100th post and it’s personal

I thought long and hard about writing this post. My hundredth post. A big deal for me! I wanted it to have impact. I considered my topic.. Too personal? Absolutely! Too graphic? Absolutely! So why am I willing to share these intimate details.. Education, is the answer. Knowledge is power. If I can help another woman make a choice that’s right for her, or prevent someone from going through this then it’s worth the embarrassment of publicly talking about it so here goes.
They say being a woman is a blessing and a curse. The blessing is if you are lucky you get to bring a life in to the world! The curse is usually once a month you go through your menstrual cycle. Once a month for possibly 40 years. Some women are extremely unlucky and go through this more than once a month. Some women experience severe cramps, debilitating pain, hormonal migraines, bloating, bad skin, sleeplessness. Some women get away with a light bleed for 2-3 days, others up to 10 days of what is commonly called flooding! No explanation needed!
I have heard all the jokes about Super and super plus tampons and liners. Let me set the record straight for any men brave enough to read this post. Super does not mean that the vagina that it occupies is a vast canyon, an enormous abyss, it refers to the volume the product can hold!
Anyway here’s to the personal bit. I unfortunately have always suffered. The last 6 months all of my symptoms increased and I was referred to a specialist. I have a cyst on my ovary (not my first) which causes increased discomfort around ovulation time. I have a fibroid in the uterus, a non cancerous growth that increases pain and volume of loss on a monthly basis. The one thing I wasnt prepared for was that my symptoms had resulted in a severe case of anemia! My iron and B 12 are super low. What does this mean? If not treated it can cause immune problems. I am completely exhausted on a daily basis and have to take prescribed iron tablets and have a B12 shot once a month. The primary concern is, how do we slow down the monthly bleeding.
The specialist recommended an IUD. A tiny device inserted in to the uterus that is supposed to dramatically decrease the symptoms of PMS like cramping, bloating, headaches and more importantly reduce the volume and duration of the period. I’m told to expect some spotting… For up to 16 days in the first month but by month 6, i could possibly have no symptoms and no period at all.
After a great deliberation I decided to go for it as my quality of life was being severely impacted.so what is the result.. I did not experience spotting. I have had to manage through  2.5 months of full days of cramping and bleeding. Which kind of defeats the purpose and only increases my anemia! I am on my third course of blood clotting medicine to try to stem the flow! I should have shares in Always or Tampax! I have had to go and lay in my bed no later than 8pm for the last 2.5 months as I am so drained and exhausted I am barely dragging myself through the day. I have severe leg cramps, back ache, headaches and wait gain around my middle. My temper is hard to control and all in all I’m feeling emotional.
I am still taking iron tablets and having B12 stuck in my arse once a month. My specialist asked me to hang in there… Give it one more month. Ive done research on the product that we selected, the one that was supposedly going to dramatically reduce my symptoms and found that the side effects are so vast there is a support group. so it’s decision time.. What do I do now? I’m not a quitter. Is it a case of, I have to get worse before I get better? I am writing this post incase any other women are considering this IUD there are things you should know! Or if you already have it and are experiencing the incredible range of debilitating symptoms that I am, you are not alone!
I am back to the specialist next week and for now I’m hanging in there…


About yorkshiremummy

Born and Raised in Yorkshire, Now at Large in North America. Working Wife and Mum of 2. Occasionally sarcastic, Often inappropriate, but always real! Having snorkeled with sharks in the Maldives, ridden an Elephant in Sri Lanka, swum in an underground river in Mexico and played with Lion cubs in South Africa, currently enjoying the crazy adventure of motherhood!
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7 Responses to 100th post and it’s personal

  1. I was considering this route myself until a friend suffered such side bad effects – akin to the ones you are describing – that it completely put me off. In the end, hers didn’t improve, she had it removed and went on to have a hysterctomy which, she says, she is glad for every day.
    I am just heading for the menopause and letting nature take its course – which it is. I don’t need so much iron. I am nearly 48 though. Very best of luck to you. Everything crossed. I wouldn’t count on that IUD though x

    • Thanks, you know the only positives I’ve had is my hormonal migraines are less severe but not less frequent and nausea I get every month is reduced.. For me that’s not worth the trade off. Mirena is the one I have.

  2. Karen says:

    Thank you for sharing such a personal post. Its quite relevant for me at the moment as my monthly sufferings are on the increase. I tweeted just the other night about it, asking for some suggestions.
    Whilst what I’m experiencing is nowhere near as severe as you, it is getting to the stage where I need to do something about it.
    After being on the pill since my late teens I decided to stop after having my 4th baby 3 yrs ago. Since then I’ve been having much heavier periods, terrible skin and the most horrendous headaches that sometimes develop into migraines. Luckily they still only last 5 days, which is bad enough so I can’t imagine what you must be going through. I’m just not sure whether to go back on the combined pill, the mini pill or try the iud.
    I will now pick up the phone at make an appointment. In the meantime I hope your symptoms settle down very quickly and you can begin to get your life back. Xx

    • Thanks for the comment. I’m sorry you are suffering too. I do know a few people that have had success with taking a combination of B vitamins and evening primrose every month. Try that and hope it gets better for you too!

  3. markukleaf says:

    One of the reasons I like you so much is you are always open and honest, but this is another level. I really hope one way or another you get through this. You are a fighter and a #GloveTap for that helping you through this incredibly rough time.

  4. Gina Caro says:

    Thank you for sharing this story. I also suffer every month and the pain seems to be getting worse every time, especially since I’ve had children. It’s always comforting to know that others have similar problems. xgx

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