reading and I have so many good memories reading them with my mom when I was little. I never really heard of anyone else reading them. Oh I would love to get some of those books again! Ok I’m done…hehe
Post # 9
@KateByDesign: ugh. I hear that. I was the opposite though. I had all those symptoms when I was younger and they’ve been getting better as I get older. They still are worse than a lot of women I know, but I am so happy I haven’t had to vomit over cramping for quite a few months now.
I truly sympathize for you though! I never found anything that helped it either…
Post # 10
Thanks for responding, ladies. I’m happy to see that for several of you, BC was able to help relieve some of the more awful symptoms. I only wish that it were an option for me! My mother ended up with a life-threatening blood clot in her lung after starting BC (years before I was born, she is totally fine), and my gyno explains that my risks could be similar.
Post # 11
@MissFlipFlops: Maybe after kiddos I won’t need the wine. 😉 And thank you. I surprisingly (to me) get a lot of comments/compliments on my screen name. haha. I loooove the books. It was my nickname too, but I plan on having a full set of the books for my future kiddos. You know, the ones that are going to help tone down the cramps? 🙂 See it’s related. No threadjacking here.
Post # 12
I used to get horrible gut-wrenching cramps. Hot water bottles did nothing, the only thing that helped was taking lots of Advil as soon as I felt the first twinges. Otherwise I’d be bed-ridden in a cold sweat for hours. I don’t know why, but they’ve gotten a lot better in past years.
Maybe it was because I started taking BC pills, but even off the pill my periods are much less unpleasant.
Post # 13
My periods have NEVER been bad, BUT then I had my daugher and oh my jesus they are horriblenow. I have cramps really bad, I get nauseated, have horrible mood swings, and my period last longer now. At first I though oh my body is just thrown off from giving birth itll go back to normal. Welp nope that was three years ago. 🙁
Post # 14
Yes I did and it was because of endometriosis. I’m now on BC continuously so I don’t get periods anymore.
Even though your mom had a problem with blood clots, I would look into BC now. The new pills have a lot less estrogen in them than the ones our parents used to take.
Post # 15
@MissAsB: I’ve considered that it might be endometriosis, which definitely scares me a little bit. Did you experience any other symptoms besides the awful periods?
I’m definitely going to talk to my gyno again at my annual, coming up next month. I usually bring up low-estrogen birth control, but she’s hesitant because of my current hormone levels. Although I would love me some painless periods, I’m weary of some of the possible (not incredibly harmful) side effects of BC.
Post # 16
I used to have horrible periods. Terrible, horrible, I don’t know how I made it through college dealing with them. I was hesitant to go on BC because I’ve had migraine issues in the past, but my doc put me on a super low estrogen pill and its been amazing. My cycles are finally regular and the cramping is much better than in the past. I also don’t get many of the other typical symptoms like bloating and what not.