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Period Pain – More Than A Pain In The…

Period Pain – More Than A Pain In The…

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

 

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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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17 Comments

  1. 13th August 2018 / 1:27 pm

    Oh period pain definitely don’t need it. Great post! #anythinggoes

  2. 14th August 2018 / 7:49 am

    My periods have always been terribly painful. I was told it might help once I had children. It didn’t. Then as I got into my perimenopause it got worse. I’m now using a mirena coil and have some relief, finally. Never thought I’d long for menopause but it’s got to feel so freeing after years of pain and whacky hormones xx

  3. 14th August 2018 / 8:17 am

    I also have PCOS and have never had too much trouble with my periods. They’re still pretty regular even off the pill. The only thing I did notice was has ‘moody’ I was. I went on the pill at 16 to manage my mood swings and after several years and several different pills I gave up. After having a baby the mood swings seem to have levelled out. ☺️
    #triumphanttales

  4. 14th August 2018 / 11:20 am

    It’s good to be able to talk about these things

  5. 14th August 2018 / 11:57 am

    I’m lucky that I’ve never experienced pain or PMS until I had my son, but having had both for almost 3 years now I don’t envy you it. Us women don’t have to go through some crap! #TriumphantTales

  6. 14th August 2018 / 11:58 am

    I’m lucky that I’ve never experienced pain or PMS until I had my son, but having had both for almost 3 years now I don’t envy you it. Us women don’t have to go through some crap! #TriumphantTales

  7. 14th August 2018 / 1:59 pm

    What a great post! It is something that needs talking about a lot more. I wouldn’t wish period pain on anyone.

  8. 14th August 2018 / 3:55 pm

    Oh God it is bloody awful isn’t it. Commiserations to you! I feel your pain! #triumphanttales

  9. 15th August 2018 / 6:38 am

    Period pains aren’t something I’ve ever suffered from, but I am aware when they are about to start #triumphanttales

  10. 15th August 2018 / 12:14 pm

    Ever since I have given birth my periods are a lot more painful and get bad back ache for a day or two when my periods start. It is tough going for us women X #triumphanttales

  11. 15th August 2018 / 1:48 pm

    Oh my gosh. I really feel your pain. My sister suffers really badly and every month, she dreads getting her period. Well done for being open and talking about it x #TriumphantTales

  12. 16th August 2018 / 11:37 pm

    I barely noticed my period after getting it at 13, it was light and despite a bit of pain it wasn’t a bother. I had a cyst when I was 16 that had to be removed, and had pain during that time. But after the birth of Aspen and then the other two it got far worse. I get lower back pain and have 2 days where it is quite heavy. One day in particular it is so heavy it makes it more difficult to go out. I a glad you wrote this post! #TriumphantTales.

  13. 18th August 2018 / 7:32 am

    Oh God it is bloody awful isn’t it. I really feel your pain. Period pains aren’t something I’ve ever suffered from, but I am aware when they are about to start. Well done for being open and talking about it .

  14. 18th August 2018 / 2:30 pm

    Bravo for discussing. I have been fortunate in respect to period pain, and now I am on the other side, flashing and sweating 1 million and six times a day. 🙂 My heart goes out to you, and all that suffer every month! xoxo #triumphanttales

  15. 19th August 2018 / 9:59 pm

    MIne were awful as a teen and then settled when I was on the pill. Since having the children I have been taken back to my early teen years. Period pains and hormones go crazy. My hubby said that when I’m at my worst it is like the world is coming to an end – my hormones have gone crazy. I tried to go back on the pill as it helped when I was a teen – now I can’t get on with the pill. Looks like I’m going to have to ride it out! #TriumphantTales

    • Jaki
      20th August 2018 / 10:29 am

      I’ve had the exact same problem Jo – I could have written that myself! 🙁

  16. 20th August 2018 / 12:27 pm

    My mum kept telling me that once I had kids it would ease off! Afterwards, she admitted she’d been lying. I have tried everything under the sun and nothing works. I saw a locum doctor who wa sincredulous that I’d been in pain for a week a month for over half of my life and hadn’t demanded further tests but my regular GP refuses to help. I dread having to try to be positive when my daughter starts hers… #triumphanttales

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