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    Melodramatic as that sounds, its true.

    Basically for one week every month I can't do the things I enjoy -

    -sports

    -riding my bicycle

    -driving (because I'm not alert enough to hazards from feeling so weak)

    -being generally physically active

    -go out/parties/bars etc

    I've never been able to regularly join a sports club at uni for this reason - not only do I get fairly weak and sickly its such a pain having to deal with the horror scene that emerges every time I look into the toilet bowl. Constantly visiting the loos to change nappies and feeling so weak I'm near-fainting every time I have to think hard during lectures. It sucks.

    I know thats disgusting, sorry, but my periods are so heavy they're ruining my life - I cannot do the things I want to because of them and feel trapped/limited by them as a result. On the other hand, they're not so incredibly bad that a doctor may be willing suggest extremes to help - like surgery.

    I've tried various forms of the contraceptive pill but they either make my mental symptoms worse or even better - simple spread out the period over an entire month. Great!!

    There simply must be another girl going through this same nightmare as me on here. I'd feel stupid and ashamed otherwise. (No, really)

    Anyone on here have any ideas, or know of anyone experiencing the same problems?

    I don't expect many replies, the odd joker or two taking the mick but I suspect I'm one of very few with this problem.
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    (Original post by Skips)
    Melodramatic as that sounds, its true.

    Basically for one week every month I can't do the things I enjoy -

    -sports

    -riding my bicycle

    -driving (because I'm not alert enough to hazards from feeling so weak)

    -being generally physically active

    -go out/parties/bars etc

    I've never been able to regularly join a sports club at uni for this reason - not only do I get fairly weak and sickly its such a pain having to deal with the horror scene that emerges every time I look into the toilet bowl. Constantly visiting the loos to change nappies and feeling so weak I'm near-fainting every time I have to think hard during lectures. It sucks.

    I know thats disgusting, sorry, but my periods are so heavy they're ruining my life - I cannot do the things I want to because of them and feel trapped/limited by them as a result. On the other hand, they're not so incredibly bad that a doctor may be willing suggest extremes to help - like surgery.

    I've tried various forms of the contraceptive pill but they either make my mental symptoms worse or even better - simple spread out the period over an entire month. Great!!

    There simply must be another girl going through this same nightmare as me on here. I'd feel stupid and ashamed otherwise. (No, really)

    Anyone on here have any ideas, or know of anyone experiencing the same problems?

    I don't expect many replies, the odd joker or two taking the mick but I suspect I'm one of very few with this problem.

    Have you tried going on the pill? My periods weren't anything like as bad as yours are, by the sound of it, but they were still pretty heavy and painful at times. Being on the pill has reduced both the amount of blood I lose, and the severity of period pains, and I think this is quite common with the pill.
    If this doesn't appeal to you, the only other advice I can give (although you've probably figured this out already!) Is to take showers instead of baths during your period. Whenever I had a bath at that time of month, it made my flow a lot heavier the next day, and gave me bad cramps. I presume it had relaxed my muscles slightly. It was always useful for finishing off a period early, but not great pain wise!
    Hope that helps..
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    I know exactly what you are going through! Mine are exactly like that, i fainted once because of the pain and the first day of them i always nearly throw up or faint, they are horrible. No pain killer helps and nothing seems to do anything I hate them so i know what you are going through, i normally just eat a lot of chocolate and suffer, i cant really do much else
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    I dont suffer as badly as you but a few things may help:
    firstly what painkillers have you tried? ponstan (trade name) aka mefanenic acid is about the best thing iv ever found. They put me on trefanenic acid too but that made them worse.
    secondly your hormones will level out an it will get better as you get older (i know that doesnt help much at mo)
    finally i know where you are coming from with the probs of taking hormones and you are not alone; im coming off them in a few weeks and im currently going through the trial of finding new method of contraception.
    How helpful is your dr?? If not very then change doctors or try the nurse, even better if you have local specialist clinic then try them; they tend to know way more about it.
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    (Original post by Skips)
    Melodramatic as that sounds, its true.

    Basically for one week every month I can't do the things I enjoy -

    -sports

    -riding my bicycle

    -driving (because I'm not alert enough to hazards from feeling so weak)

    -being generally physically active

    -go out/parties/bars etc

    I've never been able to regularly join a sports club at uni for this reason - not only do I get fairly weak and sickly its such a pain having to deal with the horror scene that emerges every time I look into the toilet bowl. Constantly visiting the loos to change nappies and feeling so weak I'm near-fainting every time I have to think hard during lectures. It sucks.

    I know thats disgusting, sorry, but my periods are so heavy they're ruining my life - I cannot do the things I want to because of them and feel trapped/limited by them as a result. On the other hand, they're not so incredibly bad that a doctor may be willing suggest extremes to help - like surgery.

    I've tried various forms of the contraceptive pill but they either make my mental symptoms worse or even better - simple spread out the period over an entire month. Great!!

    There simply must be another girl going through this same nightmare as me on here. I'd feel stupid and ashamed otherwise. (No, really)

    Anyone on here have any ideas, or know of anyone experiencing the same problem

    I don't expect many replies, the odd joker or two taking the mick but I suspect I'm one of very few with this problem.
    How long did you try the contraceptive pill for?
    My periods weren't anything like as bad as yours are, by the sound of it, but they were still pretty painful and heavy at times.
    I went on the pill, microgynon, and for the first 2-3 months I had 'breakthrough bleeding', where basically my period was spread out over the month! this is probably what you've experienced, but it should go away after a couple of months! If you've only tried it for a month or two, maybe try it again, stick it out, and see if it helps settle down?
    And you might easily have worked this out already, but take showers instead of baths during your period if you're prone to cramps. although they're quite relaxing, I've found that they increase the flow and severity of cramps the next night/ day, if you do...
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    (Original post by Skips)
    Melodramatic as that sounds, its true.

    Basically for one week every month I can't do the things I enjoy -

    -sports

    -riding my bicycle

    -driving (because I'm not alert enough to hazards from feeling so weak)

    -being generally physically active

    -go out/parties/bars etc

    I've never been able to regularly join a sports club at uni for this reason - not only do I get fairly weak and sickly its such a pain having to deal with the horror scene that emerges every time I look into the toilet bowl. Constantly visiting the loos to change nappies and feeling so weak I'm near-fainting every time I have to think hard during lectures. It sucks.

    I know thats disgusting, sorry, but my periods are so heavy they're ruining my life - I cannot do the things I want to because of them and feel trapped/limited by them as a result. On the other hand, they're not so incredibly bad that a doctor may be willing suggest extremes to help - like surgery.

    I've tried various forms of the contraceptive pill but they either make my mental symptoms worse or even better - simple spread out the period over an entire month. Great!!

    There simply must be another girl going through this same nightmare as me on here. I'd feel stupid and ashamed otherwise. (No, really)

    Anyone on here have any ideas, or know of anyone experiencing the same problems?

    I don't expect many replies, the odd joker or two taking the mick but I suspect I'm one of very few with this problem.
    Hiya, yea Ive blacked out twice due to period pain once at a bus stop once in college, they really hurt and make me panic no idea why though.
    Just think its only about 5 days a month so theres nothing stopping you from joining a club and just missing the sessions when your on.
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    Mine used to be somewhere as bad as yours but I've had them for 12 yrs now (early starter lol) and in the last 12-18 months they've eased off quite a bit. Have you actually discussed it fully with your gp? There are other treatments aside from surgery and they may be able to prescribe something else.
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    Could it be a posibility that you have Endometriosis and need an operation?

    I know mine were making me so physically sick that id during them id faint and vomit and just be generally in a lot of pain and sick. I even fained once at uni becuase of the pain, turned out I had endometriosis, im currently on medication to try to shrink the problem, so basically i only have to put up for periods every 5 months for the next year and a half.
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    I reckon you should go to your doctor and they'll probably be able to prescribe you something that will make them lighter and less painful. You shouldn't have to suffer like that! I've never had them really bad....for a while I got really bad pain and almost fainted but ibuprofen seems enough to ease that. If you know roughly when they'll start you could take ibuprofen the day before and catch the pain early. Does the trick for me but then I don't get them so bad!
    Hope you get it sorted soon!
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    Yes!! I went through that for years, and what made it worse was that all my friends didn't seem to understand, they all had what they termed 'heavy' periods which were nothing compared to mine! Luckily my mum understood, she'd had it even worse than me. I became anaemic through all the loss of blood so was permanently feeling faint and weak (you could well be too, perhaps have a blood test). Although weirdly I didn't experience abnormally bad pain, the heaviness was bad enough. I couldn't use a tampon, even the most absorbent ones, cos they would just leak after less than an hour (sometimes more like 15 minutes). And without getting too graphic, do you experience flooding? Where it all just comes at once? Eurrrghh, I'm really not good with blood and it was just so horrible.

    Anyway, on to the nicer part of my story: one day I just got so so frustrated with it all that I went to the doctor, on my own, to ask if it was really the case that in this day and age, some women should have to suffer excessively over such a stupidly simple thing. She told me I wasn't alone and that occasionally she'll have a woman come and see her despairing cos they can't go to work cos they are just bleeding too heavily. I didn't want to go on the pill at 16 cos I just didn't want to put unnecessary hormones into my body. So, she prescribed me mefenamic acid (as someone has mentioned), which helps pain but also lightens your period, and even better than that something called tranexamic acid. For me this just totally solved the problem, as if by magic. Sure, I was taking 9 tablets a day throughout my period, but it was sooo good! They only lasted 4 or 5 days as opposed to 8 and were a million times lighter. Ever since they have been termed my magic pills, although since going on the pill more recently I haven't needed them cos they are generally quite light anyway.

    So anyway: please please explain the full extent of your problem to the doc, you shouldn't have to suffer cos of this. There will be something that will improve things for you. Also, take iron tablets/eat lots of red meat, cabbage etc, it might help you feel less weak.

    Cxx
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    (Original post by Skips)
    Melodramatic as that sounds, its true.

    Basically for one week every month I can't do the things I enjoy -

    -sports

    -riding my bicycle

    -driving (because I'm not alert enough to hazards from feeling so weak)

    -being generally physically active

    -go out/parties/bars etc

    I've never been able to regularly join a sports club at uni for this reason - not only do I get fairly weak and sickly its such a pain having to deal with the horror scene that emerges every time I look into the toilet bowl. Constantly visiting the loos to change nappies and feeling so weak I'm near-fainting every time I have to think hard during lectures. It sucks.

    I know thats disgusting, sorry, but my periods are so heavy they're ruining my life - I cannot do the things I want to because of them and feel trapped/limited by them as a result. On the other hand, they're not so incredibly bad that a doctor may be willing suggest extremes to help - like surgery.

    I've tried various forms of the contraceptive pill but they either make my mental symptoms worse or even better - simple spread out the period over an entire month. Great!!

    There simply must be another girl going through this same nightmare as me on here. I'd feel stupid and ashamed otherwise. (No, really)

    Anyone on here have any ideas, or know of anyone experiencing the same problems?

    I don't expect many replies, the odd joker or two taking the mick but I suspect I'm one of very few with this problem.
    yep mine were pretty much the same they have actually stopped being such a mare though hope thats some compensation. I've had the same problems with the pill etc.

    I was in a real state last year but this year they've gone as if by magic not much help for you for a cure though.

    Keep seeing the doctors I had to see several before I got a helpful one.
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    I find the injection brilliant...NO periods *

    *tho not everyone has that, but uite a lot of women find their's stop
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    I used to have the same problem with heaviness, it was awful! I couldn't go out cos i literally had to go to the loo at least every half an hour.
    I got so upset with it all that i went to the doctor and was put on the pill (microgynon) and it's been a lot better for me ever since. She also gave me another option that reduces the heaviness of your periods but i can't remember what it was, probably what ciara has mentioned....i'm sure if you go to the doctor they'll be something they can do to help you.
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    I'm pretty bad too. Before i went to that doctor recently i took that feminax stuff that you can buy without a prescription which wasn't bad, but now i've put been put on that mefenamic acid
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    (Original post by different?)
    but now i've put been put on that mefenamic acid
    i'm on that too. doesn't do much for me.
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    Most women just dismiss heavy periods as being just that. However, as it does seem to rule your life for at least one week a month, try looking at this website:

    http://www.medinfo.co.uk/conditions/heavyperiods.html

    also drink lots of cranberry juice-which is really good and helps me. The pill lightens ur flow, but u may not want this as an option. Check out the website and mayb visit ur doctor.

    Hope this helps
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    Mine used to be really bad (I say used to be as they have mysteriously stopped and no I'm not pregnant). They weren't overly heavy but the pain was awful, it was usually worse at night and would keep me up all night. I used to take mefanamic acid (8 a day I think) and the standard dose of co-codamol (6 a day I think) and that still didn't do much for me, they might as well have been smarties. I mostly got back pain but as I got older the pain got a little better but I got more symptoms, I would throw up loads, get headaches, stomach ache and knee ache as well for some reason. Went on the pill for a few months which did make them a bit better but then got migraines so had to come off it because it meant I was at risk of stroke. Now (when I actually do get a period) I take my migraine medication, the strong version of co-codamol, it is pretty strong stuff but sometimes still not enough.
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    I used to get awful periods and I too was on Mefenamic Acid. For me, it was awesome, really worked. Then I went on microgynon for contraceptive purposes and have found that's really good too. But it's also true that periods get lighter as you get older so you might just have to wait a while. I would recommend going to your doctor though.
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    Try taking pills containing the herbal remedy "agnus castus". They work very well but you have to take them regularly or the effect wears off.
    See here for info:
    http://www.holistic-online.com/Herba...Herbs/h211.htm

    P.S. As far as I have heard it does not dampen sexual desire, but it can make the quality of your life much better.
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    you poor thing!!!!
    On the first day of my period i can not do anything as i have cramps all through that dya. If i stand up i faint so bed day is what we ccall the day i start!!

    periods are horrible but build up convidence and hopefully with the new tablets and getting older. It should stop
 
 
 
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