I love being a woman

Boys looks away now, be warned what follows is lots of TMI female stuff!
No really I did warn you so if you are forever traumatized by my graphic details then it is not my fault. On the other hand maybe you should read and learn.

So now I love being a woman, I know the men think that they are really cool with their urinary tract extending to the outside. I only had to watch my son sitting on my bed after our shower this morning, grinning from ear to ear while he had a good old fiddle with himself, to know that they are really proud of their external genitalia, and he is only 2. I really have no penis-envy at all. You can have them and love them and all the rest, I am very happy being a girl.

But some day, just some day I wish that what went with the territory was not quite so crap. Periods have never been a big deal in my life, I was regular and normal and did not really suffer much, but then I had 2 wonderful children and all changed. I now have the most ridiculously heavy cycles. I use a Mooncup during my period and they are the best thing ever, no really ever ever ever. Okay now to paint the picture of what I mean when I say heavy. Normal blood loss during a cycle is 35ml the normal range being 10-80ml. The mooncup holds 30mls. During my first fews days I can fill it in about 2 hours!! You do the maths, I lose more in a few hours than some people in there whole period. This delightful curse is called Menorrhagia my mom got it after us and eventually landed up have a hysterectomy.

It is not just this torrent like a blood river that I get, I have the delightful clots and excruciating pain. The pain is so intense the first few days that I can’t stand up straight, I have to take strong anti-inflammatory medication just to function normally. It feels like my insides want to become outsides. It is not dissimilar to early labour pains – ja it is like labour for 2 days every month – fun!

So what can I do? Not a hell of a lot
The pill would help to regulate my cycle but guess what? I can’t take it, I am a migrain sufferer (although I have not had any since I had the kids), I was on the pill for 10 years before and eventually the hormones caused facial paralysis and tingling down my fingers – not good. I will not risk a stroke just to lessen my periods, even though it would be a helpful as a contraceptive too.

I could do the Mirena coil but I hated it last time, it makes you moody and put on weight and besides I really just can’t afford it. Especially since it last for 5 years and at some point in the next 5 years I may have more kids if I meet someone and we decide we want kids together. So it seems a bit of a waste if it costs so much and I might not get the full time benefit anyway. And I have enough on my plate without adding extra moodiness into the mix.

I can take tranexamic acid (Cyklokapron) which is not hormonal but is used for excessive bleeding. This is quite drastic to me as it is a medication I used to recommend for my palliative care patients with bleeding out problems. The association with dying is too closely linked in my mind, I know I am being silly and I might have to take it, but I am holding out.

And well the final option is the hysterectomy but well like I said before I might want to populate the earth a little more and there are few Dr willing to do one on someone so young anyway.

So I guess I just suffer. Sorry about the moan and the TMI, but I just needed to get that off my chest. I am off to go and find some painkillers – please tell me why I thought tonight would be a good night to have friends around for dinner when I can hardly stand? Well that has to do with this mornings blog about needing a distraction. Well wine and laughter will help me think less about my sore insides and my confused brain.

12 thoughts on “I love being a woman

  1. I’m just moody during that period. I find myself snapping at people, not wanting to get out of bed. And then they start and it’s uch a relief to realise my life is not crap and I’m just being hormonal! Funny thing, every month I never seem to remember that the bad moods are coming.

  2. Ah, I know exactly! I live on pain killers for two days a month. I turn into grumpy pants from hell (well, maybe not that bad, but Im sure The Man would beg to differ) and then for a week after Im tired and cranky. Still as regular as clockwork after pregnancy (in fact, I was most unimpressed with my body when they came back exactly three months after birth AND I was breast feeding, harumph!)

  3. Wow we are like exact opposites! I used to get periods JUST like that, right through school and early adulthood. Debilitating cramps, clots, heavy bleeding, feeling like my legs were leaden and going to fall off etc. It was awful. But having kids cured me! I am so thankful not to have to deal with that anymore! It really is like labour every month. But with no proper pattern and no purpose, so you can’t work with it and cope like you do with labour. KWIM?

    Then the Mirena works great for me. If anything it stablises my moods and keep me more on an even keel.

    I also get migraines and mine are also hormone linked – hated the pill!

    Interesting how different people can be hey?

    p.s. I also did a nice TMi gynae post a while ago, to dispel any male fantasies about how erotic gynae visits are! LOL. 😉 http://janewsblog.blogspot.com/2007/02/tmi.html

  4. I took Cyklokapron until I went on the pill – works like a charm. Now I cant wait for TTC to be over so I can go back on the pill and have “normal” periods and “normal” pms.

    Being a women rocks… except for that one week a month!

  5. urgh lady, i feel for you. my periods also became pretty heavy after Jackson was born but i got a mirena and it’s been plain sailing since then, no side effects at all.

    other than that, i have to agree with you: mooncups are the best.

  6. I never had problems, some craps on the first day but it was totally bearable, then I started the pill for my acne and it not only helped that it made my periods so much lighter and less cramps, it’s awesome for me, sorry you can’t take it coz of the migraines, facial paralysis etc, geez that sounds scary!!! I’ve been taking it just over 2 years I guess I will have to stop before any serious side effects like that occur. acne or a blood clot hmmmm….tough choice :/ Your problem sounds terrible! that means 2 days every month you’re basically debilitated and cant do much. sucks! Maybe you can try a different pill to the one you took previously?

  7. Hystectomy sounds so drastic…

    I’m a big PMS sufferer…its not the period thats the problem with me, its the week before when I become “The Bitch From Hell” for a few days. There is no controlling it. I never suffered until after the birth of my eldest daughter.

    Thanx for the linky 🙂

  8. My x had a vasectomy so I was off the pill for YEARS… now have been with Dion for almost two years, back on the pill and I hate it.

    I wish he would just have a vasectomy.

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