11:38 pm - 02/13/2018

Periods and diet change: A Rant.

So I started counting calories and carbs about a month ago, and things are going swimmingly.  However, last Wednesday marked the beginning of my first period/withdrawal bleed since changing my food intake.  And it’s been HELL.

Various resources I’ve been reading all say that your first menses after instituting a drastic diet change will probably be rough.  I thought I'd be exempt, due to being on oral HBC.

I was mistaken.

Tomorrow will be day eight of heavy bleeding and clots.  I honestly think I might weep if I pass another clot.  They’re huge and they’re gross and they feel unspeakably disgusting coming out of me, and every time one happens I have to deal with having it either on me or on my pad until I can go to the bathroom and clean it up.  Yesterday morning I swear I passed a perfect cast of my vagina.

I’m on HBC to prevent this exact thing from happening, but it’s happening anyway.  I restarted my active pills on Sunday, with hardly any change so far.

My OBGYN office is not interested unless I start saturating an overnight pad every hour.  I bled on my freshly-laundered sheets last night.  My inguinal creases are incredibly chafed and irritated from the pads.  I know I need to go commando for a couple of days and nights to let them air out and heal, but I can't because of the pads.  This experience is making me seriously consider cloth pads.  (I hadn't previously because I only get a period/withdrawal bleed every three months thanks to the HBC, so I may as well just soldier through with the regular pads.)  As soon as this period is over I am going to take the most EPIC bath.

ANYWAY.  I'm not really looking for advice here, although if anyone has any, lay it on me.  Mostly I'm just looking to rant, and commiserate with anyone who has experienced anything similar.  To anyone reading this, thank you for indulging me.

and_the_damned 14th-Feb-2018 07:15 am (UTC)

Omg the timing!!! I am also on day 8 of the most clot-laden period of my life! I switched birth control and I’m a literal mess! And I got the same advice from the doctor. I take the 3 month packs of bc and I’ve been on the same one for years. But the last pack was a different brand (my ob messed up) I had no choice but to take the pills. Now I’m back on my regular bc but it’s just blood and clot city. I know exactly what you mean about feeling the clots *shuddering* I feel your pain!

kurikuribebi 14th-Feb-2018 10:03 am (UTC)
Ugh, I feel you to a degree. I went through a similar experience and my Obgyn didn't want to see me at first. I ended up going to a hospital after fainting at some point, and it turned out that the bleeding wasn't at all related to my TOM and BC, and that I instead had an insane infection. You can bet I told the obgyn to suck it major the next time I went back.
Hopefully it finishes up for you soon :(
and_the_damned 14th-Feb-2018 10:51 am (UTC)

What kind of symptoms did you have beside the bleeding and clots?

kurikuribebi 14th-Feb-2018 11:22 am (UTC)
Had to dig out the old schedule book for this one! hehe.
At first it was just the bleeding and clots. Then at around day 10, I started getting dizzy and had odd cramping in my side that felt like intense stabbing any time I tried to raise my arm or walk. That stab-like cramping led to chills. It would tighten and I would physically shake just before.
The OBGYN was like "Oh, it's just heavy period because of your body's adjustment to the BC. Then on day 15, I fainted at the train station and ended up in ER. Turns out the heavy bleeding was caused by my body being completely out of whack from a serious bacterial infection.

I'm not saying yours could be anything serious. It's just that when you mentioned them not wanting to see you, this came to mind and the anger and need to rant came out in me as well XD XD
and_the_damned 15th-Feb-2018 01:36 am (UTC)

Thank you so much. I’m just trying to figure out what’s going on with my body and this really helped.

kurikuribebi 15th-Feb-2018 08:36 pm (UTC)
Not a problem. They did end up changing my BC during treatment, and I continue on the same treatment. I've not had the bleeding issue again, and my period has gotten insanely light.

Hopefully your royal throne isn't as chafed this day and you've gotten some relief.
tabular_rasa 14th-Feb-2018 12:57 pm (UTC)
Personally I never noticed a difference from dietary changes-- and I tried several times, in hopes that things like cutting soy or red meat or whatever would make my periods more tolerable in the long run-- but my periods were always hell to start with anyway and just stayed hell until I started taking HBC continuously and forgoing having a period. Why does the impact of diet on periods only work in the bad direction, huh??

I'm sorry you're dealing with the period from hell. If you're bleeding through your pads, especially at night, I recommend reinforcing them with a washcloth you don't mind bleeding on or would survive a heavy duty bleaching afterward. (I used to do this regularly, and it's more comfortable than an overnight pad though you feel diaper-y either way). If your flow's too heavy for a nice soaky bath you can still take a long, leisurely hot shower and get some of the associated pain relief and a chance to free bleed and feel cleaner down there with easier cleanup. Godspeed getting through the next few days.
archangelbeth 15th-Feb-2018 02:46 am (UTC)
My only possible advice would be to get a towel for your bed and maybe use a pantiliner up the back of your underwear at night, if you're like me and the blood decides to wick right along the "crease" there to nail the back. Even the aircraft carrier overnight pads don't help, sometimes!

The rest is just huge sympathies. I haven't had the ginormous clots since the IUD (I have a couple theories), but I used to get some big'uns. I hope they're not being too painful.

(And, of course, if you have the Signs Of Blood Loss, like dizziness, being chilled, brainfog, looking OMG pale, etc., hit the ER.)

Good luck! I hope everything clears out soon!
full_metal_ox 16th-Feb-2018 12:13 am (UTC)
I wish I were in a position to offer you a ride in the TARDIS, because they used to manufacture something that would prove useful as all get out in your present situation: in the early 70's, Congratulations-You-Are-A-Woman starter kits would include an elastic belt, similar to a garter belt, that would anchor a sanitary napkin in place and could also serve for makeshift sanitary cloths:


As for your menorraghia, one stock response to someone suffering menstrual drama after going on a restricted diet is, "Hey, it's just the toxins leaving your body!" I hope nobody's socked you with that one yet; in the meantime, keep feeding yourself whatever rich iron sources your diet allows--red meat (particularly organ meats), oysters, black beans, and strawberries are a few that come to mind.
pklemica 16th-Feb-2018 03:42 am (UTC)
I've had several spans of horrific bleeding with multiple palm-sized clots a day - different cause, I was dealing with fibroids, but whoa nellie do I feel your pain there.

My best find? Adult diapers. I bought a package the summer before last because the first recurrence after several years of better periods (I had a myomectomy in 2013, no fibroids no problem) was the night before I was marshaling for my school in the Pride parade; they would not be allowed to march if I did not show, but it would be hours outside with extremely limited access to restrooms, so I ran to the local pharmacy that morning and was like "I am having the worst period of my life and woke up in a meter-sized pool of blood which of these elder products will absorb the most liquid so I do not contaminate my students today." Turns out they are way more comfortable than they were a few decades ago, and in having significantly more absorbent material spread out across a much wider and larger space, don't have to sit so close to the body to be effective. Great for overnight, great for catching huge clots and not holding them up against the skin, great for giving your rubbed-raw bits a much-needed break. Got me through some long days and especially heavy overnights the next few months 'til we could reach a medical solution again.

The previous time I was dealing with all this, cloth pads were definitely my friend. You don't have to wait for something fancy to be ordered and sent, even just buying a yard of cotton fleece at the local discount fabric store and chopping it into pad-sized rectangles you then layer over your normal disposable can help relieve the friction issues from the surface of the pad significantly.
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