Period Pain

Period Pain

Fullbeauty Fullbeauty
I'm hoping someone out there will be able to give me some sort of advice.

I've had very heavy, painful periods since I was 13. I went on the pill at 15, simply to help with them. I had honestly forgotten how bad they could get, since I was on the pill, and then Depo shots, until I got married when I was 26. I'm now 31, been off of any BC for 5 years, and my periods just keep getting worse and worse. While I was married, we tried unsuccessfully to have a baby, and my doctor said it was endometriosis that was the most likely cause. Well, now I'm getting divorced, but I don't want to go back on the pill because I'm afraid that after being on it for so many years that I'll NEVER be able to have a baby, and I still would like to one day.

So my question is this: Do any of you have suggestions for helping heavy extremely painful periods, aside from heating pads and loads of ibuprofen. I try to avoid dairy, caffeine and alcohol during my periods, and take hot baths, hoping this will help. This month has been the worst since before I went on the pill. I was actually throwing up from the pain. Any suggestions anyone has, old wives' remedies, anything, that would be great! Thanks!
04/30/2011
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Originally posted by Fullbeauty
I'm hoping someone out there will be able to give me some sort of advice.



I've had very heavy, painful periods since I was 13. I went on the pill at 15, simply to help with them. I had honestly forgotten how bad they could ...
I have a little bit of advice. It includes an entire lifestyle change but it's do-able and it works. I'm only 20 and my doctor already thinks I have endometriosis. I also have Epilepsy, and apparently suffered from Bipolar disorder, and Crohn's disease. I blame the last two on the Epilepsy medications, because I never had issues with any of that until I turned 14 and was put on Epilepsy medications. The period problems were there since the day I started, though.



Along with the meds, came weight gain... not to mention just millions of side effects. I tried almost every med on the market until I got settled down on two meds at age 17. I have also always been on birth control, but got off of it when I turned 19.



One thing I did for myself last year was start using a menstrual cup. If you haven't heard of them, search Lunette Menstrual Cup online (those are the best, I have tried them all). They are not scary, though look it. Which is funny since I use sex toys that look a little scary. Anyway... These babies do a whole lotta good for your body. Tampons and even pads have many chemicals that we are unaware of, and ruin our insides. They can also give us CRAMPS. I forgot the reason why, so I'm really sorry, but I know there was legitimate back-up when I was told about it. These cups are made from medical grade silicon, and harvest no bacteria. Tampons harvest tons of bacteria (let's not even get into pads) and can give us all sorts of infections and sicknesses. One thing you will notice is that your periods become shorter. There is no actual medical evidence, but women all over the place, including me, notice this. My periods have also become lighter, and cramps are non-existant. I was the type of girl who had to leave work because cramps were so intense.



Another thing is that masturbation is vital during those icky days. Many women avoid their vaginas as much as possible, due to the mess. but it never hurts to enjoy a hot bath and some hot self-loving during your period. the orgasms will do a great deal to relieve cramps, and they will do wonders on the bitch-symptoms that we all go through.



lastly, (the BIG one) is your diet. it's more than caffiene, it's more than drinking lots of water. I know eat a mainly raw diet... about 80% to be exact. When I sit down and eat a meal, at least half of my plate must be full of RAW, UNCOOKED vegetables or fruits... and I go light on the fruit. Actually, I usually save fruits for dessert. I eat meats, but only lean meats. For example, tuna, chicken breast, turkey breast, and occasionally white pork... but not often. I'm not a fan of pork. Things that come out of a box, can, etc. make up the other 20%. I make most of my exceptions for pasta, bread, cooked vegetables, or treating myself for a meal outside of home. The big exceptions such as olive garden, or a slice of cheesecake, are once a month. And fast food restaurants are never a part of my diet (although, I do miss it). Once you fill your house with the right foods, it really doesn't feel like you're missing much. It doesn't feel like a "diet" at all. And believe me, I've tried every diet out there and failed miserably.



You'll start to notice lighter periods, weight loss, regularity, less headaches, less stomach aches... and the list goes on. My last visit to the OB/GYN was so crazy, because he said my uterus miraculously looks healthier and that my diet is really helping. We need the natural vitamins from the earth to help us stay fertile, not the vitamins from the bottle. I hope that helped at all. It's a hard thing to do, but it's the best help you're going to get. All those pain killers are just going to really hurt your body even more. Good luck
04/30/2011
barrettbn2 barrettbn2
I would definitely get advice from your OBGYN
04/30/2011
Kayla Kayla
SecretToyLover has a lot of great advice. Diet and exercise is a HUGE aspect of it as your body uses a lot more nutrients than usual, and exercising can relieve pressure and stress from muscles.

Aside from that, I just went off hormonal birth control, and I forgot what having cramps was like as well. When I asked my doctor, she said to make sure to get a daily vitamin (I use Centrium) as your body uses more of your nutrients, and I've had a lot of luck with the B6 vitamin as well as it's supposed to relax muscles to keep them from cramping up. I also make sure to pre-emptively take the Ibuprofen which seems to help.

Masturbation and orgasm can help a bit as it relaxes the entire area, and like you know, heat is great too. Exercise can be good for you as well.

Again,though, I'm not a doctor, so like Barrettbn2 said, it's always good to check with your doctor if things really are unbearable; they can provide strong medication (Vicodin), and it may be a sign of some other problem as well.
04/30/2011
ToyGurl ToyGurl
Yes, Just as Mistress Kay and barrettbn2 said, see a doctor as well. That's always worth it... just make sure you find the one for you. Maybe ask around through your friends, family, etc. and see who may have issues like you, and what doctor they see. I've seen a million for my countless health problems. Which by the way, completely cleared up with my new diet change. Everything except the Epilepsy, that is. But I got a surgery that controls it for the time being.

I saw one OB/GYN who was just absolutely... ugh. I don't even know the word for him, but you wonder if he even knows who he's talking to sometimes. I specifically told him the two drugs I was on, and he gave me a birth control saying that they wouldn't interact... And the next day I was in the hospital because they caused me to have heart trouble almost instantly. And then I had another doctor who would basically walk in and walk out, not even examining me half the time. So find one who is good for you. You may need to do some looking around, but if you ask people you know first, it will save you some time.
04/30/2011
Fullbeauty Fullbeauty
Wow, thank you guys for the great advice! @SecretToyLover - I will definitely try those menstrual cups. Right now I use tampons, and have for a long time, but I wouldn't mind trying something new. Honestly, though, I don't think that I could maintain an 80% raw diet long term. I just don't think that I have the willpower for that. I have, however, begun eating better and exercising more in the past couple months. I've even been exercising during my period, since I know that can help to alleviate the pain. Unfortunately, today was one of those days where I physically could barely do anything besides sit, curled up in a ball, next to the toilet.

As for finding a good OB/GYN, this is where I have trouble. Unfortunately, since I'm a full-time student, I don't have good health insurance. All I have is what I get through the VA, since I was in the Navy for 6 years. This means, I can go to the VA hospital near me, and see whoever they assign me to. Unfortunately, it also means that you usually get second-rate care. I will try to take all of your advice though. I'm going to attempt to get into the VA for an appointment.

Thank you so much for all of your helpful advice!
05/01/2011
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