11.12.12

Getting Personal - Girl Talk Update

Some of you who have followed my blog since the beginning may remember a particular post (click here) in which I shared my health woes. It has been a bit of a tough year. I've lost my temper with Doctors and turned down the offer of an operation because I have an irrational fear of Hospitals (it would also mean I can't have children but I'll save that for another blog post). The alternatives treatments don't inspire me with confidence. So I have come full circle. I continue to use the medication I've been prescribed but I am now experimenting with alternative treatments. In an ideal world I would like to stop taking Tranexamic Acid as it's a blood clotting drug so there are risks factors to consider.

Clipper Tea Organic Burst

This month I have tried Raspberry Leaf tea. I knew Raspberry Leaf was used for preparing for labour but had not realised it can be good for PMS. From what I have read it may assist in reducing cramps and heavy bleeding. I gave it a whirl alongside my prescribed medications and I did notice I reduced the number of pain killers I took. Obviously some more testing is needed but I was suitably impressed to want to try it again, after all tea has got to be better for my stomach than pills.

I have been following Organic Burst on Twitter but it was not until I read Buff Beauty's post about Maca that I took the plunge to buy it. I had not realised that Maca has been found to be beneficial in reducing Menopausal and PMS symptoms. I took this religiously for a week but then lost interest because I dislike the taste. It comes in a powder form and I have to find a way of masking the flavour. So far soya milk with Strawberry Nesquik is the best solution. I also dislike that it doesn't dissolve easily in liquid. Despite this I am going to give it another try so I will keep you updated on my progress.

I am also looking at cloth and organic cotton pads as I have problems with Always and Bodyform scenting their towels. Why do they think I want my lady parts to smell like air freshener? I have read some women believe the toxins in non-natural pads are the cause of problematic periods. At the moment the frustration I have with organic pads is I can only see them online. I have been put off ordering because of delivery charges. It would be much easier to throw them in my trolley when doing the weekly shop at local supermarket. The other issue that holds me back is the price. Understandably the cost is higher but heavy periods means I buy Always/Bodyform in bulk when they are on special offer at the Supermarket. I think if I can combat the heavy periods with an alternative treatment it may give me the push to buy natural sanitary pads.

A product that caught my attention last week, thanks to Donna (notjustinside.com), is Diary Doll Period Pants. These are knickers that are "soft, lightweight, breathable and 100% waterproof fabric" to help prevent embarrassing leaks. 

If you have any thoughts on the issues I have raised here and are not too embarrassed to share, then I would love to hear from you.



21 comments:

  1. I've suffered from this sort of thing since I was 15 as well, and definitely agree that it might help to wear natural products, just a shame that they're not readily available somewhere like Boots - but it does make you think about what sort of chemicals and toxins you're putting into your body by wearing normal pads. I'm also just in general having some health issues atm, and I've decided to go see a naturopath to treat the symptoms naturally - will let you know if that's successful! And if you're looking for great tips on healing through diet then www.thewellnesswarrior.com.au is such a great blog. Hope your start to feel a little better soon and thanks for the tips on the raspberry leaf tea and maca powder xx

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    1. Not sure how you have managed all these years, for me it was a sudden onset last Christmas before then I never had an issue. I certainly would be interested to hear about the naturopath. I shall also take a look at the blog, that sounds interesting :)

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  2. I had no idea raspberry leaf tea reduced cramps and helped PMT. The only thing I've found that helps is the pill but it's also the only thing my doc offered me apart from a monthly hormone pill and when I asked which one he would recommend his reply was 'I don't know, I don't have a womb' very helpful...
    xo

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    1. That is pretty bad comment from the GP. Luckily I have a very understanding female GP & who referred me to a female gynecologist so I can't complain there. Taking the Pill is complicated by my Family History and they will only prescribe the Progesterone only. It's also the reason why I object to the IUD as it has the same hormone attached to it. Many of my friends have stopped taking this Pill because of the side effects so I'm not convinced I want to take it.

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  3. I nhave period pains so bad I literally can't sleep, even with prescribed painkillers - I can actually see my muscles cramping up it's horrid. One thing that's helped a lot is taking Evening Primrose every night.

    I've also switched from tampons and pads to using a mooncup - I won't go into it too much here but if you're interested I did a review over on another blog - http://www.sinsinsworld.co.uk/mooncup-review/

    xx

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    1. Thanks for your comment and I know how you feel, my cramps often stop me from sleeping. I took Evening Primrose for many years but stopped taking it a few years back. I've never been a tampon girl for a variety of reasons so the mooncup isn't for me but I know many women like using it.

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  4. I tried to reply under your reply but it won't let me. I'm not happy about being on the pill but my period was only coming once in a blue moon. A few of my friends have had really reactions to it but so far I've been fine. That comment was from the same doc who told me PCOS doesn't affect both ovaries at the same time (after I'd been complaining about the bad pain in both sides) Then after the scan he told me the cysts are on both my ovaries.

    What's IUD, the once monthly hormone tablet?
    xo

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    1. Blogger playing it's tricks again :( IUD is also known as the coil. I've never heard of a once monthly tablet, that has me intrigued.

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  5. I definitely think scented products could be contributing. The one time I accidentally bought scented tampons, I had what was probably the worst cramps of my life. It's definitely a bit of a drag having to order everyday things like this online - we have them in shops here, but they're literally twice the price of ordering online. You might consider iherb, which does free (international) shipping over $40.

    Also, try magnesium - it's been proven to decrease muscle/nerve pain and I know women who use it to manage period pain. You can take it as a supplement or even get it in gel form to apply topically :)

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion of magnesium, I had read about it a few months back but forgot about it. Everyone loves iherb I need to check out that website :)

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  6. I have been fairly lucky with my periods, I used to suffer when I was a teenager but they have sorted themselves out as I got older also now I take the mini pill so don't have periods at all. It sounds tough what your going through and wish I had some advice to help. :/ keep us updated with your progress. I am always here if you want to chat but you know that. :) xx

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  7. Have you tried a Mooncup? I've always had horrendous periods (before I was on the pill I had to have a week off school every month!) so you have my sympathy :(

    Elspeth xx

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    1. You're the second person to suggest it. I forgot to write about it in this post. I know many women like this product. I haven't tried it because I prefers pads.

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  8. I too did not know about Raspberry leaf tea for PMS, so will try that. I think scented product as laughable, well they would be if it wasn't for the fact that they are for an area which needs no added scent, design by man or woman? I have used a combination of csp and menstaul cups now for over 8 years and would not look back. I use a mooncup and a meluna www.feminewear.co.uk have a good selection of cups and csp, deliver and service is fab she is also on facebok and ebay. I wish schools could educate girls about the alternatives howvever this relies on a forward thinking nurse/school. Girls just pushed onto disps without even knowing that there is an alternative.Re the coil there is a non progesterone one not sure if that is worth looking at.
    I was also told that diet affects my PMS, I think if I eat too much bread it is worse, I have cut down on bread intake anyway so the PMS is not so bad well the stomach cramp part anyway. I still have times where I feel like my evil twin )Barbara

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    1. It's very interesting to hear how other women cope. I really don't like the idea of the coil, I don't think I can go there but I may question out of curiosity why my GP/Gynae insists that it's the hormone based one that I should have. I have been researching diet and I am attempting to cut back on sugar as I read that may help. Thanks for the website recommendation I shall have a look.

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    2. Hi,

      Just as a response to the query you raised here, there is a reason why your GP and gynae are recommending the hormonal coil and yes, there is a non-hormonal one but in your situation it really doesn't sound like it would be suitable.

      The traditional, copper coil was traditionally fitted after women had had children because it was easier but it has a huge drawback: it can cause heavy, painful periods. Thus if you suffer from heavy or painful periods, it really isn't suitable.

      I have the other type of coil, the Mirena. I am a bit evangelical about it as my periods were so bad I was having a week off school every month, the cramps would be so bad I'd be sick and I'd get so run down I'd promptly get a migraine. GP put me on the pill and I reacted badly to one and horrifically to a second which was the point my mum put her foot down and suggested I see a gynae. My options were either to go back on the Pill (that is never going to happen after the last time), a Mirena or something called a lateral uterine nerve ablation. They were seriously considering cutting through a couple of nerves. We went for the Mirena as it was the least invasive option under the circumstances.

      Whilst it is hormone based, as the hormone is delivered locally the amount that hits your blood stream is 5% of what you get when you're on the pill. And although it was initially designed as a contraceptive (your next best bet for contraception is sterilisation) it is now licensed as a treatment for painful periods. IT lightens them and stops the cramps. My gynaecologist used to fly to Finland to get them before they were available in this country (yes, I saw her privately!), they are that good.

      I'm now on my third and have never had a single unwanted side effect (technically the light periods are a "side-effect"). Getting it fitted is a bitch but I quite seriously couldn't have coped without mine. I occasionally get period pain but nothing that 1 ibuprofen doesn't deal with (previously I was taking co-codamol and voltarol).

      I know the hormone thing puts people off but it is so much less than what you get if you take the Pill and to be honest, I can cope with the amount of hormone for the relief I get from it. I also find it has helped my PMS.

      I hope that helps someone. I just wish the information had been available to me 15 years ago when I was going through it all.

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    3. Thank you very much for taking time out to explain your personal experience. After writing my comment it dawn on my why one coil is better than the other because the hormones are needed to manipulate the periods. You are one of the few people who sing the praises of the Mirena and I can appreciate why. It does bug me the lack of information out there.

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  9. Interesting. Thanks for sharing. I like the tea by the way! Drinking it right now! :-)

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  10. What a great post. Sorry you're not so keen on the taste of the Maca, I hope you can persevere and see some good results.

    x

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