By period_probs - United States - King George
Today, my mom told me how lucky I was to inherit her "asymptomatic" periods. It's true, I don't get cramps, bloating or mood swings with my periods. Nope, just excruciatingly painful diarrhea. Thanks, mom. FML
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  jazzy_123  |  20

I don't think the words "consider yourself lucky" should even apply here. There are women who have cramps that are so bad, they pass out. And then there is OP, who has a burning butthole every month. Periods are just the devil's work, I swear!!

  Mauskau  |  35

I take the progesterone only pill, no periods for almost 4 years. I definitely don't miss feeling like crap for most of the month as the week before and after I still had moodswings and pain.

  skitzymew  |  19

I am also on the pill. I havent had a period in two years. All the symptoms are gone as well. I inherited my mothers symptoms, which were awful and a pain to deal with. When I was in school, I basically ended up having to stay home everyday of that week and sleep it off. Severe cramps, heavy HEAVY bleeding, and the possibility of cysts in the future.... yeah, not my thing.

By  Rosebudx  |  32

Recently I've developed pain for a week before and after my period, as well as massive bloating and diarrhea during that time span. All of this is worsened by the pill and my doctor is mystified.

Consider yourself lucky, OP. It could be so much worse.

  sweetbliss3  |  37

get on the shot. no periods, no mood swings, no nothing. iuds suck if you've never had kids before. horrible cramping no matter what day of the month it is. and forget about sex. horrible all around

  Rawrshi  |  25

I have the Mirena IUD. I love it. I get the very occasional cramp and had almost constant spotting for the first month, but since then it's been great (only a few light cramps during the bleeding so not like a period). No pain during sex or masturbating at all; plus it reduces cramps and bleeding during your period and eventually periods usually stop all together. Periods used to be excruciating for me and would make me suicidal because of major PMDD; now I'm a lot happier and emotionally balanced even during ovulation and when my period would have been. I've never been pregnant either so it isn't exclusive to those who have been/given birth. Mirena lasts 5 years and releases a tiny amount of progesterone directly into the uterus so it's healthier than the shot/pill shit has to go through your system so comes in a larger amount.

  MiloBear  |  11

Have you had an ultrasound? A few years ago my sister had similar symptoms and it turned out to be a benign ovarian tumour (although doctors originally thought it was a cyst from ultrasounds). It only hurt just after her period because her fallopian tube swelled up during menstruation, causing it to tighten around the tumour.

  Rosebudx  |  32

If I get an IUD, I suspect it'll be the Mirena because my doctor has their adverts everywhere. And yes, the ultrasound has been done already, and it came back mostly normal. Hormone tests come next, with a CT scan and possibly a biopsy depending on the results of everything.

Sorry for hijacking, OP. I'll stop now ^^;

  imagineapc  |  11

Your doc is covering every base so it should get better! #39 seems to have had bad luck with an iud but remember that her experience isn't yours. It did suck to have it placed, but I don't notice it now. The only symptom is have is heavier flow, without the cramping. Bf doesn't feel it at all:)

  bleh1000  |  3

Go to a doctor - not to sound over-dramatic but the same thing happened to me (cramps became much worse, started lasting for 8 days, then 13, then about 20, then the pain was chronic) and I ended up being diagnosed with endmetriosis. I now take hormones and don't have periods any more, and the pain is much better (though I do have a ton of musculoskeletal pain that's slowly resolving itself. The sooner you get on treatment for something like that, the better.

  Rosebudx  |  32

Excuse me, but I fail to see how rape is even a part of this conversation. I told OP that her symptoms related to her period could be worse. It's not like she said "I got raped" and I said "Well I have pain every time I get my period so I win the sad case".

By  Suaria  |  37

You are very lucky. I would rather have diarrhea than cramps for hours on end during that time of month.

  mommy2cassidy  |  18

OP is not really lucky. I have had both horrible periods and painful diarrhea and when you're constantly in and out of the bathroom it's not fun at all. Actually one of my issues was because of that time of the month. The whole time did suck but for the first few days, I couldn't go very far from the bathroom so it was both at the same time. Luckily, my doctor put me on BC that makes it so I do not deal with that anymore but I still have my bowel issues that still sucks.

  PleasantDino  |  22

I have had cramps so bad that I literally could not move at all. I have also fainted from the pain. If anyone had ever told me I was over exaggerating I would likely have stabbed them in the crotch.

  Rozza17  |  29

I luckily am also like #9 in the way that I don't get cramps or anything like that. I do get the slightest little ache a week before for a little while and I do feel sick on some of the mornings that I am on it but that's seriously it. I definitely don't think people are over exaggerating though! I see some of my friends in sooo much pain from it and I feel so sorry for them.
It's just not fair at all that we have to go through this, especially every few weeks.

  kaykayduhon  |  7

I was like you until I had children. After my youngest I can't leave the house the until I'm on day 3. day 1 isn't too bad just slight diarrhea but day 2 is AWFUL. I have diarrhea and cramps but the worst part is that I literally am bleeding so much that if I don't change every 30 mins to an hour I bleed into my pants. I have to wear a pad and tampon through the night and still wake up often. If I go anywhere I have to do the same.

  ksks1234  |  33

36-- I have the same issue with the heavy bleeding. Have you tired soft cups with a pad at night? It works a little better for me than the pad/ tampon combo. If I want to sleep in, I just get the strongest absorbency depends. You will probably get laughed at by your significant other and kids, but it is worth it.

  stargirl_95  |  24

I was like you until I hit 14. Then I got bad cramps, food cravings, gas, bloated, mood swings and constipation. This year I got to add insomnia (I literally watch my bedroom getting lighter as the sun rises without having slept a wink) and migraines to my list of shitty symptoms. But I never assumed that other women were over exaggerating and it's kinda shitty for you to do that.

  1dvos_grl3  |  21

I usually don't get symptoms, but once on a blue moon I will get cramps. I used to think like you #9 until I couldn't move from the pain. it's real #9 it really is.