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Ladies: my weird period (warning...kinda gross!)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 06, 2011 at 4:06 PM

I've gone through the other period threads and didn't find anything like what I'm experiencing; if I missed something, please link away!

This is my first period since going paleo. I've always been regular with predictable symptoms. I was very happy to have no breast tenderness or overall bitchiness this time. On the other hand, I had a headache that lasted 24 hours prior to starting (not typical for me) and ongoing cramps. I'm on the 3rd day and still have cramps (also not typical).

The weird part is in the consistency. I have very little blood on pads, it seems to only come out when I go to the bathroom. It is very thick and doesn't mix with the water in the toilet, like oil and water. It's not clotty, just really thick.

Any thoughts on what's going on?

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on April 19, 2012
at 12:28 AM

Oh honey, here's a big hug. Yeah, it sucks sometimes, but it does get better, your cycles should regulate over the next few years and become more predictable, so you'll be able to fearlessly wear light colored clothes again when that happens. Tampons eliminate about half of your complaints, so talk to your mom about that if the blood is grossing you out. If your cycle is irregular enough that it is making you crazy, there is something called a Diva Cup that can be worn for up to 12 hours at a time (and then you just need to rinse/wash it and pop it back in) pretty much indefinitely.

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on August 24, 2011
at 11:43 PM

It's not that menstruation becomes strange, it's that what they've experienced their whole lives has been strange and that it's now aligning with proper evolutionary design. I suspect that the difference is due to increased sex hormone production as a result of an increase in dietary cholesterol.

2f361c2cec9ddf7409bf0094977aac1e

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on July 07, 2011
at 02:23 AM

Thanks for the supplementation tip, I will have to give this a try. I typically have cramps for the first 2-3 days, with Day 2 usually being the worst. On a continuum, it's hard for me to know if my experience is average or atypical. At its worst, I've taken 8 Advil in a day, for sure.

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

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on July 06, 2011
at 09:40 PM

I'm hoping I get a response that I can work with when I see my doc in a couple of weeks. I haven't had issues before, so I'm not sure what to expect.

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on July 06, 2011
at 09:08 PM

That sucks - but happens a lot! It took me a while to find a doctor that didn't talk like that. Guess you have to kiss a lot of doctor frogs before you get a doctor prince/princess ;). I even had one doc suggest a hysterectomy for me (at the age of 24) due to heavy cramping and heavy bleeding. Needless to say - I didn't go back to that dr. My doc now (as well as my naturopath) has a conversation with me regarding cycles - and how to troubleshoot when things change. My doc knows I don't like to take stuff - so we try diet and other things first.

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on July 06, 2011
at 08:56 PM

My doctor's response (two different doctors, actually) when I complained of changes in cycle/symptoms was "Our bodies change as we get older. Take Advil a couple days before your cycle starts, and remember, you can safely take up to 8 Advil a day." Hrmph. If you get better advice, please post it here!

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on July 06, 2011
at 07:43 PM

I'd agree with the magnesium. There's also suggestions that B6 & zinc can benefit too. Zinc/magnesium need to be taken separately afaik.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on July 06, 2011
at 07:38 PM

I wonder if this is one of routes of detoxification our body uses? If so, it would make sense that things would go a bit wonky when you're healing from the SAD.

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

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on July 06, 2011
at 07:26 PM

and tell her to poke around on paleohacks since strange periods are so common and everyone is so helpful!

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

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on July 06, 2011
at 07:19 PM

@Heather, I'm glad I'm not the only one!

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on July 06, 2011
at 07:16 PM

What timing! I haven't had cramps, but a headache for 3 days (flow consistency matches yours Mindi). I gave in and am eating peanut M&M's :( I went off the pill in January, and this is my 3rd period (1st since going paleo). Oh, I'm 38 and TTC.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on July 06, 2011
at 07:16 PM

That said, "going paleo" affects hormones and any change in hormones can affect a woman's period since it's all about hormones! I would simply warn her that it's a few heavy periods are possible, but that they'll even out.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on July 06, 2011
at 07:15 PM

Tom, it'd be great for you to ask this question as it's own question and not as a comment/answer to someone else's question. :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 06, 2011
at 06:57 PM

Mindi..we had the same night! I finally had tequila for the first time in years over the weekend. It paired well with my corndog ;)

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on July 06, 2011
at 06:25 PM

I agree about waiting a few cycles for hormones to regulate, this in a different way happened with me as well. Hopefully they will get better each month and be better.

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

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on July 06, 2011
at 05:50 PM

mad midnight stoner munchies + tequila + taco bell = no more taco bell for me. it took me 10 years to be able to drink tequila again after that incident!

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

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on July 06, 2011
at 05:46 PM

thanks for mentioning this, meredith. I'll bring it up at my appt. in a couple weeks and see if I should get checked.

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

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on July 06, 2011
at 05:45 PM

Calories range 1400-1800 depending on the day, most days are around 1600. I'm 5-9, 171 lbs, not a regular exerciser. btw, Melissa, I've spent these glorious crampy days reading your blog...I love your insight!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 06, 2011
at 05:28 PM

Oh Mindi it is icky to face the damn age of change but we are wiser! Yeah, I felt that laziness too. I did not succumb to taco bell thought. It was like the mad midnight stoner munchies. Thankfully taco bell is 20 miles away ;)

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on July 06, 2011
at 05:01 PM

I am one year older than you and while I haven't had a period in quite a while, I do have low progesterone issues. I think the progesterone drop can be sudden in women in the mid thirties.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on July 06, 2011
at 05:01 PM

how many calories are you getting per day? I know if I go too low I get sick like this.

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

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on July 06, 2011
at 04:59 PM

I haven't had any other signs of being perimenopausal. Things have been really consistent since my daughter was born 9 1/2 yrs ago. I just looked up estrogen dominance and I have a few of the symptoms (depression, hypoglycemia, fatigue) but I think those are more diet-related and seem to be resolving with this change in eating. I have 3 sisters who have all had issues with endometriosis, but I have not.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 06, 2011
at 04:58 PM

Me, too! (hope we have less cramps). Awesome on the 7lbs! :-)

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

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on July 06, 2011
at 04:53 PM

but I don't want to be "at an age of change"! They aren't debilitating, just more annoying and making me want to lay around cause I don't feel at my best. I hope things will get better with time. I'll be really alarmed if I start craving taco bell...gross!! Thanks!

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

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on July 06, 2011
at 04:46 PM

That make sense. All the other changes have been so positive for me, that I didn't think about it being a detox effect. thanks!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 06, 2011
at 04:45 PM

I wouldnt stress yet. We are at an age of change at 36. How bad are the cramps? Debilitating? My second period after paleo had me with insane cramps and heavy bleeding. Scary almost. But like I said, I have no more cramps or headaches and aside from craving cupcakes and taco bell...my pms symptoms are way more mild. I would be worried if your cramps were different rather than more intense though.

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

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on July 06, 2011
at 04:43 PM

I've lost 7 lbs in about a month. I think you're right about the hormones, both from weight loss and such a big shift in how I'm eating. I hope we both have less cramps next month!

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

(2047)

on July 06, 2011
at 04:28 PM

I'm 36. I haven't been supplementing magnesium, but I'll look into that. Thanks!

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

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on July 06, 2011
at 04:27 PM

I'm 36, not on bc. I have my annual poke&prod in a couple of weeks, but I'll call if the cramps last past today.

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

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on July 06, 2011
at 04:24 PM

It had been about 30 days since my last one. My cycles are usually 27 days, so a little longer than usual. Highly unlikely I'm pregnant (my husband had a vasectomy). I don't think I am, but can't be totally sure either...

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on July 06, 2011
at 04:19 PM

any chance of pregnancy? ARE YOU SURE?

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on July 06, 2011
at 04:19 PM

how long ago since your last period?

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0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on July 06, 2011
at 04:49 PM

You say your flow is more viscous. Usually when flow reaches this texture it is the thickest and richest part of the uterine lining shedding. Perhaps you are experiencing overgrowth of the endometrium as well as cramping due to low progesterone in relation to estrogen.

Are you perimenopausal? Do you have other symptoms of estrogen dominance?

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

(2047)

on July 06, 2011
at 04:59 PM

I haven't had any other signs of being perimenopausal. Things have been really consistent since my daughter was born 9 1/2 yrs ago. I just looked up estrogen dominance and I have a few of the symptoms (depression, hypoglycemia, fatigue) but I think those are more diet-related and seem to be resolving with this change in eating. I have 3 sisters who have all had issues with endometriosis, but I have not.

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

(2047)

on July 06, 2011
at 05:46 PM

thanks for mentioning this, meredith. I'll bring it up at my appt. in a couple weeks and see if I should get checked.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on July 06, 2011
at 05:01 PM

I am one year older than you and while I haven't had a period in quite a while, I do have low progesterone issues. I think the progesterone drop can be sudden in women in the mid thirties.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 06, 2011
at 04:37 PM

I am experiencing the same thing right now, except this is my 4th period since going paleo. The first one was horrendous (super heavy, super PMS/DMS) then the next two were very light and symptom-free.

This one currently, 3 days of what you're experiencing, regular flow today, but still crampy.

Have you dropped a lot of weight? Changes in periods can come from hormonal changes, which can be brought on by weight loss. I figured for me it was this, as well as my hormones adjusting (going back to normal?) due to diet/nutrition.

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

(2047)

on July 06, 2011
at 04:43 PM

I've lost 7 lbs in about a month. I think you're right about the hormones, both from weight loss and such a big shift in how I'm eating. I hope we both have less cramps next month!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 06, 2011
at 07:38 PM

I wonder if this is one of routes of detoxification our body uses? If so, it would make sense that things would go a bit wonky when you're healing from the SAD.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 06, 2011
at 04:58 PM

Me, too! (hope we have less cramps). Awesome on the 7lbs! :-)

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 06, 2011
at 04:19 PM

Totally had this for two cycles and since I don't have insurance I couldn't get checked. But it went away and now my periods are hella easy in every way. I knew to wait the two cycles for hormone regulation based on some threads I found here. So about six cycles later and its still a breeze. But go to the doc if you keep bleeding and cramping for a few more days. Are you on bc? And how old are you? My periods changed after 33. And I'm not on the pill.

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

(2047)

on July 06, 2011
at 04:27 PM

I'm 36, not on bc. I have my annual poke&prod in a couple of weeks, but I'll call if the cramps last past today.

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

(2047)

on July 06, 2011
at 05:50 PM

mad midnight stoner munchies + tequila + taco bell = no more taco bell for me. it took me 10 years to be able to drink tequila again after that incident!

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

(2047)

on July 06, 2011
at 04:53 PM

but I don't want to be "at an age of change"! They aren't debilitating, just more annoying and making me want to lay around cause I don't feel at my best. I hope things will get better with time. I'll be really alarmed if I start craving taco bell...gross!! Thanks!

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on July 06, 2011
at 06:25 PM

I agree about waiting a few cycles for hormones to regulate, this in a different way happened with me as well. Hopefully they will get better each month and be better.

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

(2047)

on July 06, 2011
at 07:19 PM

@Heather, I'm glad I'm not the only one!

0d0316bfd35ffab6fa000120b978f303

(245)

on July 06, 2011
at 07:16 PM

What timing! I haven't had cramps, but a headache for 3 days (flow consistency matches yours Mindi). I gave in and am eating peanut M&M's :( I went off the pill in January, and this is my 3rd period (1st since going paleo). Oh, I'm 38 and TTC.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 06, 2011
at 05:28 PM

Oh Mindi it is icky to face the damn age of change but we are wiser! Yeah, I felt that laziness too. I did not succumb to taco bell thought. It was like the mad midnight stoner munchies. Thankfully taco bell is 20 miles away ;)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 06, 2011
at 06:57 PM

Mindi..we had the same night! I finally had tequila for the first time in years over the weekend. It paired well with my corndog ;)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 06, 2011
at 04:45 PM

I wouldnt stress yet. We are at an age of change at 36. How bad are the cramps? Debilitating? My second period after paleo had me with insane cramps and heavy bleeding. Scary almost. But like I said, I have no more cramps or headaches and aside from craving cupcakes and taco bell...my pms symptoms are way more mild. I would be worried if your cramps were different rather than more intense though.

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on July 06, 2011
at 04:37 PM

I'm wondering if it could be one of those detox effects that lots of people go through in different ways when going off an unhealthy diet. It's not uncommon to feel worse instead of better at first. Typical things are skin break outs and headaches. I wouldn't be surprised if cramps could also be one of those. For me, cramping for three days and irregular periods was the norm.

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

(2047)

on July 06, 2011
at 04:46 PM

That make sense. All the other changes have been so positive for me, that I didn't think about it being a detox effect. thanks!

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on August 24, 2011
at 11:36 PM

My guess is that it is part of the transition symptoms that happen when you switch to a lower carb diet and lose weight. Often people get a temporary increase in inflammation - and that can include period pain (increased inflammatory prostaglandins) Increase the amount of omega 3 you are taking for the first month or two when you start paleo eating - I've found most clients are helped by this. Omega 3 is the building block of anti-inflammatory hormones. It made a huge difference for me with eliminating menstrual cramps and also changed blood from clotty to bright red.

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on July 06, 2011
at 08:45 PM

I had something similar when I was VLC paleo. It effected my periods immediately - the 1st one I had was unlike any other I had every had. Very unpleasant. After a couple months VLC they ended up being completely asymptomatic and hardly producing any blood at all. For that reason and several others I stopped with VLC and have been eating a more balanced diet (containing starches) for coming up on a year now. These days I have no PMS and none of the illness I used to get with my period, but my cycle is regular, has shortened a bit (27-29 days rather than 30+ as it was on SAD and VLC) and I bleed normally with just a little cramping on the 1st day. For years I had crippling cramps and felt like I had the flu for a week every month, huge improvement.

For some women, especially those without much weight to lose, periods get lighter on VLC and cycles get more erratic until they experience amenorrhea. Proceed with caution. If your periods continue to be wonky like this I'd consider it a bad sign. But time will tell!

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A470afb4227aa740ba4d320c51ae371b

on July 06, 2011
at 04:38 PM

My periods seem to be lighter and my cycle longer since going paleo. I have cramps every month, for 3-4 days. The doctor said, some women have them, some women don't. Give your body time to adjust for a couple of months. If you are still uneasy, go get checked out.

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on July 06, 2011
at 04:22 PM

My first period after starting paleo was crampy and unusually light. I am back to normal now it's been a few months!

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on August 25, 2011
at 02:11 AM

I had really wonky periods too after starting Paleo, my flow would be very light for 2 days, then super heavy for one day and then disappear completely with some cramping on the heavy period day. I eat pretty low-carb with occassional IF. About 2 months ago I started taking cod liver oil and calcium together to the specifications in, "The Fourfold Path to Healing" for estrogen dominance. Totally worked and now I have a more even-tempered period.

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on July 06, 2011
at 06:31 PM

Question for all you ladies "in the know" about this sort of thing... why would going paleo change your period and its symptoms? Is it a hormonal issue from the changed diet? Is a strange period common when women go paleo? I'm still trying to get my wife to come on board. If I do get her to do it for 30 days and she has a super strange period without me being able to explain whats going on, it may scare her away.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on July 06, 2011
at 07:16 PM

That said, "going paleo" affects hormones and any change in hormones can affect a woman's period since it's all about hormones! I would simply warn her that it's a few heavy periods are possible, but that they'll even out.

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

(2047)

on July 06, 2011
at 07:26 PM

and tell her to poke around on paleohacks since strange periods are so common and everyone is so helpful!

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on July 06, 2011
at 07:15 PM

Tom, it'd be great for you to ask this question as it's own question and not as a comment/answer to someone else's question. :)

Medium avatar

(39831)

on August 24, 2011
at 11:43 PM

It's not that menstruation becomes strange, it's that what they've experienced their whole lives has been strange and that it's now aligning with proper evolutionary design. I suspect that the difference is due to increased sex hormone production as a result of an increase in dietary cholesterol.

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on July 06, 2011
at 04:20 PM

how old are you?

cramps are virtually always an indication of insufficient magnesium but the rest could be a variety of things from perimenopause/menopause to just variations while adapting to the different nutrition.

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

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on July 06, 2011
at 04:28 PM

I'm 36. I haven't been supplementing magnesium, but I'll look into that. Thanks!

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

(1801)

on July 06, 2011
at 07:43 PM

I'd agree with the magnesium. There's also suggestions that B6 & zinc can benefit too. Zinc/magnesium need to be taken separately afaik.

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(150)

on July 07, 2011
at 02:23 AM

Thanks for the supplementation tip, I will have to give this a try. I typically have cramps for the first 2-3 days, with Day 2 usually being the worst. On a continuum, it's hard for me to know if my experience is average or atypical. At its worst, I've taken 8 Advil in a day, for sure.

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on July 06, 2011
at 04:12 PM

I would recommend going to see your doctor - this sounds a little strange - and a little worrysome - cramps for 3 days is not good.

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on July 06, 2011
at 09:08 PM

That sucks - but happens a lot! It took me a while to find a doctor that didn't talk like that. Guess you have to kiss a lot of doctor frogs before you get a doctor prince/princess ;). I even had one doc suggest a hysterectomy for me (at the age of 24) due to heavy cramping and heavy bleeding. Needless to say - I didn't go back to that dr. My doc now (as well as my naturopath) has a conversation with me regarding cycles - and how to troubleshoot when things change. My doc knows I don't like to take stuff - so we try diet and other things first.

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on July 06, 2011
at 08:56 PM

My doctor's response (two different doctors, actually) when I complained of changes in cycle/symptoms was "Our bodies change as we get older. Take Advil a couple days before your cycle starts, and remember, you can safely take up to 8 Advil a day." Hrmph. If you get better advice, please post it here!

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

(2047)

on July 06, 2011
at 09:40 PM

I'm hoping I get a response that I can work with when I see my doc in a couple of weeks. I haven't had issues before, so I'm not sure what to expect.

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C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on May 04, 2012
at 12:34 AM

I thought of the first few periods as my body 'cleaning house' which helped me get through the awfulness that occurred. One week on Paleo I got my period and it last 7 days with intense cramping. That's 3 days longer than usual and about 5 days of extra cramping. Thankfully I'm back to a normal 3-4 day period with cramping staying mainly to the first day. Unfortunately I later got a probable diagnosis of endometriosis and now have horrible debilitating cramps whenever my right ovary is releasing an egg.

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on April 18, 2012
at 11:48 PM

I'm 11 and my period sucks, too. Well, I guess I should just write down some reasons... :/ My opinion on periods: crappy.

Reasons why: 1.) It seems like everyone is looking at your butt. 2.) Changing you're period. 3.) You smell like turd all the time. 4.) Changing pads is just disgusting. 5.) While wiping when you go pee, a whole bunch of blood gushes or drips out. 6.) When you get up after sitting/laying for a long time, you can feel the period. 7.) Going to the bathroom is grosser than ever. 8.) Cravings. 9.) Goodbye lighter colored clothing. 10.) Goodbye beautiful self. 11.) You never know when it's gonna strike. 12.) You never know if you have blood in your underwear. 13.) Sometimes you can feel the blood gush out and feel warm. 14.) Always having to check your period to see if it's 'messy'. 15.) Cramps. 16.) Waiting for painkillers to work; which takes about 20 minutes. 17.) Pretending to go to the bathroom at school so you can check. 18.) You forget to bring pads to school. 19.) Where will I throw away the pad at school?... Somebody might see me. 20.) Going to the bathroom more than usual. 21.) Goodbye comfortable sleep. 22.) You're no longer comfortable in your underwear. 23.) Worrying about your diet. 24.) Mood swings. 25.) When the blood gets dried up, it looks like crap.

Um... so yeah. You can think of many more reasons.... so can I. I'm not going to type 200 so... XD

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on April 19, 2012
at 12:28 AM

Oh honey, here's a big hug. Yeah, it sucks sometimes, but it does get better, your cycles should regulate over the next few years and become more predictable, so you'll be able to fearlessly wear light colored clothes again when that happens. Tampons eliminate about half of your complaints, so talk to your mom about that if the blood is grossing you out. If your cycle is irregular enough that it is making you crazy, there is something called a Diva Cup that can be worn for up to 12 hours at a time (and then you just need to rinse/wash it and pop it back in) pretty much indefinitely.

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on August 30, 2011
at 11:41 PM

Wow, my periods are just like that too with the viscosity that you are referring to. At the bottom of the toilet will be a pile of lining. Mine last about 7 days if you count the 2 days of spotting before the big day. I still cramp. Hoping going to grass fed meats will help with this.

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