I have alway had heavy periods myself, and painful. I have never been diagnosed with any medical issues. Day 1 & 2 of period I use orange tampax and change roughly every 1hr / 2hrs if lucky, by day 3&4 I'm on green tampax and last day I can manage a yellow! Is this normal?? Cramps are bad too, cocodamol being the only tablets that work. I have had 4 MC and 1 ectopic and they havnt really changed at all since I was about 11! I need a break from these devil days. How do you guys get on?
I know this isn't what you asked, but have you tried a Mooncup? They are known for reducing both flow and cramps - or rather, tampons increase flow and cramps, and this doesn't happen with non-absorbent sanpro like Mooncups.
Mooncups are great! They're really just a silicone cup you insert into your vagina instead of a tampon, but they just fill up naturally. Tampons, on the other hand, actively absorb your flow, which "pulls" it out faster and harder than it would flow on its own.
The same as tampons, you can't feel a Mooncup, they don't fall out and they don't get in the way of going to the toilet. They occupy exactly the same spot in your vagina.
What about how often you empty, I don't see it being very convenient at work as I work in a leisure centre and use same toilets as members, so I would have to carry wipes with me rather than rinse of I needed to, how do you deal with it? X
My periods now are similar to yours and really painful. Just had laparoscopy which didn't find much. Have thought about mooncup too but not sure i'm brave enough! Although you can get them ( or the similar thing, can't remember what it's called!) in some interesting colours including sparkly! Would make period more interesting I guess..
I bought a mooncup a few months ago, and wish I had got one far sooner. Once you get the hang of insertion and removal they are great. Try amazon, that was cheapest when I got mine. Have you been to gp? There are meds which you can get to reduce pain and bleeding which have helped me a lot. Mefenimic acid and transenemic acid (spelling may not be correct!)
Deffo will give one a go next month, well if I don't manage to conceive again that is, I have found a cheaper version on eBay it's about £6-£7 so may get one of those in a pretty pink/purple colour and get the hang of it before spending out on another brand.