I don’t usually suffer really badly with any PMS, apart from mildly sore boobs perhaps. But nothing to write home about. This month? Oh, WOW. I had the period from hell. For a week beforehand I felt so ill with back ache and headache. My back was so bad I was starting to wonder if I had a kidney infection. Add to that intermittent tummy troubles and it wasn’t much fun at all. Then my period arrived three days early and I felt really nauseous and crampy for that first heaviest day. Thanjfully I had my LadyBits angry uterus heat pack to help ease the cramping. And I spent most of the day feeling sorry for myself on the sofa. But it definitely wasn’t a happy period.
I remember in my teens I used to suffer really badly like this, sometimes having to miss a day of school on that first day, or being sent home halfway through because the teacher noticed how pale and quiet I was. I used to go all night writhing in agony, unable to sleep. Taking painkillers that didn’t seem to help. Feeling incredibly uncomfortable in the itchy disposable pads that would get scrunched up in my knickers. That awful, heavy, dragging feeling from my groin, right down my thighs that meant I couldn’t stand up for very long without doubling over.
I haven’t felt like that for decades and I really hope it was a one-off and not a sign of my age. I’m 34 now, so it’s inevitable that my cycle and symptoms will change at some stage. It would be really unfair to discover cloth pads at the age of 32 and only be allowed two years of actually enjoying my body’s natural function before it turns against me again!
Have you noticed any changes to your cycle as you’ve grown older? For better or for worse?
In the meantime, here is my ‘What I Wore this Month’…
TOP ROW (left to right):
~ Homestead Emporium, bamboo velour Ultimax Slim, night (14.5″)
~ 2 x Homestead Emporium, bamboo velour Ultiminis, heavy (the rainbow one has an extra layer of zorb in the core, denoted by the extra lines of stitching) (12″)
~ Lady Days, Lady Luxury bamboo velour, night (14″)
~ Lady Days, Lady Luxury bamboo velour, regular/heavy (11″)
~ 2 x Lady Days, Original cotton (11″)
BOTTOM ROW (l-r):
~ Moon and Stars Pads, bamboo velour with a cotton/PUL backing, night (14″)
~ Yurtcraft, cotton, regular (12″)
~ Earthshine Luxe, Full Moon jersey, regular/heavy (12.5″)
~ Made by Gituce, cotton, regular (11″)
~ Beau Bespoke, Egyptian cotton, heavy (12″)
~ KTBoo Baby, Full Mooncloth shibori-dyed bamboo velour, heavy (11″)
~ Dimplemuff, suedecloth, liner (11.5″)
~ 2 x Domino Pads, bamboo velour, liners (13″)