Post # 1
I am having a heavy period today & I hate it. 🙁 I just got out of the tub (got in to bath plus soak in hot water to help my cramps) & when I stood up and stepped out blood hit the floor & splashed every where. 🙁 Every since I had a MC over a year ago my periods have been heavy on the first day & my cramps have gotten worse. (I use to only get cramps in my stomach, now I get cramps and horrible back pain.) Everything checks out okay (since the MC.) So its nothing to worry about but its a pain in the ass. If I have anywhere to go I can always feel blood pouring out of me at random moments (I wear pads now, use to be a tampon girl through & through.) I need to walk our dog Sophie here in a bit but don’t even feel like it. Rant ended. :/
Anyone else have heavy periods? (Mine only last 3 days thankfully & if 4 days the last day is spotting only.) But are there any tips to heavy periods other than BC & wearing TWO pads?
Post # 3
As I am not a doctor I don’t know if this is the best advice, but my GYN had me taking ibuprofen because of my heavy bleeding. I don’t remember the exact dose but it was quite a bit and twice a day. But I would definitely suggest talking to your doctor about finding something to help.
Post # 4
@Future Mrs. W: Thanks! That is what I always use. My mom also said anything else makes her bleed more so I took her advice. lol
Post # 5
YES! I started yesterday, and the first two days are the hardest. Heavy periods and bad cramps (including back pain.) Thankfully it wasn’t too bad this month and I made to work, but sometimes it’s so bad I can’t move 🙁 But like you, I find baths help a lot.
Hope you feel better soon!
Post # 6
my periods are like that as well. Sometimes i have to wear a tampon and a pad. I started Birth control and it has been a godsend. I rarely ever cramp. My periods are pretty regular light now and i dont get sick like I use to. I know this isnt ideal if you TTC soon though 🙁
The only other thing I could suggest is to eat alot of pomegrante pineapple and dairy. Even though you dont feel like it exercise does help ease the cramps.
invest in a good heating pad!!! 🙂 *hug*
Post # 7
I have pretty heavy periods. Something that REALLY works for me is the Diva Cup. Have you every tried it? When I used to wear pads and tampons, I sometimes had to change them up to every half hour, even if I used high absorbency. With the Diva Cup, I empty it about 3 times a day even on a heavy day! It’s amazing and I can’t believe I didn’t start using it earlier.
ETA: I used to wear tampons and pads at the same time, and it would still go through my pants. Since I’ve used the Diva Cup (about 4 months now), I just wear it and a pantyliner and no problems. Try it!
Post # 8
@Sweet.Sugar.Rose: to be honest, “blood pouring out of me at random moments” and blood coming out after a shower….all of that sounds like a normal period. If youve noticed a heavier flow than usual, sure that may be something to ask your doctor about (I’m assuming you’ve already scheduled an appt with your gyno, as obviously he/she would be the best person to give advice on your body instead of us).
Infinity pads by Always are great for heavy days. Birth control is also known to really reduce flow and cramps.
Post # 9
@Sweet.Sugar.Rose: HATE heavy periods and cramps. 🙁 soo sorry you are going through this (and the MC). I’ve noticed my periods/cramps have gotten worse as I get older.
What kind of tampons did you use? and how frequent were you changing them? I found Tampax Pearl Ultra (purple) and they have been a lifesaver! On my heavy flow days, I still have to change them every hour or two – but they are SO much more asorbant than the “Super”. I got a sample of them in my “Super” box and then couldn’t find them anywhere (not at CVS, Walgreens, etc.). My local Target just started carrying them, but if you can’t find them – order them online! They are sooo wonderful and help get me through those awful heavy days.
Post # 10
@blueskies7: It is normal & nothing is wrong its just frustrating because I never use to be this way until I had a MC last year. :/
Thanks everyone so much for sharing! Also @MademoiselleL: I have seen the diva cups but never tried them! How do they work? Sorry I couldn’t help but ask because I am worried they will hurt or something?
@oracle: I only use pads now. :/ I had to stop using tampons due to yeast infections caused by my diabetes. 🙁
Post # 11
I have pretty heavy periods. The most unfortunate part for me is that they last about 7 days in total. Fortunately, the worst days are the first 3. I actually find that when I use tampons, my flow seems to be lighter sooner than when I just wear pads. It’s too bad that you’ve had to stop using them 🙁 Have you considered using a menstrual cup? The thought is kind of nasty, but you might have to use fewer pads throughout this *lovely* time of the month.
Honestly, I think this is one of those things where you might just have to tough it out. Luckily you only have 3 days to deal with. Good luck!
Post # 12
Oh…. Just noticed that @MademoiselleL suggested the cups. Sorry.. my bad!
Post # 13
You might be a good candidate for Lysteda (not a BCP, but something you take during your period). Talk to your OB/GYN…mine gave me samples to try. It ended up giving me such nasty headaches that I quit taking it before I could tell if it worked for me, but you might have a better experience.
I also second/third the recommendation of the Diva Cup. I couldn’t get it in without extreme pain before I got married (and started having sex), but it’s fine now. There are various folding techniques explained in the little pamphlet that comes with it…a lot of it is just finding out what works for you.
Post # 14
@Sweet.Sugar.Rose: Hi sorry I just returned here! They are very flexible silicone and do not hurt at all. When they get full, they kind of sink down and you can start to feel them around the “opening”…but then you know to empty. It doesn’t hurt though. Sorry if this is graphic lol…I’m not sure how to explain in nice terms! When it’s in I can’t even feel it. It’s seriously awesome. And people say that it’s “messy” – well you might have to wash your hands but I honestly find that it makes up for it in other ways. At the risk of being graphic again…the period smell comes when the blood exits your body and oxidizes and you don’t get that with the cup. I also found it to be quite messy when tampons and pads weren’t absorbing what they needed to 🙂
Mine costed $40 and it was the best purchase ever…it might be worth a try!