Today’s topic is 100% girl talk–girl talk of the “ladies’ days” variety, if you must know. While we may talk about our periods in general terms, in terms of “it’s that time of the month”, “I’m feeling hormonal”, and “just pass me the Midol”, who talks about what really happens during a menstrual period? Once your done reading the general “Your Period and You” type literature in junior high, how often do you delve into specifics?
So today I’m asking you-do you wear dark pants and long shirts during your period in case of accidents? Do you sometimes pass on social activities because of discomfort during you period? Do you buy your supplies in bulk and go through the bulk–every month (or even more often)?
Menorrhagia (the official name of heavy and prolonged menstrual bleeding) is a real medical condition, and it’s one that is more common than you may think. According to the National Women’s Health Research Center, 1 in 5 women suffer from heavy periods.
If you are doubling up on protection (tampon and a pad for backup) and/or changing your protection more than every 1-2 hours, please take a look at www.daretowearwhite.com. This website is full of information, discussion starters to take to your doctor, and more. There are various causes (polyps, hormone imbalances and more) and various courses of treatment for this condition. Personally, about two years ago, I did have a wallop of a polyp that was wreaking havoc on my cycle (and my life) and a quick D & C took care of it. My doctor told me that if my periods are ever that frequent again (every 18 days), to definitely give a call.
The Dare to Wear White website is bringing women together to talk about this condition, and it is spreading the word about a new procedure by Novasure, endometrial abalation. This is a quick and minimally invasive procedure, and it works by using energy to remove the lining of the uterus. If you suffer from menorrhagia and you are done having children, it may be something for you to consider. There is a great “story” section to this website–a place for women to share what living with this condition is like, and the different treatment options they’ve used.
Want to get a little reward for your years of suffering through incredibly heavy periods? Take a few minutes and visit Mom Central’s survey. If you are one of the first 250 women (suffering from heavy periods) to fill out the survey, you will get a $10 Amazon gift certificate for your time!
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