What is a Period?

What is a Period?

What exactly is a period? It is the regular discharge of blood and mucosal tissue from the inner lining of the uterus through the vagina. This usually occurs every month, for some, it can occur twice a month. As females, we all experience painful periods. Some, worse than others.

Many women experience irregular or heavy, painful periods to the point where they can’t drive, can’t go to work or do anything. Not everyone experiences the same kind/type of period. I know women that have cycles for 2-4 days and others that have cycles lasting 2 weeks or longer.

I’ve had a cycle that lasted for 4 weeks. It was so bad that my doctor had to put me on medication just to get it to stop. It’s not fun having to deal with that, but that’s just how it is when you have endometriosis.

With my endometriosis, my menstrual cycles are very irregular to the point where I don’t even know when it’s coming on. I always have to walk with extra pads in my purse, along with extra clothes in my car just to be on the safe side. My cycles are extremely heavy that sometimes within a 7-day cycle I go through almost 2 packs of pads.

I can’t even wear tampons because they wouldn’t even last 10 minutes. The pain that I experience is excruciating, even when I’m not on a cycle. At times, it feels as if someone is stabbing me repeatedly in my lower abdomen, or it feels like something is tearing.

Being that I’ve had five surgeries, I am told that the tearing pain that I experience is from the amount of scar tissue, also known as abdominal adhesion’s that I have. Whenever I experience this type of pain, I find that using a heating pad really helps to alleviate it. If you don’t have a heating pad, I definitely recommend investing in one.

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