I don’t often get too personal on this blog but sometimes it’s nice for us girls to have a chat about the things that affect us on a daily, or in this case, monthly basis. Today I’m talking about period pain.
Before I go any further, I’m not talking about the awful Endometriosis that I know is far worse than regular period pain. I know people who have this, and that’s a whole different ball game. I can’t even begin to discuss that, because I don’t have the experience to comment on it. But I do have years of experience and suffering under my belt of Dysmenorrhea – that’s period pain to you and me.
I started my periods at the tender age of eleven. Thankfully, I knew what was going on because we’d had ‘the talk’ at school. They were just a little annoying to start with, but back then they didn’t cause me too much pain. Maybe for the first day or so but nothing other than that. It wasn’t until I got older into my late teens and early twenties that the pain went up a few notches.
It got so bad that my doctor prescribed me the contraceptive pill, and this was an absolute Godsend. No more periods and no more pain for me. I really wish I hadn’t taken it for granted back then because it seems since having my little boy almost six years ago, my body has more than made up for the pain-free years I did have. Not only that but over the last couple of years I always seem to get a migraine around the time of ovulation, if that doesn’t tell me that my hormones have taken over, I’m not sure what does.
I’ve been inspired to write this post because for the last few days I have been in agony. My tummy has swollen to the size of a four-month baby bump and I’ve been literally doubled over in pain at times. Normal paracetamol just doesn’t cut it and all I really want to do on days like this, if I’m honest, is jump into bed with a hot water bottle and feel sorry for myself. But life doesn’t work like that does it? I have a job to go to and a little boy to look after. So I have to get on with it.
I was told, I can’t remember who by, that after I had a baby that the period pain I’d experienced in my younger years wouldn’t be as bad. I was looking forward that if I’m honest, but unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. It got me wondering if any other Mums have had the same issues. I asked some of my fellow blogger Mums and I was quite surprised with what they had to say.
“Mine are awful since having my two – I’ve been for tests etc and scans and been told there is nothing wrong! Just hormonal! I can be on my period for up to two weeks have about 12 days off then start again! I get in agony, eat everything in sight and am so emotional.” – Lianne, anklebitersadventures.co.uk
“I have PCOS and had terrible periods when I came off the pill. Plus be heavy and doubled over in pain with them. Went on the coil after my second baby and have little to no bleeding each month” – Rachael, totsandtantrums.co.uk
“My period pains massively reduced after my first son, and after my second they’re now twice as bad as they were to start with! I feel cheated. I only get pains leading up to coming on though, thankfully.” – Fern, mumconventional.co.uk
“Mine have just got weird since having kids! They stop and start! I’ll literally have a period for two days, then it totally disappears, then a few days later it comes back to finish off!! So unpredictable and different each month. Before kids, it was like clockwork and didn’t stop and start!” – Victoria, healthyvix.com
“Since the boys, my periods are really difficult to cope with, it’s the pain more than anything. I’d never had period pain before this, it’s so overwhelming and I even get it in the top of my legs. I also find that I know when I’m ovulating now as that is so painful too.” – Emma, readyfreddiego.com
So it seems I’m not alone when it comes to post-pregnancy period pain. A lot of it is quite probably down to hormones, which have very much changed since I’ve had a baby and not for the better. My PMT is worse than it’s ever been. I’m sure my husband will accept any sympathy that is sent his way.
So hats off to all you wonderful ladies out there that are suffering on a regular basis, but still carrying on with your day to day to lives because you have to. You aren’t alone. I hope that goes some way in making it all a little more bearable.
Do you suffer from bad period pain? Has it got better or worse if you’ve had children? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to know.
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