Period blog March/April 2017 & WIWTM

It’s been a while since we last had one of these posts. Hopefully you all know the drill by now, look away oh innocent ones. Look away if you have zero interest in my uterus or reproductive system, as this won’t be something you want to read.

Okay, now this month is a bit of an odd one. As you have probably noticed, I missed a month. Due to my pain and collapsing my GP has asked that I try going on the pill. It’s something that I have tried in the past without success but I figured I might as well give it another shot as I was going to take the pill for my holiday (vacation) next month. I have been put on microgynon 30, which is what I usually use without having any problems. The only downside I have is that I usually have worse pain when I come off them. Unfortunately, the first 3 weeks has ended and I’m due to start any day now. I am not looking forward to this. I am taking my normal Magnesium, drinking Raspberry Leaf tea and praying that I get through this coming week.

The weeks on the pill didn’t really show any issues. I took it on the day I was starting, but hadn’t fully started in order to stop the period. I had spotting for the first few days and had to wear a liner but it did stop the period. I usually take it on the last day of my period so this was new to me. Not used to spotting whilst on the pill. I did feel bloated and a bit achy the first week, but my stomach has been off all year so I don’t know if it was being made worse by the pill or just an ill-timed bad week. The last week I have been getting niggling headaches so I hope those stop.

I started noticing a very small amount of spotting today (Tuesday) but not really pink yet. Still have a liner on just in case and I’m going to take ibuprofen before bed tonight to try and ward off the cramps. Nothing bad yet, still have a bit of a headache, took my anti-nausea pills and I’ve been fine. I’m crossing everything in the hopes that tomorrow will be the same.

I didn’t really start overnight but there was still some spotting. I took some ibuprofen starting from lunch when I started to get a bit crampy. I had a module meeting about my lectures for next year that I couldn’t miss and so I was hoping for things to hold off until after two. Thankfully things didn’t really get too bad. I took Raspberry Leaf tea to the talk as well as a small hot water bottle (I looked so cool) and it kept the cramps at bay. I do unfortunately live on campus which is at the top of a lot of stairs and a steep hill which made my cramps worse. They definitely haven’t been that bad today though, uncomfortable, but manageable. I have started fully now and still okay to get food if I need too. Usually I can’t stomach food on the first day so not too bad so far. I’m going to take more painkillers before I go to bed just to make sure I don’t get too crampy overnight but I’m hopeful that tomorrow will be easy going.

Only had a few milder cramps today, they’ve been fine with the hot water bottle but I took some ibuprofen earlier as a precaution. I’ve not been very heavy, even overnights weren’t too bad, maybe that will change tomorrow? I seem to have changed from my usual two days of being heavy followed by three moderate days and two or three light days. Now, I’m moderate at the start. Not sure if that will stay the same for every cycle or not. I have still got a headache, a mild one but it’s annoying as I’ve had it for the past week now. Ready for that to leave me alone. I’m not going to take any more pain killers before bed, but I will get a refill on the bottle just in case but so far so good.

It’s been an odd day today. I woke up feeling pretty good, I’m still lighter than I expected and my cramps haven’t picked up. I feel a bit achy, not enough to take painkillers but enough that I feel a bit uncomfortable. I even managed to go for a walk but still couldn’t climb the hill back to my flat easily. As its getting a bit later my headache is getting worse. I don’t want to take painkillers because my body rebels if I take them for too many days in a row. The headache is definitely more of a problem then my stomach though. I’ve made a GP appointment for Monday just because it doesn’t seem to be going away. Don’t think it’s cycle related, probably stress due to deadlines next week, but it’s best to be safe. I’ve stayed light through today, think it must be a side effect of the pill because this isn’t normal for me.

Today has been a very unproductive day which really isn’t good with my deadlines being so close. The headache is still here and I’ve felt quite queasy today as well. Not been in the mood to do anything, including my assignments. On the up side, the cramps have gone. Had no cramping at all today and I’ve stayed fairly steady. Still on a moderate flow, but more of a spotting moderate if that makes sense. It’s been pretty easy going. I am craving chocolate which is unusual for me. I’m actually not a big chocolate eater, thankfully I have some left over from Christmas so I was sorted otherwise I would have had to go out. Back on the pill tomorrow night whether the bleeding stops or not so it’s been a success for my first cycle on contraception.

I had spotting for the first few days of being back on the pill and then it stopped completely. I’m away on holiday soon so there won’t be a period blog for another 6weeks or so, whenever the pill ends next. I am hoping to blog about my holiday once I’m back but a going to be away from technology for a bit. I have also finished my second year of university now so the craft updates and pad reviews should resume soon. Here is a photo of all but one pad that I wore this month, the one missing is my purple Tortoise Wing Things as it is still in the wash basket.

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Thanks for reading!

Charlotte x

 

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Period blog, Feb 2017

Period blog Feb 2017

Look away people of delicate sensibilities; for the time is once again upon us to be educated. Educated in the wonderful world of…menstruation. For those of you that were unaware of this beautiful and natural phenomenon…it fuckin’ sucks!

So once again I’m not on time. I was due to start on Saturday the 28th but low and behold, still nothing come Monday. I have to say I’ve had pretty bad PMS this cycle. Been extremely moody the last few days and really have to apologise to anyone that has been in contact with me. I’ve probably sounded a bit mental. Other than moods I’ve been achy and to be honest, a little bunged up. Not a pleasant few days. Bloating, aching and farting on top of being a bit all over the place emotionally. Not had PMS this bad in quite a while.

On the plus side, I have been taking, Magnesium (395g), Vitamin C & Zinc (Boots drink), and Vitamin D, for the past month and this is my first cycle where it had a chance to enter my system. Might not make a difference for a few months but I’m hoping for less cramping.

Six days after I was due to start I think Aunt Flo is finally here. Now cramping yet, but I’ve been feeling a bit achy for the last few days, almost like a pulled muscle ache. If I move wrong I feel slight cramps but when I relax they go away. A little strange but not bad and I’ve still been able to go about my daily business without any problems. I have had a bit of spotting today so I expect to fully start overnight tonight. That will be when the cramps and runs usually hit so fingers crossed that they don’t come. On the plus side, its Saturday tomorrow so I have time to wallow in pain and self-pity.

Wow, so the cramps certainly did show up. I woke up feeling a bit crampy but not too bad, thought I could do without painkillers and just cuddle my hot water bottle. Unfortunately, the cramps became worse and I took my ibuprofen, just not in time. I was completely crippled, couldn’t move or think and the cramps then set off my stomach making me need the toilet. I made it to the bathroom only to collapse once I was there. It was terrifying. I couldn’t move and I had nobody to contact for help, had even left me phone by my bed so I couldn’t call anyone. I had a panic attack which didn’t help my pain and I very nearly passed out but not sure that I did. It took me almost half an hour before I could move from the bathroom floor where I then collapsed onto my bed in agony. At this point I did pass out and woke up an hour later. Thankfully, if I didn’t move, the painkillers were working at this point so I managed to get a small bowl of cereal in order to get something in my stomach. I spent the entire day in bed as I was shaking and dizzy and generally felt crap. I really need to go to the doctors about this, it’s happened twice now and really isn’t pleasant.

On day two I still feel a bit shaky and have taken some more tablets to keep the cramps at bay but not nearly as bad as I was yesterday. I haven’t eaten much and food doesn’t taste very good at the minute as my stomach doesn’t want any. I’m drinking plenty of water though. Plus, side of things is that I’m really not heavy so far. I go heavy for about half an hour and then light for a few hours. It’s not bad to be honest now that the cramps are settling. I still feel shaky and haven’t been able to do much but I’m hoping that has passed so I can get back to classes tomorrow. I have a deadline soon and haven’t got time for feeling rubbish.

The third day wasn’t too bad, I have three two hour lectures on a Monday so that caused a few issues for me. I felt a bit queasy all morning and started cramping a bit by lunch time so I took some painkillers then, but only the two tablets all day. I was a bit too achy to make my third lecture, which I could have struggled through but decided I’d rather not risk ending up like I had been on the Saturday. The painkillers worked pretty well for the afternoon and my hot water bottle cured the rest. So an uneventful day really, fairly light for this part of my cycle which is the same as last month. Maybe I am lightening a little? Who knows.

The fourth day lead to my heaviest day so far. I think it may be because I’ve been on my feet quite a bit today so all the walking might have got the juices flowing so to speak. No cramps! Which was fantastic, a bit of back ache but it was laundry day so that was expected. I’ve not been overly queasy and managed a pizza, so my stomach is fairly content at the minute. Still not as heavy as usual, I used to be changing pads every hour, now its every 4-5 which is brilliant.

For some reason, even after I spent all day yesterday cleaning and doing laundry, my body wasn’t quite ready to sleep. I drifted off around 6am this morning and woke up at lunchtime. I’m barely spotting now so think things are coming to an end, I’m hoping the achy body is from the lack of sleep and being uncomfortable all night rather than an illness, again. I’ve not been crampy today and my headache hasn’t hit like it has been for the last few months. Hopefully, it’ll leave me alone after the crappy start to this cycle. I am a little queasy and my stomach is a bit off, but again I think it’s my body settling down after a rough period. I’m going to risk only wearing liners today, not going out so at least there won’t be any embarrassment if things pick up again.

It’s over, no spotting what so ever, still feel a bit achy and dizzy so I’m assuming I have a bit of a bug but other than that I’m okay. Getting a bit of a headache though, I swear I feel worse as I’m coming off my period then when I’m coming on. Oh well, another month over. Sorry but the picture doesn’t include all the pads worn this month, still need to do another load of laundry.

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Thanks, as always for reading!

Charlotte

Period blog Dec/Jan 2017 WIWTM

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas as well. This post is one that doesn’t appeal to everyone so again don’t read if you’re not interested in periods, or anything menstruation related as this will likely freak you out. img_1952

This period was due on Christmas day which was a worry as that is also my birthday. Thankfully I was once again late. I actually started on New Year’s Eve. Not the best way to welcome in the new year, with stomach cramps and an upset stomach but I suppose it could have been worse. I wanted to try a new Magnesium spray that my mum bought, it’s supposed to help with joint pain and muscle aches and thought it might help with my cramping. It was a bit useless to be honest, I left it for about an hour before I had to take painkillers and even they didn’t help for a good two hours after taking them. I’ve also been really queasy with no appetite and a bit dizzy. All in all, the first day of 2017 has been a bit rubbish.

Day two hasn’t been too bad, in fact, I actually managed to go out for a nice long walk which usually isn’t possible on the second day, not without drugs anyways. No painkillers taken today and I have had a few niggly cramps but not crippling. I’ve felt achy rather than full cramps which is manageable. I’m not too heavy but on the verge of being. I’ve felt drained and queasy so I think the walk did me some good. Got me out of the house before I’m back at work tomorrow. All in all though, a nice day.

Day three, and strangely, no problems again. I’m not upset about the lack of cramping but wow this is weird. I was really light and got away with using one pad through until maybe 2pm when I swapped just to feel fresh. It has been a manic day at work, short staffed and constantly on my feet so the lack of stomach cramps was a blessing. I don’t think I’ve ever been this busy on a period day and not suffered for it, I really hope this sets a trend for 2017! Unfortunately, my overall health has been a bit bad, not sure if I have a bug or am coming down with something but I feel ill. Not enough to stay home but enough that I just feel bleh. It’s not just me but mum as well so I know it’s not period related but I hope it’s gone by Friday as I’m travelling back to the university then.

Day four was the same as three. Still ill but no cramps and a very light flow. Its lightened so much tonight that I might swap over to liners, very strange for it to be ending on the fourth day, maybe my body is tricking me and the second I swap to liners I’ll go heavy? Please let this be my new cycle!

I thought I’d be safe to go without liners today as there was nothing overnight or all through the morning, so I thought I was free. Unfortunately, as I said before, my body was playing tricks. Thankfully it was just spotting but very annoying. Feel okay though, went on another nice walk, but have a niggling headache forming.

I still have a little spotting today which still makes it a six day period. My head feels a bit like its been split in two and I feel awful, not ill, just bleh. I’m travelling back to University today and really am not looking forward to the flight and bus journey. Ready to curl up in bed and its only 5pm.

I made it, still have a headache, and will probably have it for a few more days as I believe its hormone related. Another nice perk of menstruation. I don’t have any spotting today; the only thing left is the headache which I’m hoping to sleep off. Only used 14 pads this cycle!

Thank you all for reading another period blog, a little shorter than normal as its been a straightforward week. Below is a picture of all my new pads from December, can’t wait to try them all out. I used a few this month and was really impressed with their quality.

Thanks again!

Charlotte x

 

Period blog/WIWTM Nov 2016

If any of you readers don’t want to read about menstruations, bleeding of the lady parts or the general monthly complaints of a women then look away now. Seriously, you have been warned.

For those of you still hanging in there, it’s that time again. I’m writing a little early then I usually would as I haven’t start yet. From day 17 of my cycle I have been getting mild cramps as though I was about to start but still not started and I’m technically due in two days. If you’re my regular readers, you’ll know I have been late for my more recent periods and I’ve been having a few health issues that have been effecting how I’m coping. I’m still ill every two weeks or so and have been taking various medications that the doctors are trying me on and I think they have been effecting my cycle as a whole rather than just the period itself. So, I thought this was something to note, medication really does effects your cycle, from it being late to the overall symptoms. I’ve been using Clue to keep track recently, not a big fan so far but I’m going to stick it out a bit longer as it is showing some patterns. For those of you taking medications, especially new ones, it is important to monitor you cycles! Any changes can show that something is wrong (or right) or being generally effected by the medicine and your doctor might ask you about these things to help with making a diagnosis. Now I’ll leave this little health update and will start writing again when the bleeding starts. My tenses will be all over the place as I write it both as a diary and retrospectively, please let me know if you want me to change this as it is confusing. I’ve written a bit differently this month just to see if it works a bit better.

So I started only two days late! I’m really happy with that, things finally seem to be settling back into my normal pattern. I’ve been a bit achy for the last few days and a tiny bit of brown spotting last night but didn’t start until this morning. I swapped over from lights onto a moderate around lunchtime, felt really queasy and bloated all morning but no cramps. The cramps hit in the afternoon when I was eating my tea and I grabbed my hot water bottle and took some ibuprofen to take the edge off. I have been taking Magnesium capsules for the past two days when I knew I was due to start, I wanted to see if they would take the edge off. So far my cramping isn’t bad so I’m hopeful, but I’m still going to have a hot shower and an early night just to get some rest. No lectures tomorrow so I can take it easy if anything gets worse.

So, this morning was hell. I woke up around 9am but my cramps were so bad that I couldn’t move, not even to my bedside draw to grab my painkillers and drink. I think I was a little delirious with the pain to be honest but all I wanted was a hot water bottle. In the end, I could finally move around 10ish and that was to the bathroom as I hoped nipping to the loo would help with the cramps, not only was it a bloodbath but I was stuck there for a while, still cramping. By 11 I had managed to take painkillers and grab a hot water bottle but still not eaten as I couldn’t stand long enough to grab food. Plus, today was delivery day so I didn’t have much in at that point. I actually went back to bed at 12 to try and sleep off the pain, and I had been so uncomfortable that I felt drained. I woke up again at 2 and I’ve been drugged all afternoon. I can move now but standing for longer than 5 minutes is not a good idea; I have managed a bowl of cereal and a cheese toasty though. My food came around 4pm and I live on the 2nd floor so had to carry a heavy tray of food (with milk, smoothies and juice) all the way upstairs and put it away before I collapsed onto my bed in pain. I have an assignment due Monday so I’ve tried to do some of that but things are a bit blurry today. I really am back to normal as this level of pain is usual for my cycle. So far it means the magnesium hasn’t worked. Early night for me tonight.

Day three and still a bit crampy so I took some painkillers this morning. I’m still quite heavy today and its making me feel a bit drained and I can’t be arsed to do anything. I’ve had another lazy day and just watched TV and my guilty pleasure, read fanfiction. My assignment has been left alone unfortunately so I’m not doing very well with that. Oh well, another early night before back to lectures tomorrow.

Day four brought bloating, nausea and more cramps. I think they were cause by the bloating more than regular cramps though. I’ve not been overly heavy today but still uncomfortable. The nausea was pretty bad and I’ve had no appetite and no motivation. Hopefully my stomach will calm down a bit overnight so I can focus on my assignments over the weekend, otherwise it’s going to be a long few days ahead.

Day five, I’m really drained today and finding it hard to focus again. I keep getting niggling headaches that aren’t helping at all. I still don’t have much of an appetite, I’m snacking to keep something in my stomach but I really don’t fancy food. My cycle has lightened up quite a bit but still wearing moderate pads, wouldn’t get away with lights yet. Still gassy and crampy, also been a bit constipated as opposed to the borderline diarrhoea of the first day, just one more thing to add to the discomfort of menstruation. Another early night tonight, but I’m doing work before I turn in.

Day six and I have lightened up a lot but still wearing my normal pads just in case things get heavier. Been getting a few headaches again today and I think they’re here to stay for the next week or so as my hormones level out. It would be wrong if I suffered only as I’m bleeding after all, mother nature must cause suffering for as long as possible as we cycle.

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We have reached the end, no spotting today, no cramps, no bloating. Still gassy and have a headache but that’s just how things go. It’s been a horrible and draining week that I’m glad is over. I have a stressful two weeks ahead with deadlines so I’m really hoping these headaches die down a bit in the next few days.

As always, thank you for reading! Please let me know if your disappointed with the new way I’m laying this out (lack of individual pictures).

Charlotte x

 

Not a hypochodriac…unless that needs a GP visit?

I’ve decided to do a bit of a health post. Not a rambling about my health or anything like that, unless you want me to. More a feedback on things I have been trying recently and letting you guys know how I got on, post.

First things first I had a lot of different illnesses throughout April, one cold or virus after another because I was a bit stressed over deadlines and other things happening at the time. So when I arrived home from University I decided I was sick of being ill and needed to boost my immune system. Give it a helping hand as it were. I’m pretty sure the staff at Holland and Barrett’s saw me coming as I left with 4 different types of vitamins and minerals. I bought coconut oil capsules because I kept getting dry skin and had heard they were good for skin and hair so why not. I bought Calcium, Zinc and Magnesium capsules because I’d heard Magnesium was good for menstrual cramps and headaches and I figured extra calcium wouldn’t hurt because I’ve broken a lot of bones in the past and they can ache sometimes. I bought the Cod Liver Oil capsules which my Grandma always used to shake her head at and tell me to take it on a teaspoon like she had to back in the day, no thank you! That’s gross. Finally I bought the ‘Alive’ vitamins that promote ‘Women’s Energy’ figured, I’m a women and I need energy so I’ll try them out. As you can imagine I spent a little bit of money but it was the penny deal so not as much as it should have been.

I’ll start with the coconut oil capsules, I’ve been taking them for a bit over a month now and haven’t noticed any difference in the health of my skin or my hair. I personally don’t recommend them at all. I do however recommend coconut oil in its natural form, i.e. a jar of coconut oil. I bought some from my local health food shop ‘Robinson’s’ for £1.60 which was a lot cheaper than the £7-8 or so that Holland and Barrett’s wanted for it. I’ve used it all over my body and my skin feels amazing, my hands are still a little dry so I’m thinking of trying it as a soak rather than just applying it to them directly and see if that works. I used it as a replacement for my conditioner as it’s supposed to help with dandruff, I have very think hair so I always have problems but it does work as far as I’ve noticed. I don’t think I’ll continue to use it though as it makes my hair feel really greasy and clumpy, also the overpowering smell of coconut made me feel a bit queasy. So yeah, great for the skin but maybe just a once a month or so on the hair?

IMG_1169The calcium, zinc and magnesium capsules haven’t really been tested as I haven’t had a proper menstrual cycle since I started taking them. I came off on my pill which always messes everything up anyways so these will have to be tested over a few months. Headache wise, they suck. I keep having a lot of mild headaches that are making me feel queasy. Thankfully not migraine level yet, but so far not noticed any improvements. Might try feverfew capsules in the future, they’re supposed to be good for headache prevention. On the plus side, my pee is florescent! It’s brilliant! Yes I’ a child that easily amused but weird coloured urine. Seriously for the first few hours after taking them, my pee practically glows in the dark. I may have to continue taking these forever just for this reason!

The ‘Alive’ capsules have just blended in with all the rest if I’m honest. I won’t buy anymore when they’re finished as I bought them more as a supplement for things I’d been lacking in my University diet. Since I’m back home now I should be getting the nutrients I need through actual food and not a capsule. These combined with the olive oil do seemed to have worked in reducing the amount of colds and bugs I’ve picked up, but that could just be the change in routine and stress levels. If, once I stop taking them I start getting ill again, I’ll get some more. If that does happen though, I’ll be looking at my diet to see what I can change there.

Okidokie, so that’s my health/vitamin update. My recommendations from this, Olive oil capsules, coconut oil for the skin, and magnesium for glow in the dark (not really) pee.

If I change anything, I’ll make sure to let you know!

Charlotte x