This may be a little too much information to share, but I am curious to know if any of you are going through what I am!
After the birth of my 2nd, my periods have gotten increasingly worse. They are so bad, that I can’t really leave the house day 2 and 3. I am changing a super tampon every hour, and have to wear an enormous pad. It is just awful. I have large blood clots that create a gush of blood, and if I am not at home it can be a nasty ordeal.
When we were in Mexico, we were about to board a boat and I had on a brand new swimsuit and white cover-up dress. We are walking to the pier, when I could just feel the gush, and I felt the blood dripping down my leg. I freaked out, as I worried what my kids would think (as they haven’t been briefed on female issues yet) and I was worried that I couldn’t get to a bathroom fast enough!!
Thankfully we found a restaurant and a bathroom and I was able to clean myself up. Also, I happened to bring a 2nd swimsuit just in case; which ended up being a life saver!
It is frustrating because I feel like my menstrual cycle is controlling my life every month. Ovulating for me is very painful, and I often have worse symptoms than PMS. I also get bad cramps during the month, which I am trying to control with CBD Oil (it does help a bit!) I am always exhausted the day before I start; I feel like I could nap all day. Once I do start, my periods last the full 7 days. You would think with the heavy flow the first few days I would get a break, but that’s not the case 🙁 It is pretty brutal.
My friend JUST told me about Ultra tampons which I had NO clue were a thing. I have only ever bought Super Plus!, So, I am really excited to try to see if they help. I also just bought my first pairs of Thinx Underwear (which have a built in pad in them!) I got a brief for heavy flow, and the thong for lighter days. These would also be great for young girls who have very little flow, or if you are like me and need to wear a pad but hate them. They come highly recommended, so I will let you guys know how well they work. I also have bladder issues (from having kids), and running is not an option for me. I am wondering if these might work for that??
I have downloaded the Flo Living app which helps me to track my period each month. Also, by day it tells you what you should eat, and do for rest and exercise based on the symptoms I am experiencing. It has been a really great tool! It would also be good for if you are trying to get pregnant and you can track your ovulation.
In the end, I really would like to figure out a solution to this problem. I have heard of procedures of having the lining of your uterus scraped which is supposed to really help with heavy periods. Have any of you done this?? I am set to see my Gynecologist soon, and am anxious to find out what options I may have. One thing I definitely do not want to do is go back on the pill, I just don’t love the ups and downs of my hormones.
If any of you have had an issue with this, and have found a solution I would love your input!!!