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My Period Diary: I got my period in Tokyo!

I got my period on vacation!
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Recently I took a 1 week trip to the amazing city of Tokyo. I had been planning this trip for a longggg time and it was really tough getting the vacation days I wanted so I didn’t plan this trip around my period by any means.

When I was packing, I thought to myself… well I just got my period two weeks ago so I’m not due yet.. but JUST IN CASE I’ll pack some supplies. So I just threw the ziplock of pads and tampons I had packed from my last trip in my luggage.

In the middle of the week I could feel that something was happening in my uterus.. it was cramping a bit and my boobs were so big! These are all my tell tale signs that my period is coming very soon which was ODD because I wasn’t due yet!!

I really didn’t want to get my period on vacation because we were walking around a lot and I hate trying to find a toilet and constantly checking to see if I’m leaking.

The next day, I had spotted quite a lot so I thought for sure that my period was coming early so I changed from a liner to a pad.

And OF COURSE, the day I put on an Always Infinity pad and walk all around Tokyo, there is not a drop of blood. -___-

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At the very end of my trip, I got my period on the flight home which is about exactly 3 weeks since my last period. Thankfully I still had some supplies to use on the last leg of my trip!

Check out my photos from Japan:
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Can you spot the Always Infinity?

Can you spot the Always Infinity?

See more here:
Periods Around The World – Tokyo, Japan Pt 1/2
Periods Around The World – Tokyo, Japan Pt 2/2

P.S. JAPAN IS AMAZING AND I CAN’T WAIT TO GO BACK AGAIN!!!

How was your last period?

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My Period Diary: My Period Makes Me So Tired!

Does your period make you tired?
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My last period started so suddenly. I know my period is on its way when my boobs start to get bigger and more sensitive… But they weren’t too sensitive so I thought that my period was still a few days away.

NOPE! The next day – it was here and it wasn’t holding back. From day one it was heavy and by day two it was SUPER heavy. I was filling up super heavy tampons in a matter of hours and I was EXHAUSTED.

Having a heavy flow and losing a lot of blood can be really stressful for your body. With the period blood leaving your body, you’re also losing nutrients and oxygen rich iron that’s carried in your blood throughout your body.

With fewer red blood cells and less iron, you also have less oxygen in your blood which can make you feel more sleepy and lethargic.

Even though I had a relaxing day at work, I was so exhausted that I went to bed at 6:00PM. I used to try to fight the exhaustion to stay up and make use of my day but now I just give in. The rest feels too good to resist!

And then by day three, I had a very light flow. As quickly as my period started, it ended. Then I spotted lightly for a few more days.

What was your last period like?
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My Period Diary: My Always Thin Dailies Pantiliner leaked!

I leaked even with a panty liner?!

I don’t remember the last time I was so excited to get my period but when I got my period exactly one week before my vacation… I was so happy!!! I had a lot of lounging by the pool and beach tanning planned and it would have really sucked to do that on a heavy flow.

I had two really heavy days and I decided that these were going to be strictly tampon days. I work all day and wearing a pad just isn’t comfortable when I’m sitting down and getting up all the time. Because you know sometimes it can feel like this:

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On one of the heavy mornings, I woke up to a little leak on my panties and I was half asleep and late for work so I just changed my panty liner without giving it a second thought. I put on my favorite Always Thin Regular Pantiliners.

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Later on in the day I thought about it and wondered why was there a leak on my panties even though I was wearing a liner? I thought that okay maybe that didn’t happen because I wasn’t really paying attention in the morning and it was just an old stain. I’m not exactly a morning person.

Then during my break, I felt a bit wet down there so I knew it was time to change my tampon. My panty liner was really wet and I had leaked a lot already but I thought my liner would take care of that.

I peeled back my liner and WTfunk?!?! There was a giant leak on my panties right under the liner! And it was bright red and still wet so I knew that my period just seeped right through the liner.

I was SO MAD because I had been feeling crappy since my period started, I’m losing a lot of blood, I’m tired and PMSing!

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See that deep blue color? That’s where there is no leak proof backing. Liquid just seeps right through!

I was really upset because this happened at work and if I waited a little longer, my period would have seeped through my panties and onto my pants. So I wrote to Always and told them about my upsetting experience. Here is their response:

I got a customer service type of response but I understand where they are coming from. I’ve worked in marketing and customer service before and the Always brand is HUGE so they can’t exactly just put out a statement saying there is a bad batch based on my one experience.

I went through a few more liners and found that they were all the same so I’m not exactly sure if this was a bad batch of if this is just how their product is designed (but why would they design a panty liner that lets liquid seep through?!).

It is fair to say that these liners are only meant for daily use like for vaginal discharge but even then, I expect the liner to have some sort of backing so any liquid doesn’t seep through.

My period is over so I’m not upset about this anymore. I bought the big 120 count bag and it is still one of the liners I find myself reaching for every day… BUT I have changed my rating for these liners. Even though Always recommends them for lighter period days, I strongly advise all ladies to NOT use these if you’re bleeding at all.

Have you ever had a bad experience with a panty liner?

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My Period Diary: My insides are beating me up!!!

Constant cramping….

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I normally do My Period Diary at the end of my period but this time I thought I would do it at the beginning.

I don’t keep track of my period with apps or a calendar. Instead I rely on the rhythm method – I keep track of it in my head and go by how my body is feeling. I’m not on any hormonal birth control so I have a natural cycle which can sometimes be a little early or a little late. I’ve been using the rhythm method with a lot of success for years and years now so I have a really good idea of how my body feels when my period is about to come.

So the other week I felt like my period was coming and my body was telling me 2 weeks or so but boy was I wrong! The next day my boobs got really tender and sore (red flag for period is coming instantly). My period came the next day!

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Me cramping all day…

The following day, my period really started to flow… and all day I had been cramping. I used to get terrible cramps when I was younger (stay in bed, fetal position cramps) but on the pain scale, these cramps were only a 1/10 BUT I’d been cramping ALL DAY – every minute, every second! It’s annoying, tiresome, and so taxing on my body. It feels like my insides have been beating me up all day.

By day 4, my period was only a light flow and ended after about 5 or 6 days.

I also picked these up on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart.

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Stayfree Maxi Pad $3.49, Always Infinity Overnight 3.99

I’ve tried the Always Infinity pads before but I haven’t tried the Stayfree Maxi yet. I only grabbed these because they were on sale and I love Stayfree pads so I didn’t even look at what type I was getting. Only when I got home did I realize these were MAXI and I was surprised because they are actually quite thin!

How was your last period? Share with me in the comments section below!

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My Period Diary: I visited my vagina doctor

Visiting my gynecologist for my annual check up

Every year when March rolls around, I have a big TO DO item for the month and that’s to visit my vagina doctor for my annual check up.

But scheduling an appointment isn’t always easy because I have to make sure I can get the time off work AND make sure I don’t have my period. I had ONE day off work – my union mandated family day – so I decided to book my appointment on that day even though it was close to the start of my expected period.

And what do you know!!! The day of my appointment, I go to the bathroom, WIPE…. AND I STARTED SPOTTING!!!

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It was so hard to get the appointment too because my clinic is always super busy so I wasn’t going to reschedule my appointment. I went anyways and when I checked in I let the lady know I was spotting lightly. She told me it was okay (PHEW) and that she would call me up shortly.

Well the clinic was so busy that there wasn’t a single seat in the waiting area. I waited for so long. My appointment was at 2:30pm. I checked in at 2:15 and by 3:20, they had still not called me up. I saw that some people were waiting longer than I was so I assumed they were just very busy and running very late. I went up to ask the lady and -_____- THEY FORGOT ABOUT ME and MISPLACED MY FILE. UGH!!!

So finally I see my doctor and she realizes the ladies at the front messed up and she feels bad that I waited so long. At this point, I really didn’t care because I am too anxious about my appointment!

Normally at my annual check up I go for my pap test and to get my Gynefix IUD checked out but I was told that since my pap results for my last few tests came back normal, I wasn’t due for a pap test for another 12 months.

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I undressed from waist down and sat on the examining table and covered my bottom half with a very large sheet. My doctor first checked my IUD using an ultra sound and when she was done, I was so relieved that I sat up right away! But I forgot that she wasn’t done and she told me she still had other exams to conduct.

She performed a physical exam with her fingers – feeling around to make sure everything felt normal. She she also inserted a speculum and looked inside to make sure everything from my vaginal walls and cervix looked okay.

I am always so relieved when she’s done and gives me that news that everything is fine.

We ladies have no way of telling if our cervix and vaginas are successfully reproducing cells and looking normal inside which is why it’s so important to go for your annual check up.

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My Period Diary: Heavy flow tampon rant!

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Generally tampons are the answer to a more mess free and more comfortable period but it doesn’t mean all the problems of having a period are just POOF gone.

Heavy flows & Cheap tampons

So I had a heavy flow and I had purchased these Life brand tampons from Shoppers Drug Mart to try. They were on sale for… only $2.00! Yes a toonie!!!

I can’t pass on a deal like that so I just had to try them and what a better day to try them than on a heavy flow day.

But as I went to change my tampon throughout the day, ugh… I pulled out the tampon by the string and then PLOP a goop of period plopped on my hand.

UGH. yes a GOOP.. tampons only absorb liquid… period, blood, whatever you want to call it! But the lining that sheds during your period is not liquid – it is like soft tissue. Sometimes you will find them on your pad like little period whales.

This happened twice in a day. Sigh.

My period was comfortable but even after 13 years of having a period, I still find some parts of my period icky.

How was your last period?

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My Period Diary: What it’s like to have a period & things that always happen when I get my period

I’ve been meaning to do this blog post for a very long time but just haven’t gotten around to it. Usually my period diaries are very short, uneventful, and impersonal which I don’t really like. I used to do a lot of personal blogging and hope to do a lot more of that now. I want to share more of my personal period experiences with my readers so everyone knows what periods are REALLY like.

I started my period when I was 12 and getting my period in my preteens/teens to now in my twenties has been a very very different experience.

My period during my TEENS
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In my preteens/teens – there was a lot of guess work because back then, there wasn’t that much information on the internet.. because the internet was fairly new back then LOL. So we relied on pamphlets and books etc but even then every girl’s period experience is unique so I was just learning more and more about how my body worked with each period.

I used to worry A LOT about my period. Like most girls I was worried about stains from leaking, not having a pad with me, or OMG how will I do the campus run when I have my period and all these crazy cramps?? This pad is so thick – will other girls be able to see it through my pants? Or omg my pad is SO loud when I open it – that it ECHOS in the girls bathroom LOL!

My period during my TWENTIES

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Now that I’m in my twenties – I still worry about stains and whether or not I have supplies with me (I am bad at planning LOL) but I no longer count the days of my period or worry about my pad being too thick! I don’t even care if someone hears me opening my pad in the bathroom!

Over the years I’ve gotten very familiar with my body. I know when my period will come without counting the days and instead I rely on just how my body is feeling and what it’s telling me.

Also if you’ve been following this blog for a while – you know that I have a copper IUD. One of the side effects is that it can make your cramps worse which really worried me because my cramps used to be pretty bad. Fortunately I am one of the lucky ones because my cramps went from very painful to little to no pain at all.

Anyways even though my experience with my period has changed a lot over the years, that have been consistent over the last few years…

Things that ALWAYS happen during my period
1. Period Poops

Ughhh yup – IT HAPPENS. And it’s best summed up in this picture:


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But why does this happen to so many girls?
My guess is that while your body is producing oxytocin (the chemical that makes your uterus contract to push out your period) and trying to send it to your uterus – some of it gets sent to your lower abdomen area hence the cramps in your lower back and inner thighs. In the mix of all that, some of the oxytocin is ends up in the digestive tract area.

All the contracting and cramping also affects the surrounding muscles and makes your digestive tract just contract in ways that it normally wouldn’t which results in constipation or diarrhea. This is MY GUESS so if anyone actually knows if this is fact or untrue – PLEASE leave a comment and let me know!!

2. Cramps

I don’t get super crazy cramps anymore but I get a really warm fuzzy feeling in my uterus.

When I put my hand over my lower tummy area, it feels super warm and it just feels like something is going on in there! Every now and then I do feel sharp cramps but they don’t last very long for me – only a minute or two.

It sounds weird to say but I actually like this warm fuzzy feeling because it makes me feel womanly (maybe this is a weird way to put it but let me explain).

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Sometimes my cramps have me feeling like this LOL.

It feels endearing to for my body go through this process because I know that my body is working in the way that it’s supposed to, that my body is running normally as it should, and that I’m healthy which I’m really grateful for.

3. Hot flashes

This. THIS I HATE! Because in my teen years, I never really experienced hot flashes. It was only in my early twenties that I started to develop this symptom!

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I almost always get it sometime either before, during, and after my period. I think my body is just working over time and this is just a side effect.

One minute it is very warm – like I am on the verge of breaking out in a sweat! – and the next minute I need to put on a sweater and turn up the heat… and the next minute I am too warm again! This happens for like a good hour or so -___-. And it’s not just all in my head either because my boyfriend held me during a hot flash and noticed how warm my body felt.

It is really just an inconvenience and I can still laugh about it. My only worry is that I wear a nice warm sweater to work where I am in a client facing role and can’t take it off every couple minutes LOL.

4. Sensitive Boobs

As I entered my twenties I noticed that as my period was nearing, my boobs would always become a bit swollen and sensitive. This has always been my sign that my period will be coming in the next few days.

This is when I should be stocking up on pantyliners, pads, and tampons but to be honest I still forget sometimes! LOL I guess with being so comfortable about periods, I don’t see any inconvenience in asking another girl for supplies haha!

5. Getting SUPER tired & Falling asleep INSTANTLY

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Sometimes I will just get SUPER tired during my period. I can literally just fall asleep on the spot which I have done countless times. I have done this during a lecture, at work, and I’ve even had to delay my bus ride home so I could take a nap at my school library.

First I feel unwell, like all the energy is just being drained from my body. I think this is because my body is working extra hard to push out my period. Then I just fall asleep.

When this first started happening to me, it was a bit scary cause I didn’t know if I would be okay because I never experienced this in my early teens. It wasn’t until my early twenties that I started feeling so tired and sleepy. It’s not scary to me anymore because I know that I will be okay after napping for an hour or so but my boyfriend saids it’s scary to see me go through that.

Now that I am more familiar with this, I make extra care to take care of myself during my period. I eat super healthy to ensure my body is getting all the nutrients it needs because during your period – you are essentially losing a lot of nutrients especially iron through your period / blood loss.

I have never met anyone else that experiences this so if you experience this too, please let me know in the comments!!

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My Period Diary – I couldn’t find my tampons

My last period was very good. Like my last one, it’s not as heavy anymore and only lasted about 5 or 6 days – most of which was light to moderate bleeding.

But of course something has to go wrong! I was all out of tampons and instead of buying more, I decided to save money and use up my stash of pads instead… except the only pads I had were these Always Ultra Thin pads. The last time I wore them they chaffed me so bad that my skin was.. well raw. And despite my poor experience with them, I still decided to give them another chance.

Big mistake! My skin became very irritated especially on the heavy days early on and from there my skin was just irritated. I searched my bathroom and my work bag for tampons and couldn’t find any. My skin became so chaffed that it was painful to touch! Sometimes it was even painful to walk because my thighs would rub my skin. It was like this for the entire period and a few days after too.

The only Always pads that don’t irritate my skin are the Always Infinity pads. I had the bright pink Totally Teen Always Infinity pads from the HelloFlo kit (review coming soon) I purchased so I wore those for the second half of my period.

And then AFTER when my period was finally over, I found a handful of tampons that I had stashed in one of my purses that I had put away in my closet! *facepalm*

Well at least I have tampons for my next period!

Has that ever happened to you?

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My Period Diary: Finally My Heavy Flow Is More Manageable!

It’s finally back to my normal!

For the past year or so, my menstrual cycle has been getting longer and heavier. I thought this was normal but lately my menstrual cycle has been getting shorter, more frequent and my flow has become more manageable!

At first I thought this was because I was reaching my prime for having babies so my body was ovulating more frequently. I’m 24 right now so maybe this is my body’s way of trying to get me pregnant by dropping more eggs? LOL

But now looking back at, I think these changes in my menstrual cycle heavily reflected my lifestyle.

My period became heavier and heavier in the past year or so. I spent most of my time studying and working at my desk in the office so my lifestyle was very sedentary and I didn’t exercise much. My period got so heavy that I started wearing a tampon and pad at the same time just in case I leaked too heavily. One time, I even leaked through a tampon AND a pad O__O. I would bleed very heavily for one day, followed by a really light flow. During this time, my menstrual cycle was around 35 days and sometimes even as long as 40 days.

I started lifting recently and it has really made changes to my menstrual cycle. Not only is my menstrual cycle shorter, but my period is less heavy and more manageable. Exercise has really made a difference to my menstrual cycle and flow and I’m really happy with the changes!

I have my period right now and so far my flow has been very normal and the flow has been spread out so I haven’t had a super heavy day yet yay! I was anticipating an heavy flow and wore a tampon and a pad but I never leaked :D!

My menstrual cycle is now closer to 25 days. I’m just really hoping I’m right about these changes and that I’m not speaking too soon!

How has exercise helped with your menstrual flow?

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My Period Diary: Period Diarrhea Two Mornings In A Row!

I got the works this time

This period really took me by surprise. I was still wrapping up reviews for my last cycle when I already started spotting 2 weeks early! And boy oh boy did my period know how to greet me!

I woke up one morning feeling with an upset tummy.. the kind of feeling where you know you just have to go relieve yourself to feel better.

Then the next morning… AGAIN! Ugh.. seriously??? I got the memo! You’re here I know! I have pads and tampons ready for review!

Even after a decade of having my period, a surprise early period can still happen. I knew it was coming though because my breasts were feeling more swollen and tender and the consistency of my vaginal discharge was changing. I am very in tune with my body which is why I use the rhythm method to keep track of my period.

And to put the cherry on top, I had hot flashes for every single day of my period!

Here’s to hoping my next period is better! How was your period?

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