(Closed) I hate my period.

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ask your doctor if you can try a new birth control. I started out on LoEstrin 24 and loved it – light period, barely any cramps (and I usually get awful cramps) and less mood swings. I thought all birth control was like that until I went on a generic the year I went away to school (i.e., I’m broke now!).

But the generic was nothing like the LE24. I got pretty much my old period, old cramps, plus I had insane cravings. I finally gave in and went back to the LE24, but this time I’m buying it in 90 day doses so it’s a little cheaper. It’s well worth it to me. I think you just have to find what works best for your body. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Your body is probably still adjusting to your new birth control regimine.  It can take up to 6 months for your body to fully readjust.  And since you were on depo for so long it may take longer.  If in a few more months you are still having a bad period, then try a different kind of pill.  Sometimes a lot of trial and error is involved in finding which pill works best with your body. 

As for cramps, have you seen those portable heat pads they sell?  I love using those when I have cramps, I’m not stuck on the couch all day, and it really does help relieve the pain.  Stay away from caffiene, that will make your cramps worse.  And chocolate is good for the endorphins to help relieve the pain.  Sorry you’re in so much pain, hope it gets better soon!

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I totally sympathize with you. The depo shot didn’t do jack for decreasing my periods. THey were still crazy heavy (1.5 boxes of super plus tampons for 7 full days) and painful (vicodin for 5 days). It wasn’t until I went on lupron that put me into menopause for 6 months that my periods “reset” and now they’re really quite mild. I used to WISH we lived in Korea so I could take a woman’s day once a month like they get =]

Sorry no advice. I used to live on corn critter heat bags (pop in the microwave, stay hot for hours), heavy overnight pads plus a tampon to sleep (so i didn’t wake up unpleasant), and vicodin. Probably not what you want, LOL. I took plenty of advil in the week leading up to it but the pain would make me vomit so my options were vomit or vicodin so I took the latter!

Look at it this way–pregnancy means no period for 9 months, haha. Altho it comes with its own set of unpleasantries. Those heating bags are pretty good, though. I also took baths with epsom salts in them. Epsom salts help with like, bruising and edema and swelling and I felt like they helped with the crazy bloating issues. Plus it just feels good to soak that lower back/front area in hot water.

I’ve had people suggest acupuncture to me before but i never ventured there myself

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Definitely talk to your doctor. I had the same problem. Mine prescribed me this pain killer that is known to help with menstrual cramps and that really helped… I don’t have the name of it here at work though!

Also, I don’t even take that pain killer anymore and I am on Seasonale… never have a problem.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh, like the PP’s said. It takes a year for depo to get out of your system. But birth control pills are NOT the same. You can stop those as soon as you want kids. So maybe you want to stay on a birth control pill until the depo is out of your system? Unless you plan on TTC like, now.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I use those Thermacare heat wraps you can get at any drug store. They are for back pain but I just strap it on backwards! That and Aleve get me through! Good luck!

Post # 10
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

http://cornbagcritters.com/

Amazing. I wouldn’t order the animal heads. That’s just weird, lol

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m on nuvaring and although I love the fact that I leave it in there for 3 weeks. I’ve noticed recently that I’ve changed.  I’ve been on nuva ring for about 5 years now and just recently I noticed some side effects. I’ve had some bad cramps and I’ve started PMSing.  I’ve had cramps here and there but last month, they were bad.  I just wanted to lay in bed all day.  And I’ve been PSMing too.  I don’t usually have PMS, things here are there but yesterday, I went all nuts on the Darling Husband. I apologized after I flipped out on him for something stupid.

Anyway, there are some other new side effects that I’ve been experiencing so I’m scheduled an appointment with the OB/GYN and hoping to switch birth control.  I was on depo years ago but dr made me switch.  I don’t like pills because I will forget to take them.  I’m thinking about asking if I can go back on to depo.  I hear they only allow you to go on it for 2 years and tell you to get off because of the calcium depletion… but it’s actually perfect timing because Darling Husband and I want to start having in kids in 2 years.  Wow, that’s kinda scary to think about.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

One thing I do to varying degrees of success is proactively take advil (or the generic version). The anti-inflammatory helps a little bit, but only if you start taking it before the cramping starts.

I also stay away from caffeine and soy products during my period. They seem to aggravate the cramping, for me.

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