to think that Always infinity is the worst pad I've tried in my life?

(117 Posts)
MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Fri 07-Feb-14 01:31:03

And I'm the perfect person to test it out. I've suffered from heavy periods for about four years. Had all sorts of tests done. Tried the Mirena IUD and didn't get on with it as exogenous hormones don't seem to suit me. I'm now on the copper coil for contraception due to my reaction to hormones and am fully aware that this comes with the side effect of even heavier periods. I take tranexamic acid and 800mg ibuprofen three times a day just to have periods most women would think were normal/kind of heavy.

I saw the advert for Always infinity and even though I did a double-take at the price, I bought the night time pads at a ridiculous price for 8 pads to use during the day. I thought if it did what it promised, I don't mind paying the price.

Oh my goodness, these are even worse than the budget pads you can buy for a pound! I had the worst night's sleep last night where I was so tired I didn't want to get out of bed, but I had flooded and needed to get up and put a decent pad on. And I had done my usual trick of stuffing toilet tissue in my knickers as extra protection.

Am I alone in thinking this product is shite and a complete con?

ImSoHappyCauseToday Fri 07-Feb-14 01:35:03

It's always.

I thought the rule was remember never always?

I accidentally bought the scented variety. It even said, fresh new unscented something, or words like that that made me buy them. But smells like grandma's closet, lavender & mothballs

Which I don't want my vagine to smell like.

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Fri 07-Feb-14 01:39:10

Forget about the smell for a minute! I don't care if it smells like day-old garbage if it, you know, actually soaks up blood!

ImSoHappyCauseToday Fri 07-Feb-14 01:40:06

In which case, I have 2 unused packs up for grabs. Collection only. Follow the scent of lavender.

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Fri 07-Feb-14 01:43:23

Use them to take your make up off, or something! grin

CrohnicallyTingling Fri 07-Feb-14 06:54:19

I've never tried it, but I came on to suggest trying the mooncup. It holds way more an even the biggest absorbency tampon or pad. And it doesn't feel as icky as you think to empty, wash and replace it.

whatiswrongwithyou Fri 07-Feb-14 07:02:58

Totally shite. I couldn't even get it to stick to my pants - it kept falling out!

OhMerGerd Fri 07-Feb-14 07:09:30

Doesn't the 800mg ibuprofen make you bleed more? Anyway I am of the floodgates opening, 30 mins till soaked through, emergency blood transfusions ( really, no joke) menstrual persuasion too. My best method to get through a meeting with only one pit stop for a change is ... one Lillets super super plus tampon and 2 x Kotex nighttime pads overlapped to create extra length. Forget anything with wings ( encourages the flow down the legs ) and anything scented as you spend the day smelling like the waft of an overflowing San pro bin in a public toilet. Never Always .

meditrina Fri 07-Feb-14 07:17:02

I stopped using Always when they added the scent (bought some scented by accident, hated the smell and they made me mildly itchy too).

Infinity - a brand name already in use by BT, and with much better ads for them - are a minor change to a product wrapped up in a lot of 'sciencey' stuff. The difference on absorption, when expressed as a percentage, can look vast, when it's probably only a few mls.

SuburbanRhonda Fri 07-Feb-14 07:30:53

OPS, have you tried Cerazette?

It's a progesterone-only pill, absolutely changed my life. I was of the "teacups attached to the ankles" school of menstruation, was on Tranexamic acid for two years, then GP suggested Cerazette and I've not even had a period since.

I know it doesn't work for everyone - I've met two women for whom it made no difference whatsoever. But do give it a try smile

waceystills Fri 07-Feb-14 07:35:23

I have very heavy painful periods too OP.

Would you consider a mooncup? It has transformed my monthly nightmare so so much.

It's much cleaner and easier that you would imagine. It helps with the pain too, much easier periods and no more days off work smile

NormHonal Fri 07-Feb-14 07:40:43

Oh arse, really?

I've got 3 packs arriving in my shopping delivery today, the normal cheaper ones <insert conspiracy theory> were out of stock.

LittleBabyPigsus Fri 07-Feb-14 07:42:34

Not the OP but unfortunately not everyone with a vagina can use a mooncup - I can't, and can't use tampons comfortably either. So pads it is.

I tried an infinity pad (a pack of regular Always came with two free samples in Wilkos) and while they were comfy, they really aren't worth the exorbitant price. My preferred pads are Bodyform, or Always Cotton Soft when I can find them (usually in pound shops as they're imported). Really soft and comfy, but my periods are normal-to-light so may not be much use for you.

todaysdateis Fri 07-Feb-14 07:43:23

For really heavy periods try the lilets ultra tampon - orange box. You might need to hunt around for them - my tescos has them but boots doesn't. Changed my life I now can go an hour and a hour between changes and that's wearing a night time pad as well I also use body form nighttime pads during the day to contain the flood

Also overnight try the tena lady nighttime pad - it holds a lot more and means I can get about 4 hours sleep before changing.

WooWooOwl Fri 07-Feb-14 08:06:00

I bought a pack of them this week as they were on special offer, and I thought they were amazing!

I only use them as extra protection in the first couple of very heavy days when I still use tampons, but I've found them much better than the various others I've tried, and way more comfortable.

Are you sure that putting extra toilet paper in doesn't make them unable to work properly?

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Fri 07-Feb-14 08:44:56

I did use a mooncup when I first got the coil fitted, and you're right, it was great, but then the coil managed to work it's way out. The gynaecologist said it shouldn't have anything to do with the mooncup, but I'm scared now. Its probably more to do with the extremely painful cramps I had that month.

Unfortunately I can't use tampons either. I tried them when I was a teenager and got toxic shock syndrome. I sound like one of these people who dismiss every reasonable suggestion somebody gives! confused

ohmergerd You must be thinking of the side effect of drugs like ibuprofen that can cause ulcers and GI bleeding. Ibuprofen reduces menstrual bleeding through an effect on prostaglandin production in the uterine lining. 800mg is a very high dosage, though, and I'm thinking I need to probably get rid of this coil soon because the thought of taking it over a prolonged period worries me. Also, how do you overlap a pad?

woowoo I did try it without the toilet tissue. Within 15 minutes I had to add toilet tissue as I was just so uncomfortable.

suburban I think I might give Cerazette a try. I must have no iron left in my body now. confused

ihatethecold Fri 07-Feb-14 09:21:53

I was put on cerazette about 18 months ago.
I love it, I haven't had a period since and my pmt has vanished.

Melonbreath Fri 07-Feb-14 09:29:05

I was on cerazette. My hormones turn me into the devil itself and i am too a human floodgate. For some weird reason tampons and moon cup made my crippling cramps worse.
I was on it for a year and it did stop periods but turned me into a fat, bloated tearful hysterical homicidal maniac with thin hair and terrible spots. I basically had permanent pms and then some.

LittleBabyPigsus Fri 07-Feb-14 09:55:18

MyChild I am a fellow no-internal-sanpro weirdo grin

You can overlap pads by using the biggest winged pads you can get (the Lil-lets ones with the wider bottom are good) and put a non-winged maxi pad on top, parallel to the bottom pad if that makes sense? You can use the cheapy maxi pads too.

drinkyourmilk Fri 07-Feb-14 10:01:08

I'm really heavy too. Double up on protection so I can go an hour without changing. I loved the infinity pads! However ill never use them again as they are so damn expensive!

schnockles Fri 07-Feb-14 10:08:49

Mine are very heavy too, but only at night (thank goodness). I use the Sainsbury's own brand maternity pads! grin (used to love the Mooncup, now waiting for my fanjo to go back to normal with copious pelvic floor exercises after DS!)

And yes the new Infinity thingies are rubbish. Was given a free sample and wished I hadn't bothered.

mrsjay Fri 07-Feb-14 10:11:28

i got 2 free with a packet of always I am not sure why i bought always ANYway got they are rubbish they dont mould to your shape they end up ont he other side of your pants blush maybe that was just me and i leaked everywhere and they had a weird feel about them I did try the 2 of them just to see I hated them

Tuhlulah Fri 07-Feb-14 10:15:59

Mychild, I have had periods so heavy I couldn't leave the house, so I know exactly what you mean! I have gone to bed wearing a pad made out of one of DC's nappies. (Please don't think I am a nappy troll).
The night time pads are so poorly thought out- 7 foot long and loads of leakage at the sides.
I am peri- menopausal now, so all the suggestions on here are too late for me. But do get a blood test to check out your ferretin levels to monitor anaemia.

CumberCookie Fri 07-Feb-14 10:16:03

am I the only person who thought they were great?

Kveta Fri 07-Feb-14 10:16:09

I've been on cerazette for 4 months, and alternate between light bleeding and clotty flooding, which is fun. Anyway, best towels I have found are the sainsburys own brand ones - way better than always, and way way way better than aldi or tesco own brand ones. the purple and blue packs are the best ones. (and no, I am not trying a mooncup, I have issues with putting anything inside me (rape survivor), so towels it will have to be)

LittleBabyPigsus Fri 07-Feb-14 10:21:51

Kveta yes, I get along well with Sainsbo own-brand. They're not as soft as Bodyform but cheaper which means they often win grin

Sorry about your experiences.

Tuhlulah yep to night pads never being wide enough. The new night time lil-lets ones are good because they are wider at the bottom, but why no other night pad has this I don't know.

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Fri 07-Feb-14 11:08:56

Aahh, thanks for the explanation of doubling up on pads...I was confused because I didn't get how it would work with the plastic backing, but I suppose the bottom pad is wider so the blood's not going through the first pad, but around it.

Hmm, mixed reviews about Cerazette...knowing my luck I'd get the side effects, but I don't think I can carry on with this coil. I think I've exhausted the alternatives, so what's next apart from abstinence? confused

A consultant mentioned a procedure that thins the lining of your womb. But then explained it would mean I would be highly unlikely to carry another baby. God, how many more years of this?!

Will have a look at the Sainsbos ones as they've had a mention a few times on this thread.

Tululah grin at nappy troll...I didn't even know that was a thing! Only on MN, eh? And thanks for the suggestion of getting iron levels checked out.

today Why do I feel weird at the thought of using Tena lady? I suppose desperate times call for desperate measures.

LadyMaryLikesCake Fri 07-Feb-14 11:18:01

The lillets night time pads are good but not a lot is going to stop Niagra once it starts flowing. They give patients incontinence pads on the Gynae ward, you could try this.

I've been taking cerazette for a few months. I was a lot a bit of a short tempered miserable bugger over Christmas but it's eased off now (may have been work ishues and stuff). It has reduced the flow a great deal so may be worth a try?

I didn't think the infinity pads lived up to the hype but they are comfy, and expensive!

mrsjay Fri 07-Feb-14 11:23:19

oh I never can spell this BUT Melafenic acid is great for reducing flow not sure about your contraception though but I had M A as a teenager young adult then again in my mid 30s I still take them now and again,

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Fri 07-Feb-14 11:28:47

I don't know why so many people are mentioning how comfy these Infinity pads are...I've never found a pad comfortable or uncomfortable confused.

mrsjay Sadly, I have tried M A too. Gave me really bad stomach pains. I'm starting to annoy myself.

LadyMaryLikesCake Fri 07-Feb-14 11:29:45

It's more comfy than the rest. wink

mrsjay Fri 07-Feb-14 11:32:19

mrsjay Sadly, I have tried M A too. Gave me really bad stomach pains

OH ok dd1 didnt get on with it either said it made her feel sick I have no bother with it, what about an implant ?

My DD, has to take M Acid, she has had to have a coil fitted at 17, because of PCOS. It is the only thing that has lessoned the pain. She finds that Always 8 hour pads doubled up work for her, her bleeds are horrendous.

I have similar now that I am going through the Peri Menopause and used Always, doubled up, until someone suggested Tenna type pads for overnight, I still use Always of a day, but tenna overnight. I still need to change during the night, but they don't leak.

I find that the Tenna light pads are better than liners, as well.

Not everyone can use internal Sanpro.

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Fri 07-Feb-14 11:46:37

what about an implant ?

I'm veering towards the Cerazette idea if it can actually reduce bleeding as well.

To the Cerazette users, have any of you noticed an effect on your libido?

poorbuthappy Fri 07-Feb-14 11:47:25

I like Always because they never leak and I do find them comfy.
BUT they now make me itch so I am looking for an alternative pad.

Any suggestions?

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Fri 07-Feb-14 11:49:18

If anyone mentions 'comfy' again I want them banished from this thread! grin

LadyMaryLikesCake Fri 07-Feb-14 11:51:19

I'm a single mum so don't know about that, MyChildDoesntNeedSleep. I do have a lot more energy though (could possibly be down to the fact that I was severely anaemic before due to Aunty Flo but I'm bleeding less).

Comfy <scarpers>

BreconBeBuggered Fri 07-Feb-14 11:58:05

I find own brand incontinence pads are fine, and I feel less squeamish about buying those than ones with Tena all over the packet. They're a decent bit wider than even the biggest sanitary towels, plus they curve slightly upwards, meaning less risk of leakage down the sides. You'd never get two in your pants for doubling up, mind.

Those Infinity pads look horrible to me, anyway. I don't want them to mould to my body shape like they show in the advert. They look as though they'd be pinching at your labia the second you got up.

Cocolepew Fri 07-Feb-14 12:11:07

My 12 year old DD like them grin. Its because they arent too wide for her, shes very skinny. She uses the long ones because she can have a heavy flow.

DD1 still uses Always long ordinary ones, they aren't pefumed, I checked after reading about the smelly ones on here. She uses MA for heavy periods.

wakemeupnow Fri 07-Feb-14 12:14:33

I have been known to put a baby's nappy in my knickers at night when bleeding heavily , just for the comfort of knowing I wont have to wash the sheets in the morning blush

magentastardust Fri 07-Feb-14 12:21:50

I would have said the same about the Ibroprofen too, It has been a while but used to work in a chemist and remember the pharmacist recommending Ibroprofen for my period pain as it would break down/thin the clots and reduce cramping.

I am sure you have tried pretty much everything but what about the Always night time ones-blue pack? I found them quite good when extremely heavy and they were wider and longer.

AuditAngel Fri 07-Feb-14 12:36:05

Ladies, I salute you for having to deal with this, I'm blessed that Mirena suits me and now I occasionally have to use a panty liner on certain days, but these are few and far between.

Poor, have you tried the Always silk? when I was pregnant with DD1 then again with DD2 I had unstable placenta praevia and kept bleeding. I found the cover on the always towels got irritating, but the silk ones were fine.

AuditAngel Fri 07-Feb-14 12:36:44
Slippydippysoap Fri 07-Feb-14 12:46:37

Natracare (or something like that) from all good lentil shops are amazing. Super soft, no plasticky rustling and absorbent enough to manage right after I have birth.

And although it might sound mental, I swear my periods are lighter when I use them.

Slippydippysoap Fri 07-Feb-14 12:47:04

*gave not have!

poorbuthappy Fri 07-Feb-14 13:03:08

Audit, will have a look at them ta.

Shelbury Fri 07-Feb-14 13:05:10

Now Always are perfumed I just cannot have them anywhere near me - like other posters they make me itch intensely. I've used lilets towels and Boots own this month and both have been great, although Natracare are my first choice when our Waitrose has them in stock...

LadyMaryLikesCake Fri 07-Feb-14 13:25:54

Abel and cole sell those, slippy. They are not bad but I found the backing came away a little when I tried to change them. I'm looking for a good lentil shop here as I don't always remember to order them (and the Waitrose here is tiny). They used to sell them in Boots, I can't see them now.

I've no idea why anyone would want to put something highly bleached and scented near their fanjo. I can't use a mooncup so there isn't a lot of choice.

Eatriskier Fri 07-Feb-14 13:47:30

Pre Mirena I had similar periods, but now I can get by with a super plus or moon cup and a towel, most nights at least. Tried the infinity pads, I liked them but not enough to warrant the price. If they cost the same as regular price I may switch. I'm using Aldi's at the moment though, and they're brilliant.

wakemeup why did I never think of that??!!?!??!

AfricanExport Fri 07-Feb-14 13:57:47

I like them. They are so comfortable and you don't even feel like you're wearing anything.

Definitely an improvement in my books.

IWillOnlyEatBeans Fri 07-Feb-14 14:17:37

Cerazette totally killed my libido!

Petitgrain Fri 07-Feb-14 14:19:26

I tried the always Infinity, had thrush within 15 minutes.

LadyMaryLikesCake Fri 07-Feb-14 14:23:11

I bought some own brand ones from Superdrug and developed cystitis within a day of using them. Do you think that was connected?

Sorry for the hijack, I'm curious after reading Petitgrain's post blush

Petitgrain Fri 07-Feb-14 14:35:26

Wierd you should say that Lady, I've had cystitis really badly for over two months now, and thinking about it, it did start around the same time as I tried the Infinity! Bloody hell, MN is right as usual. Never Always.

LadyMaryLikesCake Fri 07-Feb-14 14:39:43

Hmm, weird!

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Fri 07-Feb-14 15:03:04

Hijack away, this started as a rant against Always Infinity and I've had some brilliant advice. Really pleased, thanks everybody. smile

LadyMaryLikesCake Fri 07-Feb-14 15:05:23


I hope you find something to help, it's no fun waking at 3am with blood all over the bed.

tolittletoolate Fri 07-Feb-14 15:18:30

Cerazette made me bleed constantly, the mirena coil made me bleed constantly too. In fact everything I've tried makes me bleed all the time apart from the pill I'm on now which is called Micronor.

I get really heavy periods with lots of clots, I use Asda protect incontinence pads during the day and one of my dd's nappies for night time. I'm not even ashamed to tell anyone. Asda own brand size 6 last all night without leaking and I've woken myself up in the night before because I can feel it coming out of me sad
I use tampax super plus too but they only seem to last an hour and then fall out when I go to the toilet!

poorbuthappy Fri 07-Feb-14 15:25:42

I also like wings cos I know the pad isn't going anywhere!!

I thought they were quite good, myself. My periods aren't that heavy though so I don't know if that's a factor.

They aren't as itchy as normal pads, I find, it almost feels like I'm not wearing one at all which is nice.
Bloody expensive for what they are though.

Kveta Fri 07-Feb-14 15:41:58

it REALLY annoys me that we have to put up with this shit actually. I have had a pretty much permanent period since July, and all the GP said was 'it's normal, try this minipill' and of course I've bled constantly on that too. It is making me weak and tired, and has ruined any semblance of a sex life DH and I had, and leaves me constantly uncertain and worried as never sure how heavy the bleeding will be that day/night.

I finally found a GP who is investigating further, but it has taken me months to convince someone to try and find out what's wrong with me.

And it sounds like I'm not alone, and there are more of us who have to put up with either constant or heavy or both bleeding, and instead of finding out WHY we just sort out which sodding sanitary protection is best for us and trade tips on that! It's outrageous!

tolittletoolate Fri 07-Feb-14 15:53:11

I'm really anemic and on iron tablets because of my heavy periods sad

You're right Kveta it is bad we have to put up with this. I literally can't leave the house on the first couple of days of my period. Just as well I don't work or I would be off sick every month!

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Fri 07-Feb-14 15:53:40

Hi Kveta I've just been silently accepting this as my fate, but this thread has made me realise just how shit it is and makes me sad that I might have to put up with this for another fifteen years or whatever.

To be fair to my GPs I've had blood tests and scans to find out why my bleeding is so heavy, and also been referred to a specialist but everything comes back blank. It's outrageous you've had to wait so long.

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Fri 07-Feb-14 15:54:32

tolittle have you had investigations? What do you take for it?

PeterAndresSprayTanner Fri 07-Feb-14 16:01:10

Hate hate hate the Infinity pads. I have an almost untouched packet still in the bathroom, having abandoned them after using two. Absolutely awful - uncomfortable and pretty bad protection I thought - the Asda value towels do better at a fraction of the price!

I only use towels at night, for the first couple of days which are heavy, in conjuction with my Mooncup.

tolittletoolate Fri 07-Feb-14 16:02:33

I have fibroids and a few cysts on my ovaries but my doctor wasn't that bothered about it.
Funnily enough I don't get very painful periods, although I'm on a lot of painkillers for something else so I assumed they helped for that too.

ShatnersBassoon Fri 07-Feb-14 16:06:38

I think they're very good. I get horribly heavy, keep me in the house periods, and the Infinity pads really do manage to quickly absorb the floods and hold onto them until I can change. They're my monthly treat to myself now hmm

IneedAsockamnesty Fri 07-Feb-14 16:20:41

These are fantastic as are the HYF and angelpadz ones available from the same site.

I have a selection of most of the brands and all deat well with 'cant stand up without passing out level blood loss'

But no your not ur always pads are all IMO nasty itch inducing objects that should be banished from my world.

SuburbanRhonda Fri 07-Feb-14 17:03:53

OMG, iwillonlyeatbeans, I've just realised that maybe this has happened to me too. I don't want sex, don't miss having sex, don't even think about sex, but I thought it was my age.

But no way am I going back to the horror that was my pre-Cerazette life!

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Fri 07-Feb-14 17:10:07

No sex or period hell....what a choice! sad

goodasitgets Fri 07-Feb-14 17:54:42

Tranexamic acid for me, a L meluna cup and iron tablets!
Damn copper coil. Cerazette killed my libido totally

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Fri 07-Feb-14 18:00:40

Is it the coil giving you the heavy periods, goodasitgets?

LadyMaryLikesCake Fri 07-Feb-14 18:11:55


Have you all been to see your GP and asked for a gynae referral for your periods? There's numerous things that can cause this, fibroids is just one. You have to be pro-active about this, you shouldn't have to live this way!

I suspect that it's hormonal, an excess in oestrogen, maybe.

LadyMaryLikesCake Fri 07-Feb-14 18:17:46


You MUST go back to your GP and get a gynae referral for your fibroids. They leave them, but they know that they will continue to grow. They will grow and bleed, causing you anaemia. The treatment of choice for large fibroids is a hysterectomy. There's new medication (Esmya) that can help to slow the bleeding and stops the bastards from growing but you can only get this from a referral. There's also a procedure where they can cut off the blood supply to the fibroids, so they 'die' and shrink. Like the medication, you have to get a referral for this, so badger your GP.

DON'T LET YOUR GP FOB YOU OFF AND DO NOTHING! Before you know it they will be huge. It's OK if you want a hysterectomy, this is the first thing they will suggest, and it's vital that you know what the other options are. This isn't something that you should leave.

tolittletoolate Fri 07-Feb-14 18:24:53

thank you, I will go back to the doctor and say I need it sorted out. She obviously knows I'm anaemic because of it so why not get to the route of the problem!
Actually I wouldn't mind a hysterectomy I'm 43 and certainly don't want any more children.

intheround Fri 07-Feb-14 18:43:02

Someone upthread recommended a Mooncup- I filled mine 3 times in the space of 2 hours during a flood yesterday sad

LadyMaryLikesCake Fri 07-Feb-14 18:51:49

Having a hysterectomy does solve the problem but it creates others. There's the infection risk and the high chance of a prolapse, which really isn't nice. My old GP did say that fibroids stop growing after the menopause, I think this is because they are 'fed' by hormones and the levels change a great deal during and after the menopause.

There's a menstral disorder clinic here so you should ask if there's something similar where you are. The depot injection should stop your period for a while to give your iron levels the chance to pick up, it will make you feel so much better. If you want to see someone about embolising them (cutting off the blood supply) they will refer you to an interventional radiologist who will discuss things with you. If you don't, there's other options, such as a myomectomy (where they operate to remove the fibroids but leave the uterus.) It does mean they will grow back though so it's not a permanent fix.

If you leave them, they will grow. sad

LadyMaryLikesCake Fri 07-Feb-14 18:56:06

sad GO AND SEE YOUR GP, intheround. Get a referral. It's not normal to bleed like this.

My GP was crap, until I had a flood in the waiting room. Poor bloke panicked and called 999 grin I'd lost half of the blood in my body in 12 hours though so I was grateful that he panicked. It also meant that I had a referral to the Gynae people so I could get it sorted.

There's medication that you can ask your GP for which stops your periods, so will give you the chance to get yourself well again. It's called northisterone. It's not a cure but it will help. The depot injection also stops them, it's one jab a month as opposed to a pill a day.

itsbetterthanabox Fri 07-Feb-14 19:03:17

I'm very heavy and I thought they looked awful. My periods are south easier since using a menstrual cup. It holds so much more than the highest absorbency tampons. I use pads too, I like bodyform but I want some cloth, reusable pads because they are very absorbent and much cheaper!

ThenAgain Fri 07-Feb-14 19:14:07

For nighttime children's Drynites Bed Pads are good. Stop you worrying you're soaking the mattress, but rustley though!

JohnnyUtah Fri 07-Feb-14 19:25:46

Oohhhhh THAT'S why I get an itchy fanjo while I am on my period!

<bins Always night time pads>

Thanks guys!

kelper Fri 07-Feb-14 20:19:18

Pre ds I had a moon cup, but emptying at work caused ishues :-/ I've had an implant for nearly three years, but that's coming out on Monday due to horrid depression (on antids) mood swings, and 3stone weight gain in 18 months whilst not changing my diet or exercise.
My mum had fibroids, so I wonder if I have them too, don't know if they're hereditary. Part of me is looking forward to having no synthetic hormones in my system so I can see if the antids are working properly, but part of me is terrified I'm going to go back to using 6+ super plus tampons a day.......

DH bought me scented ones this afternoon hmm I've been sat here very uncomfy since putting one on confused

Periods very heavy since coming off pill, but not to the extent of some of you - sounds really shit sad wine brew thanks

SavingMyselfForLukePerry Fri 07-Feb-14 21:21:06

Cloth sanitary protection, topped with fleece or minky. Once you get over the 'ewww' factor, you'll never go back.

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Fri 07-Feb-14 21:21:29

This is how heavy my fucking period coil has just fallen out FFS! angry.

Well looks like Cerazette it is, then! hmm

deakymom Fri 07-Feb-14 21:26:25

have you tried the reusable sanitary pads? you could wrap one over a regular pad double up your protection and they are softer (just dont wash them with fabric softner as they dont absorb a thing!)

goodasitgets Fri 07-Feb-14 22:29:27

Yes it's my coil that's making them heavy. They last 8 - 10 days too (not all heavy days, it just drags on)

LittleBabyPigsus Sat 08-Feb-14 03:04:13

I actually find a lot of pads really uncomfortable, Always night time maxi pads are particularly bad - really scratchy! Maybe I have a bizarrely sensitive fanjo? confused So yes, a pad being soft is a good thing.

To the PP who wanted comfy pad suggestions, I love Bodyform. Super soft. Always Cotton Soft is sometimes available in pound shops (orange wrapper). I found Always Silk came away from the backing a bit and got stuck in the fanjo, nice. Sainsbo's own brand is not too bad. Haven't tried Natracare and am interested.

There is always the option of reusable pads (like reusable nappies) but not quite brave enough to hang them out on the washing line!

Re fibroids, my mum had a hysterectomy last year due to her large fibroids and has never felt better. Her heavy periods gave her awful anaemia and she feels so much healthier now.

LittleBabyPigsus Sat 08-Feb-14 03:07:02

Also, I kind of have the opposite problem with periods - mine are quite normal in terms of volume but (sorry tmi) very runny/watery. Barely any clots, the ones I do get are small. Would I be better off with incontinence pads? I find that because the period is so watery and not gloopy like normal period blood (sorry!), it soaks pads much more quickly.

bolak Sat 08-Feb-14 03:10:34

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I also had a hysterectomy because of fibroids/stupidly heavy periods. For me it's been brilliant,it has totally improved my quality of life, which was shit with constant bleeding, tena lady, anemia, no sex etc.

Sad and angry reading this thread, reminds me of the bad old days. I think it's awful that women are expected to just put up with constant heavy bleeding.

Long term anaemia can have serious heath repercussions, I didn't realise how ill I felt every day until I was back to normal, the breathlessness, bad temper, exhaustion, dry skin, cracked heels, split nails etc. All gone!

EBearhug Sat 08-Feb-14 03:45:42

I think it's awful that women are expected to just put up with constant heavy bleeding.

So do I, and fortunately, so does my lovely GP. I wish I could send you all to her, as she'd keep investigating.

prettymess Sat 08-Feb-14 04:17:29

When I got a trial one at work and information about it, it actually said on the leaflet that the Infinity pads were "like memory foam". Like that's going to help me sell them...!

MrsAMerrick Sat 08-Feb-14 04:21:51

stairs I think it's rubbish too that GPs don't take heavy periods seriously. My GP fobbed me off for years, and tried things which turned out to be totally unsuitable, eg insisted on me having a Mirena coil which made things worse not better, then wouldn't take it out because I hadn't given it long enough (it finally got removed 2.5 years after insertion, and things improved a bit).

I eventually got a referral to a gynae, and was diagnosed with fibroids. I'm having them removed next month. Hoping that will reduce Niagara Falls to a normal flow. If not then I've been told I can have a hysterectomy.

I am so totally fed up with bleeding to the extent I am, always having to worry about leaking, changing clothes etc, Work meetings are a nightmare as I usually have to do pad and tampon change every 30 minutes. I now sort it so that my period starts on a Friday evening which gives me the weekend to get over the worst two days.

Why is it that older and wiser friends give you the lowdown about childbirth etc but no one telks you how shit menstruation gets once you're in your 40s???

Eatriskier Sat 08-Feb-14 05:39:26

mychild that happened with my first mirena too. I told my gp I would try again but if it didn't work then I want the whole lot removed. I can't leave my house and I can't have them just getting worse and worse.

Euphemia Sat 08-Feb-14 07:59:51

I recommend Lilets Super Plus Extra. Yes I know that sounds like 1984 Newspeak!

I get really heavy periods three days in a row, then three normal days. I'm a teacher so I need something that lasts two to three hours. These tampons have changed my life!

I order them online, but I recently found them in Waitrose.

winklewoman Sat 08-Feb-14 08:24:03

When you consider the huge cost of all these items, particularly when you have to double up with tampons plus pads, it really is annoying that they are subject to VAT, when, apparently, men's shaving items are not.

MrsAMerrick Sat 08-Feb-14 08:45:25

Do you mean the ones in orange boxes, euphemia? I discovered them thanks to someone on MN and found that they are available in Boots, but not in my local supermarket. They are really good but sadly on day 1 and 2 need to be changed at least every hour and quite often every 30 minutes.

I can't imagine trying to teach whilst having to go to the loo every 30 -60 minutes! I arrange it so that my period starts on a Friday afternoon / evening, otherwise I might seriously have to think about taking a day off work for the first day. Next month, for various complicated reasons, I am going to have to start my period on a Thursday and am already blocking the Friday out as a "work from home, no meetings" day as that seems the only way forward! Obviously that's not an option for people who work in jobs such as teaching!

Euphemia Sat 08-Feb-14 09:32:00

No it's a purple box.

Euphemia Sat 08-Feb-14 09:33:20

Link here.

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Sat 08-Feb-14 09:47:38

When you consider the huge cost of all these items, particularly when you have to double up with tampons plus pads, it really is annoying that they are subject to VAT, when, apparently, men's shaving items are not.

This annoys me too. Does VAT mean that something is classed as a luxury product?hmm Just checked the HMRC website and 'sanitary hygiene' product are subject to a reduced rate of VAT, but its VAT nevetheless.

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Sat 08-Feb-14 09:48:22

Merrick How do you arrange your period to start on different days?

MrsAMerrick Sat 08-Feb-14 10:06:08

euphemia the most absorbent ones are the Lillets super plus ultra, (orange box) one step up from the super plus extra (purple box). The super plus extra aren't good enough for me on the first couple of days.

my child I adjust it by taking tablets. Before my periods became Niagara Falls like, I just used to do it occasionally, and buy them if I was going on holiday or to a big event and I thought my period might arrive whilst I was away. My periods have always been quite heavy and I have an irregular cycle so it was very unpredictable.

Since they have become almost unmanageable, my GP gave me a prescription and it has been really useful to know in advance that my period is regulated so I can plan accordingly. When I started to flood during my period, I would know a tidal wave was coming but not exactly when! I was quite anti the idea of taking drugs to manage it but agreed to try, and am really glad I did. I just feel more in control, and it is such a relief knowing that I will have the worst bleeding whilst I am at home over a weekend rather than at work, torn between leaving a meeting for the 3rd time in an hour or staying put and risking leaking over office chairs...

Such great fun being a woman in your 40s....

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Sat 08-Feb-14 10:21:41

Which tablets are they? Is it a combined contracteptive or just a progestogen?

Such great fun being a woman in your 40s....
Please don't tell me it's going to get worse...I might as well shoot myself now! shock

MrsAMerrick Sat 08-Feb-14 10:44:06

mychild I cant rememberv the name of the tabket I used to buy if I just wanted to delay my period a few days, but the tablets I take now are progesterone only, theye are called norethisterone and I take them for days 5-26 of cycle, then break for 7 days. I have adjusted it so that I stop taking them midweek and period arrives on a Friday evening.

As I said, I wouldn't have chosen to take hormone tablets if there was any other option, but unfortunately everything else I've tried has failed miserably.

LadyMaryLikesCake Sat 08-Feb-14 10:48:17

Sounds like Northisterone?

Honestly, go and see your GP and ask for some medication and a referral so they can find out why you're bleeding so heavily. You shouldn't have to live in fear of your period. I think people react differently to cerazette so you won't know until you try. If it doesn't work for you, you can try something else.

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Sat 08-Feb-14 10:49:46

I know what you mean about hormones. I've tried loads of pills and none suited me. The Mirena just made me spot constantly. So annoying having to wear a pad EVERY SINGLE DAY. This is why I went for the copper coil as even though I knew it could give me even heavier periods I thought it would be better than weight gain, acne, headaches and other lovely symptoms I've got from the pills I've tried.

Well, I'm going to have to keep trying now this coil has expelled itself hmm. I'm going to ask the Dr for Cerazette.

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Sat 08-Feb-14 10:52:38

XP lady. Yes I will do, thanks. I'm just going to have to keep trying. How weird though that on a day I spent thinking about periods and coils and trying something new, the bloody thing fell out! confused

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Sat 08-Feb-14 10:53:14

Sorry, pardon the unintentional pun grin

LadyMaryLikesCake Sat 08-Feb-14 11:07:38

I trained as a radiographer for a while, I've seen them end up in all sorts of places, which is why I'd never have one.

At the GP ask for the pills. Ask for an ultrasound and a referral to the menstral disorder clinic and ask for a full blood count. You can ask for some Northisterone to stop your period for a while to give you the chance to 'recover' (IYKWIM).

I did some research into diet and how it affected periods and I couldn't spot anything useful, other than to eat organic when possible and to reduce carbs. Things I read suggested a diet high in beans/lentils/pulses/veg/fruit and fish. Lots of water and exercise is supposed to help. From what I've read on other threads on here the low carb diet is worth a try.

Kveta Sat 08-Feb-14 11:11:40

I have been offered northisterone, but am still breastfeeding so can't use it without my milk supply being affected - just FYI if anyone else is still bfing!

JupiterGentlefly Sat 08-Feb-14 13:41:31

Sorry if this has already been suggested. . The maternity pads they gave me at the hospital had no adhesive backing and are ideal for doubling up. I think you can get them online

Euphemia Sat 08-Feb-14 14:50:53

Orange box? Where the heck do you get them?!

MrsAMerrick Sat 08-Feb-14 15:08:48

euphemia I can buy mine in the City Centre Boots, or order from them online:
They are the next size up from the super plus extra (purple) and I find them much more absorbent although am waiting for them to introduce industrial size ones which might help! They only started doing them last year and it was a MNer who suggested them in another thread or I would never have come across them as I buy all my sanpro in my local supermarket, who don't stock them.

LittleBabyPigsus Sun 09-Feb-14 18:09:38

My mum had her hysterectomy at 42 btw, if you have severe fibroids then you can get a hysterectomy at least that early.

LadyMaryLikesCake Sun 09-Feb-14 18:38:32

I was offered one at 35, LittleBaby. I had 2 fibroids that were 6cm, nothing else confused I politely refused and asked about the alternatives but it makes you wonder about the amount of women who go ahead with this because they are not aware of all of the other options and they believe that this is the only thing to be done sad

Onsera3 Sun 09-Feb-14 19:44:07

Haven't tried them myself but sound awful.

Cerazette killed my libido but helped with cramps (phantom cramps as I don't have period back from bf just yet). Come off it and libido and cramps have come straight back!

There must be a reason why your periods are this bad. You say you've had tests but have you had investigative surgery? Sometimes this is the only definitive way with Gynae probs. eg I had years of terrible heavy painful periods when not on pill. Scan soon before surgery was fine but op found endo too deep for laser removal.

Also my polycystic ovaries have been missed on some scans.

I don't know much about fibroids but my sis has and is finally pregnant now and they are causing issues in the pregnancy. Have grown massive and pushing on baby and may have to have early c section.

I hope you find a long term solution.

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