The average woman will experience over 450 periods in her life. That's anywhere from 1300 to 3000+ days. Days in which we do what we need and want to do. But when you have a period problem, it becomes more challenging. If you are doubled over in pain or have to change your tampon every 45 minutes for several days each month, of course your productivity is going to suffer. (which we know is not normal and warrants a doctor's visit!) While figuring out a treatment plan for improvement, it’d be nice to have the option to plan around the times you feel the most awful, however, how many women can actually do that? The show must go on. While we may not be able to plan around it completely, we can develop a better understanding of what’s going on at different points during the cycle and become aware of symptoms and how they respond to various activities. It’s important to give yourself grace too. Sometimes sweatpants and a hot water bottle is required!
Needless to say...don’t read this if period talk or personal stories bother you!
“You can do this!” I say as I take two more ibuprofen. I sort through my leggings and find the black pair that has some, but not too much, compression. My belly feels large and heavy as I pull the waist band up and over. Now that my oversized sweats have been replaced with uncomfortable fitted leggings, I search for a loose shirt. Being a group fitness instructor means class must go on! I can’t cancel classes monthly so…I take a deep breath and hope that the ibuprofen works well enough to keep me from feeling like my insides are being ripped out. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE what I do…I just wish my body was more cooperative!
I’m far from the only woman who dreads each month.
We don't talk about periods very often yet so many of us suffer each month. I am interested in other women's experiences. Maybe you are too. Continue reading for mine.