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

 

June Treat Trove Period box

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Sorry for the late review, I actually received this box early last week and just haven’t had a chance to sit down and type this up. This is a review of the monthly subscription box that I have been getting since April. The Treat Trove is a UK based company and do a range of boxes and products on their website: http://thetreattrove.co.uk/

They have a selection of different boxes the majority of which include reusable cloth menstrual pads. It’s perfect for someone who is interested in trying them out but doesn’t know which brand or style they would prefer as it will provide a range of styles over time. They vary in prices usually around £18-30 depending on the box. I buy the Period box which is £24.95.

In this box I received two different cloth pads from two new makers. One was a Craft Mummy Makes pad which is I believe an bamboo velour pad so it’s extremely soft and was a gorgeous colour. Unfortunately its shape really doesn’t suit me, it’s far too wide at around 4” when closed and doesn’t fit in my undies at all. It’s very floppy and soft and I do love the material it’s just not for me.

The second pad is a Chubby Joes pad and is in a really nice Peace print. The size of it was a bit of a worry at first as it looks like it fastens quite wide, but because it’s not as floppy as the other pad it actually sits really nicely. It doesn’t move once it’s fastened and it[s a decent size so I really like it. https://www.facebook.com/chubbyjoescloth/

You also get a little interlabial pad which I haven’t actually tried yet. They’re supposed to be really good for people with heavy periods to stop the (sorry if this grosses you out) gushing. It’s a very soft material and I’ll use it on my heavier days to try out in the future, but it’s not been much of an issue for me so far.

On to the extra little goodies, you get a nice little mirror which easily fits into your handbag or purse. Mine has a nice anchor print on it which I like. I was actually looking to get myself one of these just before the box came so I’m happy I didn’t buy the one I saw in the shop. It’s cute and a nice touch.

This box didn’t come with many sweet items which I was quite sad about, you do get a nice chocolate lolly stick. It’s quite small and while very tasty, it didn’t really satisfy my monthly chocolate cravings. It was provided by Choco Loco and I do recommend you check them out because the chocolate was milky and lovely. These lollies would make a great little party bag addition.

Next in the box was a little wet bag, pouch, thing. It’s fairly small and would fit nicely into your handbag. It’s made of a wet bag, waterproof material so it would be great for people that go swimming and want to take some pads or make up but don’t want to risk them getting wet. It’s made by Holly Willow and it’s nicely made, neat stitching. My only down side to it is that I received a floral print, I really am not a floral girl so I will probably pass this on to a friend.

You get another wax melt which is different to the ones received in the previous boxes as it’s a bit larger and has a fun design. Mine is a Hot Pink Lime scent which does smell great. It’s a bit big for my melt holder so I’m going to have to break it down to use it. It’s made by Butterfly Scents who’s website is: http://butterflyscents.co.uk/

The final item is a Swirl soap from Knick Knacks Attic. Mine is a Passion Fruit swirl which does smell amazing. I’m not going to open this just yet though so I can’t comment on how it feels, I’m planning on taking it to university with me when I start back up in September. It’s my little treat for when I’m back to no cash. Their website is: http://www.knickknacksattic.co.uk/

So all in all it’s not been a bad box. I have to admit it isn’t my favourite box so far just because the pad doesn’t work for me and if I’m honest, the little extras just didn’t seem enough. I still recommend this box fully, especially to those just starting out with cloth or who want a treat. The items in this box are lovely and well made it just didn’t suit me personally. More chocolate or sweets or snack bars! The customer service for this company is amazing so if you have any questions then feel free to ask the ladies over on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thetreattrove/?fref=ts

Thanks for reading!

Charlotte x

 

Me Chai Designs, Wet bag review

A bit of a later update this week, been working the late shift so I’ve been going straight to bed when I get back. This is just a showing of my new wet bag that I have just received from Me Chai Designs who entered the bag into an auction to raise money for a fellow cloth user in need. I saw the pattern and loved it and thankfully I now own it. It was a bargain really, came from the US and cost me £14.85 which included postage and packaging. You can buy them or similar items on her for around £16. The website for her shop is linked further down the page but her Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MeChaiDesigns/

The maker is called Kassandra Boehmer and she is amazingly friendly and answered any questions I had as soon as I sent her a message. They have now started delivering to the UK, just send her a message when you choose what you want to order and the cost of postage will be calculated for every order. It took 2 weeks to arrive (which is great for UK) and was nicely packaged so it wasn’t damaged in transit. Kassandra owns Me Chai Deigns and uses really high quality fabrics to make her products.

The bag itself is a little small for me to use to collect all of my used cloth pads in but, it’s perfect for when I’m travelling. I’ll be using it as a travel wet bag and a discrete bag for in the bathroom when I’m back at University. She doesn’t just do wet bags either! She has a great range of cloth pads available and updates regularly on her etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MeChaiDesigns?ref=shop_name_search_sugg

The bag is made from Kona cotton, and is extremely soft and flexible so it’s easy to pop in the drawer when it’s not being used unlike some of the heavily lined wet bags that I’ve seen previously. The sewing is perfect and the bag safely holds two regular, one liner and an overnight pad with space to spare.

DSCF2349There is also a stain removal bar available through this store which I would love to try as I’ve been looking for one for a while now, if you’ve tried them before could you please let me know how you got on and which brands you found the best.

Very impressed with this shop and recommend it to anyone looking for a wet bag for any reason. Very friendly and helpful, cheap but excellent quality and just overall easy to order. If you have any questions feel free to ask!

Charlotte x