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Periods.....
21-05-2005, 04:00 PM
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Periods.....

I have been meaning to start a thread about periods for ages and I keep forgetting.

But I hate them with avengence and I am sick sick sick to death of them. My youngest is now 6 years old and in the last 3 or 4 years they have got so bad that I miss probably about a day a month, cos I just stay in bed and am moody, miserable, irritable, irrational, bad tempered, angry and just foul, oh and that is not including the cramps and the leaks!!

Today is one of those days - but I have given bed a miss and have been shopping instead, and I am either too hot or too cold. I feel sick, I have a headache, I could murder Mr F, I am not hungry and although I have a glass of wine I don't really feel like it, I don't even feel like a ciggie. And I wouldn't mind - but I started when I was 9 years old - so today will be my 354th period [I have calculated pregnancies into this.]

I have always been pretty heavy and long lasting - but never moody or had pain with them. But when all four are combined it is just gross and I am sure unneccesary.

Do you find that yours have got worse the older you get, or do they seem better?

And when do you go throught the menopause?? Is it about 50 [ish]?? And how long does that last and does it hurt and what happens and I am feeling very tearful and I just want to know things. Cos knowledge is power and I can rule the world one day!!

I always cook with wine, and sometimes I actually put it in the food.
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21-05-2005, 04:06 PM
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you're having a **** day. i hate periods too. because i have crohns, they always seem to exacerbate that as well for my luck.

hot baths, nurofen, ho****er bottle and a lot of tlc. although i am sure you have tried it all, and sleep.chocolate. good friends.
my mum had the menopause at 34 so there is no real time but a lot of women experience it late 40's/early 50's. i'm sure someone here will be able to tell you about it from their own perspective.

my periods havent got worse, just miserably the same. my sisters periods got really bad then relieved when she had children. some women find a d&c useful if their is a lot of flow.
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21-05-2005, 04:13 PM
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I would like to introduce you to my neighbour Flip! as I had a rather stomach churning covnesation with her last week about blood clots the size of a cow's liver etc etc! She's the neighbour that told me about her husband taking viagra ... which you may remember from some years back! That woman is an open book!

... i only came online to visit Delia's site for tips on how to season a frying pan ...
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21-05-2005, 04:13 PM
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I like you Flip have always had very heavy periods from the age of 9, but I have always suffered mood swings with them. My symptoms have got worse over the last 10 years and the only thing that has helped me was to go back on the pill even though I don't need it for contraception, due to being sterilised in my early thirty's. But from what my doctor said this is very common as a woman approaches menopause.

As for when the menopause starts I am not sure but I seem to remember hearing it was any time from 40 onwards, although the earlier you start your periods the later this was likely to happen.
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21-05-2005, 04:15 PM
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ooh good topic flip.

Mine have certainly changed as I have got older. I have always had a very unpredictable cycle anywhere between 5 weeks and 6 months...once after 10 months they had to be started up by the doctor (when I was 26). When I'm on the pill they were fine.

But now (not on the pill) they have settled down to about a 5 week cycle, I get a day of spotting then nothing for 2 days then OH DEARY ME...THE PAIN...only for a day or two, but very painfull. They are not so heavy just painfull..and yes my mood changes....I can even be snappy :ohmy:

I am seriously thinking about getting it all whipped out, not only do I not need this equipment any more, I'm sure it would help my ulcerative colitus which is always worse during my periods. Killing two birds with one stone come to mind.

Boo the period thats what I say.
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21-05-2005, 04:18 PM
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Awwwww Flip :hug:

It's a long time since I had the bother but I can still remember what a pain it was, literally. Always seemed to happen when I was going somewhere or on holiday or just at the most inconvenient times and as I was never on the Pill I never knew when it would happen unlike some of my colleagues who would say things like "I am due on at about 11 o'clock today" which used to fascinate me. Not for them, the tissue between the legs shuffle to nearest Chemist.

I had an early change (46) despite the fact that I started early (10) and I can honestly say that although I expected it to be awful it was nothing more than a cessation of what was a damn nuisance. I fully expected to have a rotten time because I'm just one of those people that seems to get everything worse than everyone else. I was surprised and delighted, therefore, that I sailed through it and have never had a hot flush or mood swings or whatever you're supposed to get.

So the plus side is - wheeee free from the bother. The downside is that because I had no problems I was never put on HRT so I think I have aged (wrinkle-wise) more than I would have if I'd had a late change.

All of this is probably no help whatsoever but hope you feel better soon.
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21-05-2005, 04:33 PM
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Mine veer from being non existent to the type where you soak through a super size tampon AND two towels in the space of half an hour. :sad: The first couple of days are usually excruciating these days (I literally have to take 6 Nurofen just to be able to breathe normally).

I think it is because I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which I know can make these things worse. :ranting:

However I am pleased to say I have never suffered with mood swings (at least not related to periods anyway! :laugh: )
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21-05-2005, 04:34 PM
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Aw Flip. It really is sh it isn't it. I don't suffer toooo badly although I have noticed I suffer more the older I have got. I used to have the Depoproven(sp) injections cos I could not take the pill due to high blood pressure and they stopped altogether for two years, which was lovely, but I came off them when mr B had the old snip, so now I am back to once every 3-4 weeks feeling like sh it. Not much helps really, just someone sitting next to you who understands why you are a grumpy cow and lets you get on with it, without making you feel guilty about it.
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21-05-2005, 05:06 PM
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Mine have definitely got worse as I've got older. I never really used to suffer and was regular as clockwork. Since kids they got worse and now are even more painful. Also, my cycle has shortened to around 25 days. I have pain for about two days. Even the supersize purple Lilets don't work now. I have to use these AND pads for the first 2-3 days. I have to use something for 6-7 days. Then, a few days later, I start ovulating and this hurts just as much, only down one side though.

My mood probably does change, but not drastically. Only because of the pain and lack of sleep really. I really sympathise with you Flippy if they affect you this badly.

I would gladly have everything out except my ovaries, because this prevents early menopause. I would probably lose weight too!
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21-05-2005, 05:38 PM
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How awful for you Flip doesn't seem fair that you have suffered for so long.

My experience has been very much like Crits started at 11 never too much problem, I was on the pill until early 30's then Mr M had the snip. They started decreasing from about 40 onwards missing months altogether, then about 46 they disappeared completely. I did once read that if you started early your menopause would be earlier as you are born with the eggs and only have so many,as to whether that is true or not I don't know.

The menopause has been ok so far a few night sweats but nothing too bad unles these cramps are anything to do with it. Reading everyone else's problems I consider myself very lucky.
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