Apr 1, 2013

What's the Best Advice YOU Have Gotten to Change The Cycle #Sponsored

I have been compensated for this post, however all opinions expressed are my own.

I have to admit most of the time, I'm glad I'm a girl.  Boys are pretty dirty and gross, and I swear they don't talk to each other about anything.  Seriously, friends and I have been talking about this a lot lately.  Guys have friends, and they talk, but they talk about a whole lot of nothing.  Or at least nothing very personal.

Girls are different though, we tell our friends just about everything!  But there are still some topics that even the closest of friends don't always feel comfortable talking about.  Or maybe you're willing to talk, but no one else understands what it is you're going though...in this case, I'm talking heavy periods.  Sorry, guys if you're reading this feel free to click away now, it's not going to get any better.  Ok, so girls, if you've never experienced this, count your lucky stars, assume you karma got even somewhere else and just consider reading so you'll know a little more in case a friend ever shares her experience with you.

So here's the deal.  As young woman our point of reference for all things 'flow' related seem to be the 4th grade TALK and ridiculous related product commercials on TV.  So between the flowery attempts of a school nurse trying not to traumatize you and the companies making money on your monthly misery showing you how using their latest and greatest will mean you can do ANYTHING during that time of the month, it can leave us a little confused.  When the life is literally drained from you and you're pretty sure you WILL in fact die, who can you turn too?  In my case, I turned to my mom.  Well meaning, and experienced, it turns out she was definitely not the most knowledgeable.  Her advice was basically Tylenol and sleep til it stops.

So maybe you're wondering, 'well what IS a heavy period'? From talking to friends over the years, I'd say there is a wide range of what can be considered heavy.  But for me, it's heavy when it's having a real impact on my normal activies (which despite what the tampon companies seem to think don't include horseback riding, tennis or snorkeling.)

Here's what I found on AboutHeavyPeriods.com:

For me, its really varied over the years but was the worst in my teens, usually leaving my unable to work or go to school a day or so a month.  Over the years I got a LOT of advice.  Some helped, some didn't.  Switching from Tylenol to Ibuprofen was probably the simple advice that made the most noticeable difference.  

Another common thing I here is going on a birth control pill to regulate flow. Personally this didn't work for me because even being 4 or so hours late in taking a pill meant an extra period.  Having babies seemed to have made a difference as well, but I do NOT recommend it as solution as it really just bring its own sort of stress and pain! Thankfully, with much discussion with my Dr. I have found that an IUD makes all the difference in the world for me.  But it's not the answer for everyone, for sure.  

If you're struggling with heavy periods, visit ChangeTheCycle.com to talk more with real woman.  And check out Change the Cycle at Facebook to get lots of great advice regularly.

But if you already have the secret to heavy periods, stop by the Change the Cycle Facebook page (staring April 2nd) and share the best advice you've received  for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!


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