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Apocalyptic periods - how do you cope?

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Corygal Wed 30-Apr-14 20:38:09

I'm 46 and now having the most flamboyant bleeds. Last month the flat looked like a scene from Reservoir Dogs after my period started and I tried to make it from the ruined bed to the loo - think carpet cleaning and binning the bedding - this month the bleeding has been so bad I've been almost housebound.

How do you cope, particularly at night? I'm using super plus tampax, a night towel, two pairs of pajama bottoms and still waking up soaked and having to change or throw away sheets. Pain is not too bad, but still nearly keeled over with a cramp when I nipped out to the shop today.

Oh no. Really feel for you. The doctor has given me some pills and, after four months or so, they seem to be starting to help. This stuff

It doesn't help the pain at all though.

BigBirdFlies Wed 30-Apr-14 21:17:12

I have the same problem and someone suggested on another thread to use Tena incontinence pants. It would work out expensive, but could be worth a try. I'm going to try these next period with a massive towel. Tampons are no good for me, because I need to change them hourly or more often.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 30-Apr-14 21:18:57

Tranexamic acid, or mefanamic acid, or a coil?

See your GP as soon as you can. Bleeding this heavily could be making you anaemic, and you don't have to keep suffering with this.

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 30-Apr-14 21:21:33

I used to be like this too. When DH first moved in with me I had to stop him calling an ambulance for me.

Two words, mirena coil. I still have periods but now its dealt with using panty liners smile

justmuddlingalong Wed 30-Apr-14 21:21:48

Would you consider using a Mooncup? I switched to one when my periods became horrendously heavy.

And yes, yes, yes re blood test. I suffered for years without going to the doc and it turned out I was very, very anaemic when I finally did - and, perversely, I think that then makes periods even worse.

BerniceBroadside Wed 30-Apr-14 21:26:33

Definitely a gp job, but in the interim try using disposable bed mats to save your bedding. Or even for sitting on during the day if things are really bad.

EBearhug Wed 30-Apr-14 21:27:01

Please see your GP.

I'm another one on tranexamic acid.

Also, if you're at work, do not announce that it was like a recreation of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre in passing to a male colleague, because you're thinking more about how your body can lose so much blood when it's apparently healthy, rather than the fact you're in a professional work environment talking to a colleague who has never menstruated.

Still, he was more embarrassed than I was.

DramaAlpaca Wed 30-Apr-14 21:27:03

I feel for you, it's a horrible peri-menopausal symptom.

I was the same until I got a mirena coil fitted when I was 46. I know it's not for everyone, but it has literally changed my life - no more periods at all now.

Shallan Wed 30-Apr-14 21:28:28

This really is not normal, you must see a dr!

In the meantime try putting towels on top of the sheets, big beach towels can be tucked in, to stay in place.

Work can be a nightmare. I sometimes have three hours of lessons in a row, with no space for a break. I wear two super pads and a tampon, wear black trousers and a long black top and don't sit down. Nightmare.

nonameisgoodname Wed 30-Apr-14 21:32:44

Set an alarm during the night so that wakes you to change tampon before flooding the bed.

sherbetpips Wed 30-Apr-14 21:34:54

I get it about every third month, starts off slow then 2 days of 'the flood'. I change every hour or so and deal with the overnight horror in the morning. Work is a nightmare although I have learnt that black leggings and a black chair at work hides a lot.

Corygal Wed 30-Apr-14 23:58:26

Bearhug - that has made me howl with laffs despite the cramps.

Remus - the stylish solution as ever... thank you.

Thanks all so much - I have now set aside four pairs of baggy black jersey trousers that I am resigned to wearing a week a month. The washing and cleaning is horrendously irritating.

I am working from home at the mo so it's not too bad, but I have to stop doing the voluntary work in the charity shop as lifting all those bags of donations triggers an even bigger rush. Tsk.

I am waiting for a scan re fibroids but as I have travel anxiety I have missed an appt. at the hosp which is miles away.

goodasitgets Fri 02-May-14 01:38:23

Mooncup for me has helped. Mainly because when you go to the doctors and tell them exactly how many ml of blood you lose, suddenly you get listened to angry
You need to check you're not anaemic, that can make you bleed more too, and the more you bleed, the more anaemic you get

MyFabulousBoys Fri 02-May-14 02:04:00

Nappies opened upend worn as pads instead of tena pants may be more affordable. Toddler baby dry ones or maybe the newborn ones because they are open weave for newborn poo to soak in.

Worth a try? Sounds grim. Hope it stops soon

pearlgirl Fri 02-May-14 03:11:44

I had an ablation last year for similar flooding issues - we knew that our family was complete as it means no more babies but it has changed my life - I no longer carry spare sets of clothes around or sit on waterproof coats when at work( I teach in people's homes and was always terrified of the sudden gush that would signal a flood)

Firsttimer7259 Thu 08-May-14 20:52:45

Mirena coil barely have periods now

lapsedorienteerer Thu 08-May-14 21:00:24

Another Mirena coil fan here. Had same problems as you until had Mirena fitted at age 43 and a replacement 5 years later. I've now gone 8 years without thinking about periods......blissgrin.

lapsedorienteerer Thu 08-May-14 21:03:38

Should have added I had fibroids so had ablation under GA and mirena fitted at the same time (not in UK), a win, win solution.

BeckAndCall Fri 09-May-14 07:26:38

Another vote for the Mirena here, at least as a first pass. Changed my life for several years.

But then got an intrauterine infection and had it removed and back to square one. Same as you OP - carpets, bedding the lot. Housebound for a couple of days at a time. Stuck in the bathroom not leaving for hours at a time. Work days in London with clients - nightmare.

Then - endometrial ablation! Under GA, had the lining of my womb removed. And got my life back!

Atbeckandcall Fri 09-May-14 07:45:31


Firstly, have these thanks and when you're done bleeding, this wine.

I suffered with this and it was horrid. Used to sit on the toilet for 2 hours at a time, until the pins and needles got so bad I had to stand up! This would go on for about 4 days a month. I had a mirena coil fitted at 27, and I got my life back. As someone said up thread, it could be peri-menopausal symptoms.
Get to the GP and demand (I know it's not polite, but they're quite good at fobbing off) blood tests and gynae referral.

BeckAndCall Fri 09-May-14 07:58:22

Crikey atbeckandcall look at our names!! <derails thread>

Atbeckandcall Fri 09-May-14 08:37:10

It's because I'm your stalker. wink

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