Post # 1
I’m typing this hunched up at work with a hot water bottle. Ugh.
Over the last 6 months or so I’ve noticed my periods are worse – both in terms of PMT and just feeling rotten. I’m 25 so not particularly old, but I have a friend (who is 30) who said hers seemed to get worse around my age. Has anyone else noticed this?
PMT symptoms used to start 4 or 5 days before period, now it’s 10 days before. I used to get a little stressed, now I get really anxious and feel isolated. I used to be a little bit tired, now I need to nap in the day about 8 or 9 days beforehand.
I used to get a bit of cramping and period would come the next day, now I get pain/cramping/feeling wiped out and period takes a further 4 days to arrive. I’m still regular with a 29 day cycle, but it just feels like the build-up is worse. The pain I have is now often one-sided whereas it used to be all-over and in my lower back.
I’m also much heavier for the first 2 days then light for another 3, where I used to be fairly medium-flow for the entire 5 days. More than anything it’s just feeling wiped out and crap for longer than I used to.
Anyone got any pearls of wisdom on how to make this easier? I can’t take hormonal BC as it makes me feel like a psycho.
Post # 2
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
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
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
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 # 6
Thanks guys. I try and eat a banana every day anyway just as I think they’re great! I’m also trying iron rich stuff and green veg like kale and broccoli as I heard the more green something is the better it is for period pain.
I feel like I’ve tried every contraception under the sun but maybe I will go back and give it one more go. I had the copper coil and after 5 months of agony I gave up and removed it.
Post # 7
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/
Post # 8
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
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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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
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
Post # 12
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
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
Raspberry leaf tea. See a doctor.
Post # 15
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!