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
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
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:
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!!
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).
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!
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
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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