Unwelcome Visitor

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Every month it makes an appearance, it's the unwelcome visitor to women around the world and it's pretty much one of the worst ways to spend up to 7 days of your life. That's right, I'm talking periods today.



When it comes to period talk it seems to be a bit of a hush hush subject. My friends and I never used to talk about it, yet I would read stories of women talking about it together and it's usually depicted that way in the movies; that we sit around talking about when we are due, our symptoms, coming to each other's rescue and if I'm honest, I always wanted to have the period chat with my friends. It's such a big part of our lives and it would be nice to know if it's normal to cry for days before "aunt flow" is due or to eat my gran out of house and home for about two weeks before then starve myself when it finally appears, so when my friends and I started talking about it in a group chat I was relieved to know that I wasn't the only one who thought about strangling everyone around me when the mood hits and crying about wanting attention at 4am in the morning! 

Talking to my friends about what I was going through really helped because I get horrible symptoms and I mean HORRIBLE! Sometimes I black out with pain, sometimes I cry for a few days straight, I crave so much food then I starve myself, I'm sick, I bleed for two days or I bleed for around 8... There's so many symptoms I experience that I didn't knew were normal, and I'm glad I do now. I felt abnormal from time to time because I would read stories about a woman's typical period and some of my symptoms weren't included, so if there is one thing I could tell young women, it would be, talk about it! Talk about it with someone you feel comfortable with because more likely than not they will understand what you are going through and it's nice to have a friend you can call on when you need a movie night in your pjs watching comedy's and eating a tub of ice cream or watching a thriller scoffing down pizza imagining all the ways you can make your enemy's life hell (although that's not healthy to think about, sometimes the mood hits and you really realise how much you hate someone haha

Because I need to put up with this absolute horror of a body "guest" for the foreseeable future, I try my best to keep myself as comfortable as possible! So here's some of the ways I deal with the week from hell...

First off, the week before Mother Nature hits me with this blow I make sure to stock up on everything I'll need because when it hits, I'm usually bed bound for a few days and don't feel like moving from the comfort of my own home. I'll make sure I have pads, plenty of pain killers, chocolate, lucozade, baby wipes (but I always have these) I put spare pants in my drawer in the bathroom for easy access and I have the hot water bottle to hand. 




I have also subscribed to Pink Parcel to give myself a little treat around period week and wow, what a treat it is! I would definitely recommend it. 




When it comes to dealing with the pain I take dehydracodine. I used to take ibuprofen based pain killers but unfortunately my body started to react really badly to them so because I'm already on dehydracodine for my back and hips, it just makes sense to take these for my unbearable period pain. I also buy in Panadol for when the pain isn't so bad and this seems to work for me. 

Having energy drinks in the house always helps because I feel drained of any energy when I'm on my periods, so to help me get that extra boost I stock up on red bull. Fresh bed sheets are always a bonus when it comes to this time because it's great to sleep in complete comfort as that's where I spend most of my time when the pain really hits. Hot water bottles are a true savior for me, that and a lovely warm bath to soak in with some muscle relaxer. The heat is my best friend at this time. 

For me, periods are a horrific time because I'm always in pain, I'm always crying and sometimes black out, but I know that some people don't experience this and will probably think I'm over reacting, but believe me when I say I'm not. I have often been challenged on this by people that have called themselves my friends at one point in time or another and when they have witnessed me physically pass out because the pains gotten so bad, I've had apologies at how wrong they actually were. So if you're one of those people, just like me who have a horrible experience, I hope you have a routine that works for you because its really not great. 


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18 comments

  1. I'm the same way. My cramps get so bad I usually throw up the first 24 hours, i want to eat everythinh ir nothing, oh it's great. This is a pretty cool box!

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    1. It's horrible isn't it? I can't stomach food whilst I'm on and my one little luxury of chocolate is starting to make me sick. Horrible time. It's great eh? Such an awesome box.

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  2. I'm on the implant and originally I didn't have any periods (felt very smug) But now mother nature is back with vengeance and my last period lasted 3 week!
    It's great to see suggestions of how to ease it! I take cocodomol for the pain. I'd never thought of energy drinks! So may try it. I've found mine have got worse as I've got older and are definitely worse since having kids. Is that the same for you?

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    1. I used to take Co-codamol as well but it started making me feel worse. I'm going through a lot right now with bleeding and I feel like it's never ending, absolutely hate it! At first it was better since having my son but now it's really bad, don't know if it's anything to do with my coil or not.

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  3. Good topic! I have to say it's only the last few years I've started having the period discussion with my friends, but have been lucky enough to not have to deal with them for 18months whilst pregnant/breastfeeding (although the pesky thing has now returned!!) I'm one of the lucky ones though that have really short periods and virtually no symptoms (other than PMT!!) #coolmumclub

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    1. Oh I'm so jealous! I wish it was me haha

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  4. I've been pretty lucky I don't get sore or heavy periods. But I'm glad you have found something that helps :)
    L X
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    1. I honestly envy those who don't get it bad, I just wish it was me haha

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  5. I used to have a nightmare with mine when I was a teenager (although nothing compared to blacking out with pain!) I went on the pill and I've never looked back. I barely get any pain or emotional upheavel and they're generally very light.
    I agree about talking to your friends about it. I've always been very open this as have my friends and we would regularly discuss stuff
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK :)
    Debbie

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  6. Mine used to be horrendous. I had to be given the pill and muscle relaxants just to get me through my GCSEs. However, funnily enough since having O, they are much much lighter. How weird is that. I still get pain half way through my cycle (but that's my Poly Cystic Ovaries ovulating), but I don't find I am felled with the pain of the actual periods anymore. Pregnancy does weird things to you I guess! Love that you feel you can talk about it now though. #bloggersclubUK

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    1. Ooo lucky you! I felt like mine got a lot heavier and really sore since having my little one :/

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  7. Oh you poor thing. It's sounds like you have quite a difficult time. Hot water bottles are great, and a treat box is a lovely way to cheer yourself up. I agree that it's something that we should talk about more openly. Thank you for linking up to the #dreamteam

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    1. I cherish my hot water bottle for sure! Yeah the treat box is great! Nice pick me up for sure, such great value for money as well!

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  8. Sounds like you really suffer with them :( I am just a horrible person in the run up and when I'm on (so for about half the month then, lol)Chocolate is a must! Love the treat box idea. #MMBC

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    1. Haha I know how you feel! My gran calls me the devil when I'm approaching because I'm just so cranky and snappy, I hate the world! Haha the treat box is defiantly a plus for me x

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  9. Hi, sounds like you're really suffering, have you been to your GP to get a gynae referral. There are pain meds they can describe and others to reduce heavy flow. You could reduce the discomfort with a hormonal implant/patch or Mirena coil, or there's even a procedure called endometrial ablation for heavy flow. But for horrible pain you should get investigated. Lot of people have found herbal supplement agnus castus helpful for PMT and cycle regulation.. I used it too for a while but now evening primrose to help with PMT discomfort. All the best :)

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    1. I've been going to the drs for this on and off for a few years now, I had the marina coil and everything got worse. I'm on pills for reducing the blood and they slightly help but I still have a bad flow. I've been prescribed stuff specifically for the cramp in my womb but it was attacking the lining of my stomach. It's hard when I've tried so many things but it still doesn't make much of a difference :/ I keep trying so many things and I just wish something would help haha

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  10. Oh wow, this sounds horrible. I'm so glad I'm pregnant and don't have to deal with periods for the minute. I always want to eat the whole world when it's my time of the month and there have been times the pain has been so bad it makes me feel sick. I think I will just keep having babies sp I don't have to deal with it 😀. I'm glad you have found a way to make yours more manageable xx

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