Heavy Periods

I've always suffered with my periods but probably the past 20 years have been the worst.  My periods could easily be defined as 'heavy' and I'm sorry to say, many a suit has been thrown in the bin to prove that point.  The NHS define 'heavy' as losing 60ml or more in a cycle. I'm pretty sure I can lose that in a day!  Despite being tested for anaemia (I often feel really light-headed and dizzy during my periods, reaching for something sugary when I'm out), it seems that I am fine.  Not much help when you feel a bit of a wreck during your cycle.

I know a lot of women do suffer this and it seems often there is little that can be done.

Having found that tampons were no longer worth using, I moved to sanitary towels. These are not a girls best friend that's for sure!  They are bulky and stop you doing a number of activities, such as swimming.  Mind you, I've avoided swimming during my periods for years now for obvious reasons.  

However, if you, like me, are struggling during your periods, it seems there is nothing much available to you.  I tried having a coil fitted (see my post on the Merina coil and the issues I had here).  The trouble with it was that it took around a year for my periods to settle down (I never stopped having them, but they did get much lighter and more manageable) but unfortunately, the coil only worked for 3 years before causing me even more problems - migraines included.  I had it removed and couldn't face having another one, so I was back to the initial problem.

Recently I've found that nighttime sanitary towels are just not absorbent enough for me so I've switched to - please don't laugh here - Tena Lady!  I know right?  But listen up.  The 'big' ones of these are, well, pretty big and super absorbent.  Clearly they are meant for people who are suffering quite severe incontinence and they do the job tremendously.  Why can't regular sanitary manufacturers take heed here?  Yeah, so it's a bit embarrassing being in your local Sainsburys or Waitrose with super-sized Tena in your basket, but if it makes me feel better about dealing with my periods, what the heck!  I've not lost a suit or work dress since!

It's a shame that so little can be done.  Unless you have a 'medical condition' that causes heavy periods (which I don't), there really only seems to be a contraceptive option.  Not ideal when you're turned 50 either.  


  1. Thank you for having the courage to post this. I've also suffered heavy periods for years and feel your pain over losing nice clothes. I'd never considered Tena. I may have to give them a try if I can get over the embarrassment of the checkout! ;)

  2. Wow! I often felt I was the only one dealing with this. It's not something you really chat about much is it. So glad to read this post. I've had to have a special sheet on the bed for my time of the month and rarely sleep well as I'm so worried all the time about 'coming through'. May look into Tena as I've found even the bulky night-time towels are rubbish. Like you, tampons don't stand a chance with me! Great post.

  3. Thank you for sharing this. I'm a fellow sufferer. It's good to know we're not alone.


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