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

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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

 

Period blog Oct 2016 and WIWTM

So once more we approach the spectacular event that is the menstrual cycle. That’s right look away now if you have absolutely no desire to read about it but if you’re that bloke that published the article on women ‘holding their bladders’ you may want to stay tuned and be educated.

img_1812Anyways today is the 26th and I’m just shy of one week overdue and noticed a little bit of spotting so I have popped on my little Harry Potter liner from Tortoise Wing Things. I can’t tell if I’m crampy or not as I have had a vomiting bug and have pulled the muscles in my stomach so could be cramps but could also be that. Either way I haven’t had to take anything I just feel a little delicate so I’m hugging my hot water bottle. Not much to report so far so we’ll see how we go as the day progresses. Okay not much happening so far still slight spotting but not fully started yet, will change into a light pad overnight as a just in case, but should wake up with cramps if it gets really heavy all of a sudden. Think I’ll use my Lily and Leo Deathly Hallows pad, it’s still new and shiny!

So today was more spotting, very slight again but redder then yesterday. I’m expecting things to really get going overnight tonight. Been a little achy but not really cramping aches more body aches. Backs quite sore which I don’t know if its period based or just really long lectures today (at least that’s how they felt). Kept the same pad from last night on as I hadn’t spotted overnight and yes that might make me a bit yucky but meh! I changed over to my second Lily and Leo pad for the evening which is my only Game of Thrones pad so far, that makes me sad. As the evenings going on I’m feeling a little bloated and queasy but still not really cramping. (Sorry my hands in the video, covering a stain that I haven’t treated yet.)img_1820

Woke up this morning with slight spotting once again but still nothing really happening. I had a day of travelling ahead of me so I put on a moderate pad just in case. My TCS Daryl pad because I’m in a Walking Dead kinda mood. No cramping, no more spotting, nothing. This is weird and annoying.IMG_1552

I went without a pad today because there is no longer spotting! I’m really confused now, my body hates me and likes to keep me in suspense. That or its waiting for me to get to work Monday and be crippled. Anyway sorry this is probably an even more boring read, just me playing cat and mouse with my cycle but that’s how it seems to be this month. I actually had to use a disposable liner this afternoon as I haven’t packed any and want to save my others for the main event so I used some of my old liners. Forgot how much disposables smell of chemicals. Still no sign of properly starting yet, just spotting. I will put a liner on overnight though because I’ve had a tiny tummy ache this evening so just one of my wrap around ones I think.

Thank goodness I put that liner on! I woke up around 8 in agony and unable to move without going dizzy. Finally managed to crawl to the bathroom by 9 but I collapsed once I was in there and was vomiting from the pain. So, so far a great official start to this cycle. I managed to take some ibuprofen at 9.30 and kept it down and made it back to bed for a few hours. I couldn’t change from the liner because I couldn’t stand long enough but thankfully it has the PUL layer and it held up really well for a few hours of laying down. I felt pretty week all morning and finally got up around 11ish and put on my Tortoise Wing Things pad which I’ve worn until 3pm been heavy but not had energy to get up properly and change. Thankfully no leaks whatsoever but I wasn’t moving very much today. Just sat in front of the TV feeling sorry for myself. Cramping started up again this evening so I’ve been drugged all day, hoping the painkillers are in my system enough for my shift tomorrow otherwise I’m screwed. I’m on my second pad from the same maker now so I’m going to see how I go with eating some dinner and then an early night I think. I managed my dinner but still on the painkillers and will take them tomorrow for work as well, for now I’m swapping over to my new Lazy Creek Boutique Harry Potter pad and turning in early.

I hate morning shifts and stomach cramps, not the best combo. I have worn both of my Essence of Eve heavy pads through the day and pushed them to the limit. Stomach aches for most of the morning but calmed down until around 3 which was after work so I could curl up for a bit. Worn off this evening so I’m not taking any more pain meds tonight and hoping for the best tomorrow. For now I’m on my stain glass Brigid’s Flame pad for night.

Still steadily heavy today but not too bad. Went without painkillers and got a little crampy this afternoon but not unbearable. I wore my pique Totoro pad for the morning as it’s my comfiest pad at the minute but swapped over to the final Lily and Leo Sailor Moon pad for the afternoon. Still a bit heavy this evening but no cramps so that’s a good thing. Still going to pop on my Walking Dead Leak Freak pad and curl up for the night now.

Had a nice morning to myself so I stayed in the same pad as I’ve not been very heavy today or overnight. Heading up to the rescue centre this afternoon to drop off some dog food so popped on a moderate pad for the afternoon (Harry Potter Crimson Moon). Felt a little queasy today though and no appetite whatsoever. Forced some food down but still feel a bit rubbish, full day tomorrow which I’m not looking forward to but at least I’ve had today off. Had a nice shower and just taken it easy for the most part. Still queasy and crampy with the start of a headache so going to have an early night I think. I’ve popped on my All Fluffed Up silver bells pad that’s really comfy, things seem to be calming down now so hopefully this period won’t last much longer.

I did a load of washing yesterday so I could wear my Daryl TCS pad again today. No cramps and no headaches thankfully and things seem really light so this should be my last day this cycle, I hope. I was busy at work and wore the one pad all day with no problems whatsoever and other then an aching back I actually felt pretty good today. Went to my brother’s place for a pizza and even that didn’t set my stomach off. Today was a good day.

I don’t have any spotting this morning but I’d worn one of my Muff Fluff liners overnight just in case. Nothing at all so this cycle is over. Yay! I’m travelling back to Uni today so everything is being washed once again so I can pack up.

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Sorry for the gaps in my uploading these days, with University work starting to pile up and my rubbish health I just haven’t had the chance to write. It may be twice a month updates for a little while but I’ll try and do a bit better then that if I can. As usual my new pads are below and wating to be used. The November ones will be on my December post most likely. We have a Beary Cute Bums and another All Fluffed Up.

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Thanks as always for reading!

Charlotte

 

Period Blog/WIWTM, August 2016

Period blog August 2016

Look away folks! Look away! That’s a warning for any family and friends that read my blog because they want to be nice and support me. I let you off from reading this type as I’m pretty much describing my menstrual cycle and flow type and routine. You’ve all been warned!

On to you oddballs that I love I present my August period blog. Some of you will have noticed that this is very late as my cycle this month was a complete mess. My last period was a bit odd as well so I’m wondering if my coming off my medication and frequent illnesses over the last month may have messed me up a bit more than I thought. I’m going to try and type this up by day so please excuse any tense mix ups.

I’ll start on the Monday which is 16 days after my period was due to start. I feel very bloated and a little crampy today but not bad enough to take any pain killers as of yet. I had a tiny bit of the browny discharge but no signs of red as of yet. I put a liner on though just in case. I’ll try and state which pad and where I got it as well if I remember throughout this post. The two liners I’ve worn over the last two days were a blue Essence of Eve and my Lazy Creek Boutique liner that I won in a giveaway and haven’t reviewed just yet but will do in a separate post.

I will be mentioning a few pads that I haven’t reviewed yet but will do all pad reviews separately. Anyways that’s my Monday. I’m hoping that it doesn’t start until lunch tomorrow as I have a shift in the morning and can’t afford to be crampy, also going out with visiting family on Wednesday so really hoping to avoid cramps for this one. Unlikely though due to it being so late.

And it hit, it’s Tuesday and I had a short shift today at work so it could have been worse. There was a little bit of pink on the toilet paper this morning so I knew to wear at least a liner so I put on another Essence of Eve to set off. I had to go to the bathroom around 9.30 as I felt very crampy and shaky and knew I had to poop and I swapped the pad for a moderate just in case. The cramps didn’t stop and I took 2 paracetamol around 10ish and felt awful for the next hour as It was a very busy clinic so I couldn’t stop to sit quiet. Thankfully the cramps eased off a bit by 11.30/12.00 and I could finish up my shift. I came home and had definitely started but not enough that I needed to change my pad so I left my sheep print Honeymoon Reusables pad on for the afternoon.

I took some Ibuprofen at 2.30 with a McDonalds Happy Meal as I couldn’t be bothered to make something. Thankfully not as crampy this afternoon as I was this morning, just typical that the pain hit when I was on shift instead of a day off. Still cuddling a hot water bottle though which sucks as the heat wave finally reached us on the Isle of Man and it is no day to be cuddling boiling water. A bit later in the day I swapped over to my Precious Stars pad that is my first ever pad purchase. IMG_1546

Still very light but felt the need to be clean. It’s been a very odd start to the period as usually I’m in pain all day and pretty useless to do anything that involves moving. My cramps vanished this afternoon and I’ve had a massive craving for all things sweet. I have eaten more doughnuts and cookies then I feel comfortable admitting. I’ve had a nice shower. I tried and failed to insert a menstrual cup (better luck next time) and put on my lovely Beauty and the Beast Crimson Moon pad to keep me going overnight.IMG_1560

I’m happy to be off work today but I did wake up at 5am with horrible stomach cramps and I swapped my pad over to a clean Precious Stars overnight pad as I’d become pretty heavy as expected. I took my paracetamol and tried to get a few more hours, my hot water bottle was a great help. I also used some Tiger Balm on my back as the cramps went all the way around and theres only so far my hot water bottle can reach. Tiger balm is a bit like Deep Heat and is really good for joint pain. It took the edge off a bit. IMG_1558

Once I was fully up I managed to eat some breakfast (just a bowl of cereal) and get ready for my day. I couldn’t relax as I was taking my family out to see the Laxey Wheel so I had a busy day ahead. I took more tablets before I left to keep things at bay and I swapped over to a TCS Eco moderate pad (the Daryl one!) which fit really nicely in my comfy Scrundies with the Unicorns. The comfiest knickers I’ve ever worn in my life! More need to be bought! I also love the fact that I paired up zombie killers with pretty unicorns, made me feel happy and bad ass at the same time!

I didn’t have a lot of pain but I did have a few twinges showing that if I’d not taken something I would have been worse off. I even made it through to lunchtime without needing to take anything else. I took some ibuprofen with my lunch though as I couldn’t take any more of the others just yet and my stomach was starting to feel a bit tender at this point.

Also swapped over to one of my Essence of Eve heavy pads which are amazing and hold a lot. I changed over to a fresh pad for the evening as I was pretty heavy today and wanted to be comfortable for the evening meal so I popped on my other TCS Eco pad, the Harry Potter print one. Today was a pretty heavy day for me and so I’m going to have a nice early night tonight and so I’ve put a Brigid’s Flame pad on for the night and have settled down with a nice hot chocolate and am watching an episode of QI.

Another bit of cramping this morning but I had to get up early for work anyway so at least it didn’t ruin another lie in. I was heavy again overnight and whilst I didn’t bleed through the pad, there was a little leaking down the wings onto my pyjamas, but the pad did really well. I had a quick shower before putting on my final TCS Eco pad for the morning.

I took some paracetamol with my breakfast to hold the cramps at bay for work. The tablets worked whilst I was at work and I had no issues what so ever, I swapped over to a Crimson Moon (Daryl) pad and had no leaks at all. I haven’t had much of an appetite today so whether that’s due to my cycle or not who knows but I really haven’t been hungry. After my shift I swapped over into my Pad Thai pad that is really comfy but my knickers were a bit loose so I felt a bit at risk of leaks. Thankfully I managed to get through walking the dogs and having some dinner and watching a bit of the Olympics without any issues. We won the triathlon though which was awesome! Time for an early night again I think as feel a bit drained today, so on with my Leak Freak pad and curled up with a nice cuppa and watching Huck Finn. What an exciting life I lead.

Friday, a day that was cramp and pain killer free. I’m really happy to report that I felt fine today, energy levels were a bit low but I think that’s because it’s been a heavy start and I’ve not had a very big appetite. Still not been very hungry today, craving sugary things which isn’t very healthy. I also had a bit of an upset stomach overnight so I think that has something to do with lack of energy today.

Things have slowed down a bit and I changed into my moderate Crimson Moon pad for work and it held all day, it’s probably a bit bad that I wore it straight from around 11am through to 8pm but i wasn’t very heavy at all today so didn’t really need to change. Besides my wolfy pads are very comfy so why swap? I have put on my second Brigid’s Flame pad for the night as they are very floppy and comfortable and I’m off tomorrow so don’t want a bulky pad keeping me up.

I was very light overnight and just had some spotting and again no cramps at all today! I have felt pretty queasy so I took some of my anti-nausea tablets which taste disgusting but seem to have helped a bit. In the morning I swapped over to my Star Trek Crimson Moon pad and had a few ‘bursts’ of heavier bleeding and had to change over to my amazon bought pad in the afternoon.

I’m not heavy today, in fact fairly light just with heavy spotting every now and then. Strange day as even though I haven’t done anything I still feel drained. Pretty normal for me at this point in my cycle though.

IMG_1541 For the night I have popped on a regular Mummy Coull pad as I’m not expecting to be heavy at all tonight.

I was right, not heavy at all, in fact I’m fairly light today. Swapped over to my Me Chai Designs pad which is one of my favourites and also tried out my new Daryl scrundies and I’ve had a nice comfy day. Still not much of an appetite so I’ve forced myself to go for a drive and wake myself up which gave me a bit of an appetite and I managed some dinner. Massive chocolate cravings today though, but not bars of chocolate more choc chip cookies and I did really want a Snickers bar earlier! II felt a bit ill after the two big cookies that I had to eat and so I sat down with a cup of tea and a few episodes of the Gilmour Girls.

Popped on my Leaping Pads pad, which unfortunately I discovered that the size just doesn’t suit me which made me feel sad. I will have to destash it soon unfortunately. I wore it for around an hour and swapped over to a Pretty Period liner pad that I bought from amazon and felt comfy enough to go to sleep in that.

This morning I swapped over to another Pretty Period pad for my long shift at work as I was down to just spotting this morning. I do feel quite achy today but not in a crampy way, more of a pulled muscle type way. It’s weird because I haven’t done anything over the weekend so I think it must be the hormones settling maybe? I’ve had a lot of energy today which has made a difference, although I did feel quite dizzy and queasy when I was sat on a different ward during my shift, food seemed to help for a while though. Made it through the shift on a high and had a really good day considering it was a long day at work but now I’m home I feel really nauseous and a little spacey. Hate this feeling. On the plus side the spotting seems to have stopped and so I have had a shower and not put another liner on. It’s a risk but I feel like that area needs to be free for a little bit. Not in a gross way, I’m just running out of space in my wet bag for used pads, almost wash day I think. Early night tonight and hopefully I’ll feel better by the morning.

That’s officially another cycle over, now all that’s left is to do the washing. If you’re interested I soak all my used pads overnight in cold water and a half scoop of Flash, then put them in the machine on a 30 degree wash. If anything comes out stained after that, I have an Ecover stain remover to try out. I was feeling a lot better today so it must have just been my body settling down again. At least that’s my hope. A full picture of all the pads I wore this month is below, 24 total:

IMG_1536And a picture of all pads that arrived this month and are now washed and ready to go:IMG_1564

Thanks for reading through this, if you aren’t grossed out by it then feel free to ask me any questions and I’ll try and answer them in my next period blog. For those that are grossed out, I did try and warn you at the beginning of the post so you have nobody to blame but yourselves. If you do have any questions or comments, then I look forward to reading them!

Until next time!

Charlotte x

 

Period blog, cloth cycle 2

Okay, if you’re reading this and your only doing so because you’re a close friend or family member then I give you permission to turn away now. This is my oh so lovely detailed tale of this month’s menstrual cycle and I understand that not everyone will want to read about the ‘wonderful’ evacuation of the uterus. Again, turn back now! You shall not pass!

Anyone still here? Perfect! Okidokie, so this month was a complete and utter bastard. I’ve been off work for the last two weeks for a bit of relaxation and thought, ‘perfect! I’m due to start.’ I was due on the very first Saturday that I had off and thanks to good old Aunty Flo (who hates me) me period actually started on the Sunday that’s just gone. For those of you who know me, you’ll know I get extremely painful menstrual cramps and can’t be completely unable to walk and so starting on this Sunday just happened to coincide with the end of my two weeks off and I was due back at work on the Monday. Sod’s law right there! I thankfully started when I first woke up so there was no mess to worry about. I’d actually had a feeling I was going to start and so I’d worn one of my own homemade pads to bed that night, just in case. If you’ve seen my previous sewing blog, you’ll know how new I am to sewing anything but I am proud to announce that my first cloth pad worked! No leaks and it cleaned perfectly without any stains. Now I just need to buy snaps so it can be worn properly.

On to the rest of my Sunday. Fairly soon after I realised I had started my cramps began. I was relatively lucky this cycle as usually I have them the day leading up, the full night of (with no sleep), and for around two to three days in. This time they hit around lunch on Sunday. I was in enough pain that I didn’t want to leave my bed and clung to my hot water bottle as though it were ‘my only hope’. It wasn’t the worst it could be though as I could still get to and from the bathroom if I really needed to. I’d taken some ibuprofen around 11 knowing that my stomach would start and I just had a lay down in bed. I didn’t move in fear of making the pain worse and ended up having a bit of a nap. Got up again around 14.00 and felt achy but alive and so I had a bit of food so I could take my next dose of pills. I wasn’t too bad, fairly heavy but manageable. Wore maybe 3 or 4 pads in total, whereas if I was still on disposables it would have been around 6, so impressed so far.

The return to work was a bit daunting as I’m on my feet a lot and dealing with patients throughout the day and so feeling crampy isn’t great for a day of standing and trekking through corridors. I’m a Healthcare Assistant for those who don’t know. I took some ibuprofen when I woke up with my breakfast and took some heat pads, just in case. I have never had such an easy second day of my period before In my life! I was a little achy and crampy the closer I got to lunch but I could still walk! I was a very happy chappie. I was still pretty heavy and went through 5 pads, but that’s more for comfort then a real need to change them. I was amazed by my Essence of Eve pads as I was a bit dubious about the claims of being heavy pads but they were great. I’ll do individual reviews though in the coming few weeks.

The following two days there was no cramping at all but my stomach was a bit sensitive and wasn’t feeling very hungry. I used 3 pads a day including the overnight pads so I wasn’t too heavy. I had quite a few headaches though and felt a bit dizzy, probably because I wasn’t eating enough. No stomach cramps though thankfully.

The final day, no stomach cramps and only the one pad. I felt really queasy and dizzy and actually had to have a nap after I finished my shift. Still felt rubbish and my stomach was a bit off. Usually I do feel like I have a bug when I’m on my period but this cycle I have to wonder if I have in fact had a bit of a stomach bug. Or maybe an ear infection which is causing the dizziness because I still feel a bit off today and my cycle has ended.

Anyways back to the period. It was a short 5 day cycle for me that started heavy and stayed that way for the first 3 days. This is my second full cycle with all cloth pads and so far I have been a lot comfier and I love picking out which pads to use! All the patterns make things a bit more entertaining. Like I said, I will start uploading pad reviews so if there are any brands you’d like to hear about or if there is any particular information you’d like to know about pads, please let me know so I can include it.

Thanks for reading!

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