(Closed) Tips for terrible periods?

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Post # 2
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Helper bee

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nearlymrshill:  Maybe you should talk to an OB about trying to find the right pill that could work for you? Not all BC is created equal.  I have heard, for example that the Minera IUD is good for people have rough, heavy periods.

I recently got the other IUD, the Paragaurd copper one, and it was a bit of a rough transition.  I take advil before I think the cramps are about to start, make sure I stay hydrated, and try to avoid caffiene (key word try) and so far that’s kept the pain under control.  

Hang in there! 

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

As the PP said, talk to your OBGYN. Mine used to be really bad back in high school so I started on the pill although I was still a virgin. It helped! Patch makes me crazy, but it has since been discontinued. I’m sure there is an option for you. Otherwise, midol and a hot water bottle…

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
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nearlymrshill:  I’m tagging in to see if there are any tricks for the debilitating fatigue I get, or as you put it just totally “wiped out”.  

My cramps are one sided too and often they are the worst in my right leg.  TMI but i found a big help for me: I cannot wear tampons on the heaviest days or the cramping will be literally more than I can bear.  Not using them on those days makes the pain manageable with a steady flow of Advil.  But god are pads gross, I just feel like such a booger that whole week & I do not leave my house unless I absolutely have to.  SO tired, depressed, greasy hair, and sitting around in essentially a dirty diaper.  I feel like staying out back in the shed for five days.  It’s THE PITS.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I used to get really bad periods in my teens before I went on BC pills. I was going home from school early because they were so bad. Midol helps ALOT. And a shower, then lieing in bed. Also, bannanas, something about the potassium.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I would do as PPs have suggested with visiting your doctor.

Also, I used to get super super bad cramps and suffered quite a bit. I would take so much pain reliever in an attempt to help with the pain, but I hated taking medication. In search of a more natural method to deal with it, my sister introduced me to herbal teas. It sounds crazy, but it has helped tremendously!!! I had no idea a few cups of tea could make such a difference.

This is what I currently use the moment I feel any kind of symptom come on. The taste isn’t my favorite, but I’ve gotten used to it and it’s so worth it. https://www.yogiproducts.com/teas/womans-moon-cycle/

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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nearlymrshill: I agree with the PP who said to avoid tampons when you have cramps – in my experience, it makes them worse.

Something that helps me is peppermint tea. I don’t know if it will be strong enough to help you, but combined with heating pads and Midol, it usually gets me through the worst of it.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I used to have very heavy periods and extreme pain due to fibroids.  Fennel and raspberry leaves tea helped me with the pain. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

Increasing period pain as you get older and especially lowerback pain could also be a sign of endometriosis. I’d see a doctor about it.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I recently started using a tincture that helped A LOT with the pain (I used to pop advil above the recommended dose because of it!!). The tincture I got was a “crampbark” tincture (that’s the name of the herb). I originally used it only during my period, and that helped, but now i take it all through the month non-stop at the recommendation of my doctor and it helped way more, my pain is probably down by 70%. More info: http://www.rjwhelan.co.nz/herbs%20A-Z/crampbark.html

 

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Bee Keeper

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nearlymrshill:  how long did you give each hormonal method you tried? I ask because I see a lot of people giving up after a couple of months, and you really need to give them at least 6 months to settle. 

Otherwise, make sure you start taking pain killers as soon as the pain starts, or, if your cycle is predictable, before it starts. I used to take a paracetamol based one alongside a NSAID, and had different strengths eg paracetamol with ibuprofen when it wasn’t too bad, or diclofenac with co-codamol for when it was really bad. Tranexamic acid and mefanamic acid are also worth a look, as they can help reduce bleeding as well as being good painkillers. I found breathing exercises helped, too, as did warm baths. 

I’d also echo what a PP said re seeing your doctor: if they have worsened suddenly then you should consider tests to rule out things like cysts/fibroid or endometriosis. 

Hope This Helps

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

After I had son#2 my periods became horrendous.  They would last for 8-10 days. The cramps would have me doubled up for first 2 days. They would be so heavy that I would go through a super plus tampon in less than an hour. I had Mirena inserted 4 years ago. Since then I have had no cramps, I only need a panty liner, and it only lasts for 2 days.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

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nearlymrshill:  Raspberry leaf tea. See a doctor. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I understand your pain…my periods got really bad after i wasn’t allowed birth control due to migraines with aura. Acupuncture and chinese herbs really helped regulate my 35-40 day cycles (now 32 day cycles), and lessen my cramps a LOT! 

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