I’m currently sitting on my sofa, with a cup of peppermint tea and hot water bottle watching Bob’s Burgers. Now the best place to start is probably the beginning. People all experience it differently, some people suffer, some people it doesn’t bother and for some people like myself its very intermittent.
I really struggled when I first started, throughout school and college I had to have days off because I was just in too much pain and couldn’t focus. I felt immobilised. In my late teens I opted to get the implant, its the size of a hair grip and just sits inside your arm. I had researched it a lot and saw that it helped with periods for a lot of people. So I thought, why not? I also got it for one of the obvious reasons, contraception.
The implant can affect everyone differently, one of my friends from secondary school was on it and was basically ‘on’ for 6 months straight, no breaks. I however seemed to avoid the short straw. Throughout my first year with the implant in I never came on once. After the first year I had a day or two max where I would be on but it was so minor I didn’t even notice sometimes. It was a nice 5 years, about 2 months ago I got the implant removed.
About 3 weeks after I had it out I as sitting at work and got a massive pang of pain. I just knew. All of the memories from my teenage years came flooding back and it was like watching a storm coming towards you on the horizon. All of that night I was in bed in pain, feeling sorry for myself and crying about nothing. My hormones were everywhere.
I’ve taken a different approach this month and will be forward because its really helped me cope better. So here are a few things I’ve been doing to make that horrid time of the month not that bad.
- Drink lots of water: Keep up on that H2o. Ditch the caffeine and fizzy pop, keep yourself completely hydrated and you won’t snack as much too.
- Gentle exercise: I know exercise is the last thing you will want to do. Take a slow stroll with a pet or loved one and it really helps distract you and keep you active. Gentle yoga is the best, it massages your internal organs and helps with cramps.
- Pamper: Do your nails, shower, scrub, face mask and relax. This will help you just feel better in yourself.
- Netflix and chill: Sometimes you just need a hot water bottle, peppermint tea and netflix for the evening.
What do you use to help you cope with that time? I need all the help I can get.