AFTER TWENTY YEARS, MY PERIODS ARE FINALLY PAIN-FREE: HERE’S HOW I DID I
I have vivid memories of Christmas break '94. I spent ten days of my two week school holiday in bed because of my period. I had heavy bleeding and cramps that were so painful I was popping painkillers every four hours and even so I couldn’t so much as read a book in bed.
I was changing a pad and a tampon every 1-2 hours.
It was horrific.
Then I didn’t have a period for three months. When my periods returned it was pain all over again. When I went to my doctor she prescribed me the pill. From then on my bleeding was more manageable (although still challenging) and certainly more predictable.
Fast forward ten years and I was ready to come off the pill in order to start a family. I was 26 years old and was working as a Wellness Manager at a local hospital. Again, within a short time of coming off the pill my periods had become unbearable. I distinctly recall locking myself in the patient therapy bathroom (where we taught clients to use adaptive toilet equipment as part of their rehab) because it was the closest one to my desk.