July 31, 2012
Is there such a thing is a normal period? I hope this isn't TMI, but my periods are always clot-filled, heavy nasty times of the month. As I've said in another post, today I got my period and it just came…no boobs hurting, no cramps, just this weird pain by my left hip, then BOOM! blood.
I went to the OB/GYN last year about my very heavy periods and was told I had three choices: an IUD, the mini pill or have part of the lining of my uterus burned out. I said no thanks to all three. I take enough medicine that I don't want to put anything else into my body. So I deal with the heavy, gross periods. They are so heavy that I became anemic and am still taking iron (though I haven't had blood work done since I started eating Primally, so we'll see in a couple weeks if I'm still anemic).
Is there something I should be doing to help my body, or are these types of periods normal? I hate the word normal, maybe typical is a better choice.
August 3, 2012
On the positive side, at least you don't get cramps!
There probably isn't a such thing as a normal period… just normal for you. Progesterone derivatives are effective at giving you lighter periods, but I know you don't want to use them. How do you feel about herbs? I believe there are some herbal hormone regulators you could take to help reduce the emotional burden during your period, and also some herbal remedies to lighten the flow. I'm not an herb expert, but I know that maca helps me a lot. I take a vitamin supplement every day that has a little maca in it. It makes me feel less half-cocked. Or more so. Whichever one is better
July 31, 2012
Hahah! I did end up with major cramps the next day…so bad that I actually took (gasp!) Ibuprofen and went to sleep for a couple hours. But, the interesting thing is that this period has been almost clot free. That is *not* normal for me, but I think it's better; at least I hope it's better.
I'm not adverse to herbs, but I think I'd like to give myself more time with diet adjustments and see if I can get off any of the other meds I take and look into healing my thyroid before I start with something outside of me that messes with my hormones. That being said, I will look at maca. I've never heard of it.
Thanks for the info!
August 20, 2012
I'm a little late to this but the same thing used to happen to me quite frequently. I don't have a solution but a nifty cramp relieving tip that seems to work for most and I don't find listed in too many places.
Vibrators! …not inside, but instead turned on to the highest setting and pressed lengthwise (assuming the vibrator in question is phallic shaped) over your uterus/crampy area. I usually put it in place and then curl up in the fetal position around it. How bad the cramps are determines how quickly it works. Ten minutes is usually enough.
If your vibrator isnt phallic shaped it should still do the trick, Ive used other shapes without issue. If you dont have a vibrator a back massager or anything that vibrates will do.
I imagine it works because it helps to shake the clots off the uterus wall (the clots actually being the fibrous lining that gets shed out.) Thats just my theory though.
August 21, 2012
Mine improved somewhat re: heaviness/crampiness going completely off sugar, flour and wheat products. Worst periods in the past were when I had a fairly large fibroid, which has now shrunk (no idea why). Have noticed also going off those processed foods that I can get my period at times and not even know it's coming, sneaking up on me as it were.
I hope you don't stress about TMI on this site, god knows I don't….just occurred to me I did my first post a few minutes ago and without really even introducing myself got right into the topic of constipation! Well…
August 26, 2012
If you're concerned about your thyroid not being quite right, that can most definitely affect your flow! Mine changed once I got my thyroid treated properly. It went from the heavy, brown gunky stuff to bright red with just small clots (sorry, TMI!) just with the right thyroid med alone. I still get some cramps but not nearly as crippling as before.
Not saying that's the case with you, but something to talk to your doctor about!
November 6, 2012
I'm new to this forum, and to paleo/primal in general, only having been grain-free for 3-4 months now, but I *have* noticed a change this past month regarding amount of clotting, pain, etc.
Years & years ago, I was on the pill and had been for most of my post-pubescent life, aside from a 3 or 4 year stint on Depo Provera (yikes! it wasn't good..). During that time, my periods were what I now hold as the standard for "normal" – lasting 5 or 6 days, no crazy, hemmorhagic-style "crimson tide", no clots, no pain. Looking back about 4 or 5 years ago, sometime around when the adrenal fatigue started, my hormones shifted. I had some pain when I ovulated (on whichever side was releasing said egg), and would get cramps and sore breasts at the start of my period. I can't remember when the clotting started, but it was a gradually increasing sort of thing, until finally there was a lot of clotting, on top of really, really heavy flow the first day or two, tapering downwards for the rest of the week, and really bad cramping for the first day or two as well. Even with supplementation, I've had consistently depleted iron levels.
So again, fast forward to this past month, where the only thing I can figure is that there is some internal "housekeeping" and reorganization going on.. lol Firstly, I started early. Then, my cramping was very minimal, breast pain non-existent, and there was very little in the way of clots. That said, my body sure made up for it in volume, though! Not only was there even more on the first day than has been "usual" for me, it continued on like that through the second day before tapering off very, very gradually through the rest of the week, and then I wasn't even finished a week later! What was left towards the end was minimal, but my body still took two weeks to be done with it! sheesh…
Anyway, I'd been searching for posts on what other women have experienced with their cycles, and am glad I came across your post because I've been having a hard time trying to post a new topic – for some reason it won't work for me.
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