Am I number 5?

As a woman, and particularly as a Mum to two girls, I refuse to adhere to the unwritten rules of society that discussing periods should remain a taboo. Particularly amongst the older generation, periods are not something to be shared, still referred to in whispered voices as “Time of the month”, discreetly dealt with but never discussed. In this day and age that shouldn’t be the case, and I refuse to raise my girls in the same way.

And because of these taboos, 1 in 5 women suffer from heavy periods with the majority of women unaware that this is a medical condition which can be treated. NHS England defines a heavy period as passing more the 60ml of menstrual blood, whereas the average amount of blood lost is 30-40ml. Heavy periods (Menorrhagia) can lead to many side effects including fatigue and anaemia, reduced immunity and severe pain. They can also have a psychological impact such as depression, anxiety and lack of confidence.

I found it interesting to learn that although many women experience heavy periods from a young age, many only experience it after the ages of 30 or 40, such as when they stop taking the contraceptive pill or after having children, and this is exactly as it was for me.

Prior to having children I was one of those really annoying women who had very light periods, lasting just a couple of days each month, and whilst my friends were creased over with hot water bottles and pain relief, my periods didn’t impact on my life whatsoever.

After having my fifth baby, with the return of my periods, I instantly knew that something was different. My periods were suddenly very heavy, way more painful and I was left feeling absolutely drained each month. For the first year I put it down to hormones, assuming that it was normal, that my body was taking a little time to regulate post-birth.

By the second year, when routine bloods showed I was anaemic, I told the doctor that my periods were heavier than normal and was told this was completely normal after having a baby. I was simply sent home with a prescription for iron tablets and told to eat more leafy green vegetables.

As time went on and my periods worsened, I felt foolish for going back to the GP when he had been so dismissive, so I made the mistake of not going, and spent that entire year feeling wiped out for ten days out of every month, something which hugely impacted on my day to day life.

By Harry’s third birthday my periods had worsened so not only was I bleeding heavily each month, but now I was bleeding in-between periods. Somewhat reluctantly I had returned to the doctor who again was quite dismissive. He told me that it sounded like “one of those things” and suggested it may be the start of the menopause. At 37 this was not impossible, but I certainly felt that it was unlikely. I returned home feeling as though this was something I would simply have to live with.

Months later, having discussed the bleeding with friends, they encouraged me to go back to the doctor who remained dismissive. He offered me the solution of going back on the contraceptive pill to regulate my periods and help with the irregular bleeding. Given that Gaz had a vasectomy, I was reluctant to agree, but in my desperation I agreed to trial it for three months, during which time the bleeding continued and my periods did not improve.

After the third trip to the doctor I was finally sent for blood tests, including the CA12 test to determine the possibility of ovarian cancer. When that result came back far higher than expected, I was rushed in for an ultrasound scan, and my anxiety was through the roof. The scan showed no obvious cysts or abnormalities, and yet I was referred to gynaecology who conducted a series of tests of their own including a hysteroscopy and biopsies. By this point I was bleeding every single day and not only did I find the whole process hugely worrying and upsetting, but it was starting to have a real impact on my mental health.

In a recent survey 74% of women said that they experienced anxiety, and 69% depression caused by heavy periods, and this came as no surprise to me. Excessive, and extended bleeding really does put a huge strain on your life, and with 72% of women saying it affected their sex life, I can absolutely relate to this too. Although, as parents to young children, Gaz and I are not jumping on each other every opportunity we get, I think a marriage does need that level of intimacy and for us we found that without it, our marriage hit a rocky patch at that time.

With my mental health suffering, my marriage under strain and still bleeding excessively, it was an entire 12 months before I was finally diagnosed with heavy periods, offered medication (Tranexamic acid) and put on the waiting list for an endometrial ablation. I felt relieved that something was finally being done, but disappointed that it had taken so long.

With hindsight, had I known that heavy periods is an actual medical condition, I would have been more forceful with my GP when he dismissed my concerns. This is why it is so important to raise awareness, which is where the Am I Number 5 campaign comes in. Wear White Again have united with Endometriosis UK and Wellbeing of Women to raise awareness of heavy periods.

To join in all you need to do is paint one finger nail on each hand a different colour, to symbolise the 1 in 5 women, and share a photo of your nails on social media using the hashtag #aminumber5 with a link to www.wearwhiteagain.co.uk. For every photo shared publicly, Wear White Again will donate £1 to their charity partners Endometriosis UK (www.endometriosis-uk.org) and Wellbeing of Women (www.wellbeingofwomen.org.uk).

 

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204 Comments

  1. March 17, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    It is so crazy that it took so long for them to actually do something for you. More women need to know to speak out if something changes.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:32 pm

      I think GP’s are too quick to be dismissive, especially when it comes to periods. I think this campaign will really help a lot of women. xx

  2. Danielle Fox
    March 17, 2018 / 8:00 pm

    I had the worst cramps in HS – Like so bad I had to take a prescription medicine for the pain. I am so glad things have gotten better for me – I am hoping to hit menopause early as I am dont with baby making God willing

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:32 pm

      That must have been hard! I’m glads things have improved. xx

  3. March 17, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    I did not know of this condition before, thanks for sharing it. As a woman sometimes we just brush things out and don’t take things seriously. Your post is eye opening.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:31 pm

      Thank you, I totally agree! xx

  4. March 17, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    There are many women who don’t speak about this and don’t think that it’s anything serious. Some just end up thinking that it’s normal and that they can live with it. It’s great to know that it’s becoming more open and talked about.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:31 pm

      Yes! I think most women have no idea it isn’t normal, I love that raising awareness is empowering more women to take control! xx

  5. March 17, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    Periods aren’t taboo in our house either. The older two already know why women bleed. My Mum suffered with really heavy periods and she was never shy about discussing it with me. My periods have always been okay, although I have noticed a difference in them since the arrival of Anwen.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:30 pm

      I think having children can really change things for so many women! I wonder if hormones are a trigger? xx

  6. March 18, 2018 / 5:54 am

    I’ve just come off the contraceptive jab after 8 years now that my husband has had a vasectomy and now I’m going to be worried about heavy periods again! I used to get them when I was young. Glad to hear you got the treatment you needed.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:26 pm

      It’s hard isn’t it? The pill does help a lot of people but there are risks with the pill and long term effects, etc so it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons I guess. xx

  7. March 18, 2018 / 8:38 am

    I can sympathise with you, at 39 I had everything removed and have felt like a new woman ever since. My daughter is now 13 and we talk about periods regularly, even though she has not yet started x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:23 pm

      Gosh that must have been hard, mentally and physically. Good for you, I will be raising my daughters the same absolutely! xx

  8. Jenny
    March 18, 2018 / 9:28 am

    I had such heavy periods in my early twenties that my social life ended up being non-existant. Thankfully since having children mine have improved but I do feel such sympathy for any woman at that time of the month.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:22 pm

      That’s never a good thing when it impacts on your life in that way, it really shouldn’t be the case should it? xx

  9. March 18, 2018 / 10:05 am

    It’s amazing how many women have suffered from painful periods and been dismissed by their GP when all the time they had Endometriosis. I think this is typical macho behaviour where male GPs think women are over reacting. I used to have heavy period that were painful but nothing too crippling, luckily, I feel for any woman who has had to go through this.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:20 pm

      YES!! I completely agree, and in my experience my GP almost made me feel embarrassed to be mentioning it? That should never be the case with any ailment! xx

  10. March 18, 2018 / 10:48 am

    Periods are defo something that should be discussed more – especially given half the population have them monthly and they can so difficult for some of us! Well done for speaking up.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:18 pm

      Yes!! It’s madness that something which half of us go through is still such a taboo! xx

  11. March 18, 2018 / 11:00 am

    I’ve suffered so badly with cramps ever since I started my cycle. Having kiddies did not help despite doctors assuring me it would . Now at the grand ol age of 37 ,I still get bad heavy ones so bad that I have passed out . I think I’ll go back to GP because they did make me feel like it’s totally normal

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:18 pm

      Yes please do go back to the doctors, you don’t need to put up with it at all, there are treatments available. Good luck. xx

  12. March 18, 2018 / 11:15 am

    I suffered from very heavy periods. It reduced greatly after pregnancy. I even had to be on medication for the pains. They were horrible.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:17 pm

      It’s awful isn’t it? It really does start to wear you down physically and mentally too! xx

  13. March 18, 2018 / 11:22 am

    I’m so sorry to hear what a tough time you had and how the doctor dismissed you. That’s awful – although sadly it seems quite common. I have had friends who eventually discovered they had endometriosis who were fobbed of by doctors for years. There really needs to be more education in the medical profession of all things period-related. Well done for raising awareness.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:17 pm

      Thank you! It’s a very common issue I think, GP’s, and in my own experience male GP’s particularly, are VERY dismissive about period related concerns. It’s sad that many women are fobbed off so readily. xx

  14. March 18, 2018 / 11:49 am

    I hate that time of the month. I have to change plans and cancel days out incase things are bad. I feel like I have to hide away for a week as I don’t want to go anywhere. It is a horrible thought that you go for help and the Doctor dismisses you when you need them 🙁

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:16 pm

      It’s awful when it starts to impact on your life, that really shouldn’t be the case for any of us. I urge any woman suffering with heavy periods to see their GP, and really persist if they are dismissive!! xx

  15. March 18, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    I’m so sorry it took so long for your gp to take you seriously. It’s fantastic that you are speaking out. I’m sure this post will help many women.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:14 pm

      Thank you Claire. It’s a great campaign and one I really encourage others to get on board with. xx

  16. March 18, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    This is such an important campaign, because until I read blog posts about it, I genuinely had no idea that there was something you could do about heavy periods. Thankfully mine have settled down these days, but when I was a teenager they were crippling, and I would spend the first couple of days off school, in the bath, often being sick with it. I’d never have known it wasn’t normal, because it’s just not something people tend to talk about, but I think that is starting to change and women are far more open about it now than they used to be. GP’s are definitely part of the problem though, and their dismissive attitude really is so harmful to people. I’m really glad that you managed to get taken seriously, and I hope the medication is helping.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:11 pm

      I totally agree Katy, GP’s, and particularly male GP’s, need to be more clued up about what is and what isn’t normal when it comes to periods. I know so many of my friends who had no idea what they were experiencing wasn’t normal, it’s sad that so many women are suffering in silence assuming it’s something they just have to put up with. xx

  17. March 18, 2018 / 6:01 pm

    This is such a great post, I used to suffer from awful periods, these days I’m on a pill that completely stops them which while I wish I didn’t have to take it makes things so much easier on me as having them is just dreadful both physcially and mentally.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:10 pm

      Gosh it’s crazy how many women suffer isn’t it? I think it’s incredibly common in women after having children, I know so many of my friends are in same situation! xx

      • March 19, 2018 / 6:35 pm

        I’ve not had kids, so perhaps I am the exception! I have to admit it’s always been this way – even when I first started back in primary school I was having to have time off every time I had a period and often if I was in school I would find if I didn’t change my pad between every lesson it would be a bit of a mess. I was put on the pill quite early to try and calm down some of the PMT issues which thankfully helped. It is good people are talking about it more for sure!

  18. March 18, 2018 / 6:11 pm

    I experience this and it’s a nightmare. I wish there was a way to fight it, I’ve tried everything. Those days where the fatigue set in, I’m ready to give up on everything. It gets so bad at times, I debate whether or not I can even move to take the kids to school. I’m literally fighting through pain and crying tears just to get them out of the house. 2 GP’s no one has listened. I haven’t been back to the doctor in years because no one listened. It’s so frustrating.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:09 pm

      I’m sorry to hear this Nicole. Don’t give up with your GP though, and if you’re getting nowhere ask for as second opinion elsewhere. I am so glad I persevered but sad that my GP was dismissive for so long! xx

  19. March 18, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    I just wanted to say I think it’s really great you’re discussing this. Periods are such a huge taboo in society and they need to be spoken about more often to break that taboo!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:08 pm

      Thank you. It’s SO important that we do isn’t it? xx

  20. March 18, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    I have been struggling since having Sebby and like you it has been dismissed by my GP. I think I should go back and be more pushy

  21. March 18, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    What a great campaign to be part of. I’m so sorry to hear that you have had such a hard time, although your story is not at all uncommon from what I hear. I hope things improve for you.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:14 pm

      Thanks Carol, I think that’s the worst thing, its really not uncommon at all! xx

  22. Andrea
    March 18, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about all of this and that it took them so long to do something about it and actually listen to you. It is sad but a lot of the “fixes” when it comes to women and our health and hormones is birth control and honestly, it really bothers me because it isn’t an answer it is just a bandage.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:13 pm

      I agree, many women put on birth control for heavy periods may not have had any further investigations with can often show further causes. It’s too easy for a doctor to hand over the pill and shoo them away! xx

  23. March 18, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    It’s so awful that it took so long for you to get the help you needed and that your doctor was so dismissive, that really sucks. I’m glad you’ve finally got some answers now and being given the medication to help make things better. My periods were always light until I had my kids, now the first day of it each month is so horrendously painful, feels like labour all over again! Thankfully that pain only lasts for the first day. I definitely think periods shouldn’t be a taboo subject, we need to talk honestly about it so young girls don’t feel scared to ask questions or seek help if they need it xx

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:13 pm

      Thanks Wendy. That’s exactly it, we should be raising our children to talk openly about periods but also to be armed with correct knowledge of what is and isn’t normal! xx

  24. March 18, 2018 / 9:43 pm

    Thabk you for writing this post so honestly and drawing attention to this. You are right it is very much a taboo subject for many and a lot of women, especially younger women wouldnt want to go to a DR about heavy periods.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:12 pm

      Thank you, I think GP’s need to be more educated about periods too, I know many of the older doctors in our surgery treat these issues as though they should be brushed under the carpet! xx

  25. March 18, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    So many of my friends suffer with terribly heavy periods and I know this as we all discuss it. I don’t think there are many topics that are taboo with my circle and I wouldn’t have it any other way – it’s a fact of life and no matter what, if someone is worried or going through a tough time, they should be able to talk about it. So sorry you have suffered so much 🙁 Sim x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:10 pm

      I agree, within my group of friends we share everything and I think that’s when I realised what I was experiencing wasn’t normal at all! It’s sad that so many suffers in silence! xx

  26. March 18, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    Good on you for speaking out. I don’t think periods should be a taboo subject! The more we all talk, the more we can help each other xxx

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:10 pm

      Yes! Exactly, and the more we talk the more normal it will become! xx

  27. March 18, 2018 / 11:12 pm

    Laura, I love reading your posts. The words flow freely. No pun intended. Ha Ha. Anyways, I suffered from this same problem you have. I went ahead and had a hysterectomy. They found a cyst in my uterus. They missed it before. It was the best thing I ever did. Don’t miss the cramps, bleeding, etc. It was awful. Hope you are all well now. Loved reading.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:09 pm

      Thanks Julie! Oh that’s scary the cyst was missed! It really is awful isn’t it? Periods should never impact on our lives in that way! xx

  28. March 18, 2018 / 11:33 pm

    Great campaign! Like you, I’ve always had really light periods. And like you, I, too, suffered from extremely heavy periods last year, some lasting 4 or 5 weeks. Mine were, however, pre-menopausal, but it’s so important to speak about these things.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:09 pm

      Yes I think its always best to see a nurse or a GP as there are many cases where heavy periods can be treated. xx

  29. March 19, 2018 / 12:47 am

    This is such a great post and periods and period pain really shouldn’t be taboo, not anymore. I have also seen a big increase in pain and loss since having kids and I’m not a fan of that time of the month.

    Laura x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:08 pm

      Thanks Laura, it’s a great campaign and one I think we all need to get in board with! xx

  30. March 19, 2018 / 12:57 am

    Oh my gosh, I am sorry women go through this. I can’t even imagine. Periods are bad enough as they are! I’m so glad you’re talking openly about this.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:07 pm

      Thank you Amber! xx

  31. March 19, 2018 / 12:59 am

    I am a man so I cannot physically relate. I would not have ready this article, except that, my wife and daughter usually have very painful menstrual cycles. This article has taught me alot and I will be passing it on to them. Thanks for sharing!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:07 pm

      Thanks Alex, that’s great that you are able to pass this on to them. This is why I will raise my boys to learn about periods and what is/isnt normal. It’s all about being clued up and empowered isn’t it? xx

  32. Hannah
    March 19, 2018 / 5:32 am

    I used to get awful period pain when i used to get periods. I dont get the pain no more as i havent had a period in about 3 years

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:05 pm

      It must be awful, especially when they start to impact on your life like that! xx

  33. March 19, 2018 / 5:34 am

    This is a good article especially for women who lack information. I wrote an article on the menstrual cup and two girls preferred to comment something else because the topic was bothering them. I really don’t get it.
    Mika

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:05 pm

      Oh really Mika! That’s sad isn’t it, and yet not surprising! I don’t understand why there is this level of embarrassment, and even shame, when it comes to discussing periods! xx

  34. Annreeba
    March 19, 2018 / 7:23 am

    It’s fantastic that you are speaking out. I’m sure this post will help many women.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:04 pm

      Thank you Annreeba! xx

  35. March 19, 2018 / 8:26 am

    Its great that so much money will eat donated per photo – what an amazing cause and great donation. I never knew heavy periods were an actual medical condition, I thought they were literally just a bit more painful and a bit heavier and that going on the pill helped a little. As a woman, I feel naive that I didn’t know more about this! I would probably dismiss it too and not push my dr – afterall, he’s the professional healthcare provider! It’s ready you’re raising awareness for this because so many women (and men) must not know about this and it must not be taken all that seriously by some healthcare professionals if you got dismissed three or four times. Bleeding every day sounds traumatic!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:04 pm

      Thanks Rachael, I was exactly the same in that I assumed heavy periods were normal. It was only when the bleeding started to be prolonged I dared to really push for a referral. It’s sad to think how many women are suffering needlessly! xx

  36. March 19, 2018 / 9:20 am

    It really upsets me when people say their doctors are dismissive. Doctors like that should not be practicing medicine. As someone who has MANY family members in the medical profession, I am sad to say that this can be quite common – especially when it comes to female reproductive health and a general medicine doctor. I’m so glad you were tenacious because suffering is so unnecessary. And I hope you put in a complaint about the doctor who kept sending you home without a proper workup and evaluation! #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:02 pm

      Thanks Heather. Yes I think it is often the case, especially with female reproductive health absolutely. I think being clued up is a real starting point, knowledge is power and all that! xx

  37. March 19, 2018 / 9:22 am

    How could the doctor not take you seriously?!!! After my first childly periods got heavier, and then heavier again after my second which I found strange because it’s not like I gave birth vaginally for the cervix to have widened(especially in the case of the second who was an elective c section). But luckily they’re manageable. Great topic to discuss.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 8:00 pm

      I know, it’s crazy isn’t it? I mean thankfully it wasn’t the case, but prolonged bleeding can be a sign of something very serious so it was crazy that I had to really push for a referral! xx

  38. March 19, 2018 / 9:32 am

    This is such a good campaign and something that needs to be talked about. I’ve always suffered badly with periods and my response has always been contraception that has stopped them from coming each month so I really don’t know what they’re going to be like when I am ‘regular’ again. I genuinely didn’t know they could get so much worse as you get older too but it if happens to me I will absolutely be pushing my GP for tests for this if I notice a pattern. I’m glad you finally got some help with this! #BigPinkLink

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 7:59 pm

      Thanks Kayleigh, at least you have nine months without this issue! Congratulations again! xx

  39. March 19, 2018 / 9:51 am

    This is a fantastic post & great idea! It’s definitely a cultural thing for us Brits, in Greece its very normal (for teens) when asked to hang out or meet up to say “eugh I can’t, I’ve got my period” and for everyone guy/gal alike to totally understand without making fun and this translates into adulthood I never so much as even got an eye roll or “you’re not the first/last” kinda crappy comment muttered under breath for taking rest days. Something I wouldn’t dare do here!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 7:57 pm

      Oh I love that its more spoken about over there! I wish we could adopt that attitude! xx

  40. March 19, 2018 / 9:52 am

    This is a really great campaign. My periods have always been horrific and so painful so I do know how you feel. And it always feels so awkward to talk about. Since having my third they have come back a lit lighter and painless but I think this may be because I’m still breastfeeding (which makes me what to carry on until she’s a teenager to stop the horrible periods coming back!!) #BigPinkLink

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 7:16 pm

      I totally agree it can feel awkward and it shouldn’t! I don’t think my embarrassment is my own, but more the GP’s or others I mention it to. It really shouldn’t the the case! x

  41. March 19, 2018 / 9:59 am

    This hit so close to home because I am definitely number 5. It always feels like I am complaining when I talk about it smh

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 7:15 pm

      Oh Dee you should never feel like you are complaining at all! I hope your GP can help? xx

  42. March 19, 2018 / 10:22 am

    Oh Laura, that must have been so stressful for you to be going through. So glad you were able to share this post and help other women x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 5:40 pm

      Thanks Su, it’s a great campaign! xx

  43. March 19, 2018 / 10:40 am

    I suffered terribly as a teenager with my periods and it made that time of my life extremely difficult. Now that I have my daughter I will be educating her from an early age about her periods especially that there are things out there that can be done. I will also be educating my boys about it too. It might be uncomfortable for them but it is life. Thank you for raising awareness of this campaign #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 5:40 pm

      I totally agree! I want to educate my boys, and my girls, on all aspects of life, even the subjects they may not personally deal with. xx

  44. March 19, 2018 / 10:55 am

    I’ve had so many problems myself in the last 10-15 years. So glad that I have the implant at the moment and things have stopped!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 5:39 pm

      Oh that’s great the implant has helped! I had terrible migraines from the pill/implant so I was so reluctant to go back on them! xx

  45. March 19, 2018 / 11:24 am

    I too, didn’t know it was a condition. Several women in my family suffer from heavy periods and never thought it was extreme enough to get treated. We were all taught menstrual cycles were natural (no matter how bad they got) and it was something we just had to deal with, unfortunately.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 5:39 pm

      Yes I think that’s half the battle, we are just expected to deal with it as part of life, but in many cases it really isn’t normal at all! xx

  46. March 19, 2018 / 12:44 pm

    I am one of the lucky ones. Before going on the pill, I used to have normal, ok periods, and after they were and still are light, with no pain what so ever. After reading your article I’m a bit worry that this might change but I’m happy I’m more informed. I was raised in a house where we did not talk about periods. I hope if I will have a girl to raise her different on this subject. I’m glad to hear that you got the medicine and finally an answer to what’s going on.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 5:37 pm

      Thank you Cristina. I was the same before the children, I think it can be quite common for periods to change when women have their children. I know there are so many factors involved, hormones can play a huge role in it too, but its just a case of knowing what is normal and seeking help if we need it! xx

  47. March 19, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    Thanks for speaking up and raising awareness of this. It’s so much more common than you think. Cross on your behalf that your GP was dismissive. Sadly, I think all too many of them can be nowadays. x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 5:36 pm

      Thank you Emma. It’s hard when GP’s are so dismissive. Obviously not all GP’s, but mine was very quick to tell me it was normal when it absolutely isn’t! xx

  48. March 19, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    I hear you hun. I’ve struggled with my periods since I started them, it was a killer going through school with them being so heavy. I used to leave puddles on the chair where I’d flooded my pads which at 15 is mortifying. I’m so pleased your raising awareness of this. #BigPinkLink

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 5:35 pm

      Oh gosh that must have been hard as a teenager, I really feel for young girls who are suffering this way. It’s not always something they feel comfortable sharing! We absolutely need to normalise talking about periods! xx

  49. March 19, 2018 / 1:38 pm

    I’m so sorry you’ve suffered so much with this. I think it’s great that you’ve put this out there though, it’s sure to help others who may be in the same boat. #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 5:34 pm

      Thank you. I think it’s so important that we are all open about these subjects, it’s a great campaign! xx

  50. March 19, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    wow thanks for writing this post – so good to know this information and good to know you got the treatment you needed, even if it took an age to get it! #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 5:34 pm

      Thank you, it’s an amazing campaign and one I’m proud to be supporting! xx

  51. March 19, 2018 / 2:03 pm

    Thank you for writing about this so openly. I suffer from the same thing and it’s been such a sad part of my 30’s. People don’t really realise how debilitating heavy periods are physically and mentally, they also affect emotionally. Tranexamic Acid has been a life saver for me as well. I’m definitely following this campaign!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 5:33 pm

      Thanks Yaya, I’m so glad that Tranexamic Acid has been helpful for you, it’s really helped me too! I wish I had persisted and received it sooner! xx

  52. Jessica Taylor
    March 19, 2018 / 2:12 pm

    I had no idea that this was an actual medical condition. I always thought that it was just normal!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 5:33 pm

      You’re not alone there at all, most women are unaware that it’s an actual medical condition! xx

  53. March 19, 2018 / 3:38 pm

    I have never heard of this so thanks for sharing and good for you talking about periods. It is so silly that it is such a taboo topic X #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 5:32 pm

      I agree, it’s crazy given that half of the population experiences them! xx

  54. March 19, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    It is good to bring this into the light of day. My friend for sure is one of the 1 in five. I see her struggle! #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 5:32 pm

      It’s awful isn’t it! I know I have friends who are completely housebound during their period! xx

  55. Emily
    March 19, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    It was never very taboo in our house, funnily enough, as my mum was always brilliantly open with us, but it wasn’t until I chatted to some lovely women from this campaign at Britmums that I really registered how resigned I was to heavy flow as just a fact of life rather than something you can do something about!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 5:31 pm

      Yes I think even those who talk about it openly can be unaware of what is considered a normal flow. No woman should be suffering to the point where it impacts on her life! xx

  56. March 19, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    I grew up in a house with 5 girls and we NEVER spoke about our periods when we were younger. Now that we are all older, the topic has become way more commonplace. Two of my sisters have been diagnosed with Endometriosis and the other three are all on medication to regulate our periods because they are so heavy and painful. Our mom did not experience abnormal periods until a few years ago, and now she has heavy, painful periods as well. This is a real problem!

  57. March 19, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    This is a fantastic post. I am sorry you went through so much but I am glad you have been diagnosed and got treatment and hats off to you for writing this. We should talk more about periods so we know what is normal and what we should get checked out, but also because talking about anything helps and why shouldn’t periods be something we can discuss openly. My PMT has been much, much worse since my periods returned after having a child. They last up to 9 days, with several very heavy days, and my cycle is only around 21 days now. So I am bleeding for one week in every three. I know sufferers of seriously heavy periods, with pains so bad they need medical help, so I know I am getting off lightly really, but it is still not a great situation to be in. I am totally going to do the nails picture (might need to wait until I get some help from my sister). This is such an important post. Thank you. #bigpinklink

  58. March 19, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    Endometriosis is a serious health condition that affects more people than we know and those who have it are often in excruciating pain. But noone should suffer alone, by raising awareness and speaking out about our own experiences we can help others come to terms with their own periods. There is no shame about speaking about periods or at least there should not be. Its time to dispel the taboo.

  59. March 19, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Crazy they didn’t listen,it’s so frustrating when they don’t. I’m glad they finally helped you but took far too long. Thanks for talking about it and helping others

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 20, 2018 / 11:34 am

      Thank you Stephanie. I think my story isn’t uncommon at all, that’s half the problem isn’t it? xx

  60. March 19, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    This is a wonderful campaign. Like you I was always lucky to have light periods that only lasted 5 days. After I had my third baby that changed. They’re much heavier now (to the point of “flooding” – sorry TMI?), more painful and longer lasting. It is something that people don’t really like to discuss and hopefully this campaign will bring much needed awareness.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 20, 2018 / 11:34 am

      Oh Jen I totally relate to that and I really think it’s important to see a GP when periods become heavier like that. And it’s funny how you wrote TMI, as though to apologise for sharing, I think this is how many of us react and yet actually, it isn’t too much information at all, it should be something we can talk about openly without apology! I urge you to mention it to your nurse or GP, there is medication and treatment available to help. xx

  61. March 19, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    I used to have such painful periods when I was a teen, i was prescribed high painkillers. Every month, I dreaded that pain and knew it would ruin plans. As I’ve got older and had three children, I dont’ get any pain at all, only at ovulation. It’s so important to share such vital information an make sure young girls are aware. #Bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 20, 2018 / 11:32 am

      Thank you for sharing Michelle. It’s awful when periods start to impact on your life in that way, I’m glad things have improved for you. xx

  62. March 19, 2018 / 10:43 pm

    What a great campaign. I have 6 children and have had awful stages of periods for the last 30 years! Im 43 now and I finally feel in control.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 20, 2018 / 11:32 am

      Oh gosh that must have been hard for that length of time! xx

  63. March 19, 2018 / 11:36 pm

    Oh huni, this is such an important campaign. I had not idea you had gone through all this you poor thing. It must has been awful. I hope there is light at the end of the tunnel and the medication is helping. Its so important we talk about these things. I am sure this campaign is working and getting the word out to those who are suffering in silence xx

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 20, 2018 / 11:31 am

      Thanks lovely, it really is so important that we share our stories and raise awareness for those who, like me, didnt realise it was a medical condition! xx

  64. Rosey
    March 20, 2018 / 5:12 am

    I’m glad they finally found something to work. I had a huge problem too but it ended up requiring a hysterectomy.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 20, 2018 / 11:30 am

      Oh gosh I hope that you recovered well. xx

  65. March 20, 2018 / 7:39 am

    This is such a great topic to be talking about. Me and my daughter have a very open relationship when it comes to talking about everything, so luckily I am always in the know with anything that might arise like this. My body seemed to work the other way after I had a child though, I went from having almost two week long periods that I used to have help with to getting a maximum of three days now x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 20, 2018 / 11:29 am

      Oh that’s great for you! I think having children can do crazy things to our bodies can’t it? xx

  66. March 20, 2018 / 9:45 am

    I have had problem periods since the age of 16 and after I have the amount of children I wish to have I have seriously considered having it all removed to
    Save pain and suffering

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 20, 2018 / 11:28 am

      Sorry to hear that, it’s awful when it really starts to impact on your life! xx

  67. March 20, 2018 / 12:49 pm

    I have had heavy periods all along. I envied those light day ladies. I was never uncomfortable though thankfully. I’m glad your persistence paid off but sorry the diagnosis took months. It ridiculous how we have to beg to be checked out when we “feel” something is wrong.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 2:16 pm

      Thank you, it’s important to really push isn’t it! xx

  68. March 20, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    It is so important, especially as a mum to daughters, to be open to them even as they undergo maturity. Talking about periods for sure seems like a taboo and frankly, I don’t talk to my mum about it. I grew up while it was sort of a taboo and I couldn’t even feel comfortable talking to her about that.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 2:16 pm

      Yes I think that’s part of the problem, something I think is definitely improving with time. But if women of this generation are unaware that heavy periods are a medical condition, they will be passing on false information to the next generation. This is why it’s such an important campaign! xx

  69. March 20, 2018 / 4:15 pm

    I have a similar story and so I can relate to what it’s like for those going through this. I’m going to participate in this campaign and go get my nail polish ready.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 2:14 pm

      Oh that’s great, it’s a fab campaign to be a part of! xx

  70. March 20, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    This was really interesting as I had no idea heavy periods was a medical condition. Mine have definitely changed over the years and I feel exhausted when my period arrives. I’m going to investigate this condition some more I think

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 2:14 pm

      Yes please do, it’s amazing how many women are completely unaware of it! I know I was! xx

  71. March 20, 2018 / 5:52 pm

    So true it’s so hush hush. I’m sorry you went through that. Sometimes we think things are normal in our minds but it really isn’t and it’s important to listen to our bodies

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 2:13 pm

      Yes I agree, and we are led to believe things are normal due to subjects remaining such a taboo! xx

  72. March 20, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    Oh you poor thing. Periods are so draining aren’t they? I am totally with you in educating our daughters about them not being taboo. I suffer less now after 3 children but have a horrific 30 hours every 4 weeks.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 2:13 pm

      That’s still such a long time to be suffering! It’s exhausting, especially when you have children too! xx

  73. March 20, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    I used to have massive period pain before giving birth to my first baby. But things get more controlled after. It certainly worrisome to get heavy periods. Glad that you’re putting this out.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 2:12 pm

      Thank you, glad things have improved for you. xx

  74. March 20, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    Your experience at the doctor unfortunately reminds me too much of similar experiences I have had and seen how they treat their patients. I know they don’t mean to, but it’s maddening at times the way they handle things. It’s why I truly believe they mean it when they say the have a “practice” because they truly are practicing on you.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 2:12 pm

      Haha David yes! I often feel I come away as though they haven’t listened to me, I take a list these days! It’s hard, especially as many people would feel embarrassed to keep pushing back. xx

  75. March 20, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    I didn’t know any of this, but will go and bother my doctor. And I’m totally old enough to know better! (I just don’t Google health things. Before you know it you’re convinced that you’ve got some rare combo of plague and the common cold). Thank you

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 2:11 pm

      Yes! I think that’s the issue, we try not to self diagnose but often GP’s are dismissing our concerns too. It should be taught from a young age that heavy periods are not normal! xx

  76. March 20, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    So sorry to hear you went through that. I wish gp’s wouldn’t brush things off (some of them are so dismissive). My periods have been horrendous since having my children. I’ll have to keep an eye on them x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 2:10 pm

      Yes if they don’t improve I would recommend you go to your GP, it’s awful so many women suffer needlessly! xx

  77. March 20, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    It is great that you are raising awareness for this. I didn’t realise until I was trying to conceive that I had endometriosis. I had bad pain each month but would take a paracetamol and carry on, I thought it was just normal!I’m glad you have finally been listened to. #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 2:09 pm

      I think so many of us assume this is normal, and it really isn’t. I hope that you are being treated accordingly. xx

  78. March 20, 2018 / 11:51 pm

    I’ve dealt with irregular, heavy periods for most of my life. It’s absolutely a terrible experience, and while I take supplements, keep extra pads and a warm pad for the cramps…it’s still an inconvenience to go through. So I can definitely relate.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 2:07 pm

      Ahh it’s so hard isn’t it! Nobody needs to suffer needlessly though, there is treatment out available if we push for it. xx

  79. blair villanueva
    March 21, 2018 / 5:17 am

    I have an irregular period back in the days, and I don’t like it.
    Luckily time goes by and now am having a regular period with less cramps unlike before.
    This is a good awareness, and many women doesn’t want to talk about it.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 2:04 pm

      I’m glad things are improving for you! xx

  80. Chuck
    March 21, 2018 / 11:31 am

    Really great awareness you have there. Hope women are more open and talk about these. I do remember my mom and sister complaining such thing back then

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 2:01 pm

      Thanks Chuck! It’s important that we do talk about these things isn’t it?! xx

  81. Kiwi
    March 21, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    Wow what a great campaign for bringing awareness on heavy periods. It sucks being a woman sometimes we suffer in silence with this…I minimize my monthly pain by using all organic feminine products 100% because they are laced with chemicals, chlorine and fragrances that can hurt our bodies we absorb.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 22, 2018 / 3:00 pm

      I have just discovered organic feminine products and they are great aren’t they! I had no idea they were even available but its such a great idea and I totally agree they are far kinder to our bodies! xx

  82. March 21, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    That is so frustrating that it took your doctor so long to take you seriously, and you suffered for so long. I’m currently pregnant with my first child, and I must say how nice it is not having a period for 9 monhs! Totally dreading it though when they come back. This is such a great campaign.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 22, 2018 / 2:59 pm

      Thanks Jean, and congratulations to you! It was very frustrating but I think that’s why we really have to push when we know our bodies and that something isn’t quite right. xx

  83. March 21, 2018 / 11:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing and I salute you for being brave. Women suffer more than men just from our monthly period to getting pregnant then getting birth yet we are still not getting the equality we need. I am praying for your health.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 22, 2018 / 2:58 pm

      Thank you Waren. As women we really should be empowered by the knowledge of what is and isn’t normal when it comes to our periods. xx

  84. March 22, 2018 / 12:00 am

    By sharing your story so openly and with such courage you will help others and look as if you already have by the amount of comments on this post. Great campaign too and one I first heard about via BritMums. #BigPinkLink

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 22, 2018 / 2:57 pm

      Thanks Kate. It’s an amazing campaign and reading everyones comments have been wonderful, especially those who have said that because of this they will seek medical help. How amazing is that? xx

  85. March 22, 2018 / 9:58 am

    I always had bad periods but I chose to speak up: discussing with my mum, friends and doctors. It got better after taking birth control pills and now is not that bad. On the other hand, I knew so many girls that prefer not to say anything thinking it`s normal. It`s not.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 22, 2018 / 2:56 pm

      That’s great Catalina, and I think you’re absolutely right. So many women prefer not to say anything, be that due to not knowing it isn’t normal, or even out of embarrassment. This is such a great campaign for that reason! xx

  86. March 22, 2018 / 11:33 am

    I wrote a post for the campaign because I am number 5. My periods have always been debilitating because they are so heavy. I can’t do the school run without flooding. Over the years so many doctors have dismissed me. After my second child (and last) I discussed my options with another doctor, who recommended the coil but then spent 20 minutes completely putting me off having it with all of the side effects. When I wrote about it I had such an amazing response that it gave me the courage to go back to the doctors again. For the first time I met a Doctor who took me seriously. I was sent for scans and all of my options were discussed. The upshot is that I had the coil fitted in December and things have greatly improved. All thanks to the number 5 campaign. I have never been one to be hush hush or ashamed about periods. But at the same time I had never really discussed how bad mine were. It’s really important to understand how awful heavy periods can be and the impact it has on your life. It’s also important to know that you don’t have to suffer. Sorry for the long comment! #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 22, 2018 / 2:53 pm

      That’s so great Claire, not that you suffered for so long, but that this campaign helped you seek help and get treatment. I am so passionate about this campaign for that exact reason, no woman should ever have to suffer needlessly due to heavy periods, and it’s something that way to many women still believe to be normal. I’m so glad you have seen an improvement. xx

  87. March 22, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    This post was so open. It touched me in my hear and in my soul. Thanks for sharing, I know this post will help people!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 22, 2018 / 11:18 pm

      Thank you so much! xx

  88. March 22, 2018 / 8:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing this – and well done for listening to your body and refusing to give up. I’ll definitely join in with the campaign – my sister suffers badly from very heavy periods to the point where she’s had to call ambulances before because of the pain and bleeding. Hopefully this will bring much neede awareness! #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 22, 2018 / 11:17 pm

      Oh gosh that sounds awful! I really hope that she is receiving treatment for it, its awful to suffer on that level! Thank you for joining in! xx

  89. Jennifer G
    March 23, 2018 / 12:44 pm

    Reading this gave me the chills. It is really scary to feel like this every single month! It totally ruins your quality of life for those weeks. I find that I have one good week and the rest are all hormones and then pain.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 23, 2018 / 2:50 pm

      Yes! It shouldn’t be the case should it, I had no idea it wasn’t normal! xx

  90. March 23, 2018 / 3:03 pm

    oh my! how interesting! i’m not even aware that some women experience this! im quite lucky that i havent a very heavy period that way! this is a great campaign awareness!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 25, 2018 / 9:24 pm

      Thank you Patricia. It’s such a great campaign to be a part of! xx

  91. March 23, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    Wow! You really brought to light an important topic. We had no idea that women faced this issue. Thanks so much for sharing so we can support one another and those affected.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 25, 2018 / 9:24 pm

      Thank you both. It’s crazy how many people had no idea about this, it’s such a great campaign! xx

  92. Gina
    March 23, 2018 / 6:33 pm

    It’s awful that it took so long to diagnose. I’m glad that I was able to see a gynecologist from the beginning. I had the same problems and had a hysterectomy at the age of 29. It was such a relief. I am very glad you have found a remedy. Keep spreading the word

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 25, 2018 / 9:22 pm

      Thanks Gina. Wow that must have been hard going for you! It’s crazy how many people have commented who are going through the same! xx

  93. March 24, 2018 / 10:58 am

    I was not even aware of the fact that heavy period was a condition. I know some women experience it but I did not know NHS recognized it. Raising awareness is great and will help many women!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 25, 2018 / 9:16 pm

      I had no clue either until it happened to me. Its crazy just how little awareness is raised of it! xx

  94. kim
    March 24, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    What an important cause! This sounds absolutely horrible. I’m so glad it wasn’t something more serious.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 25, 2018 / 9:16 pm

      Thank you Kim, it was a stressful time! xx

  95. March 25, 2018 / 1:28 am

    I’m so sorry you had to go through this and all that waiting is crazy. I had a hysterectomy done last August due to my excessive bleeding. It was a long recovery period, but thankfully I am feeling much better. Thank you for sharing your story.

  96. March 25, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    I am so sorry that you went through this experience. I can tell you I had a very similar experience after having four children of my own. It was a nightmare. I couldn’t wear tampons after having four kids and it was so stressful to have to worry about this every month. The best thing I ever did was get Mirena and now I don’t have to worry about it at all. I’m glad you posted about this however because so many women I’m sure can relate to this.

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 25, 2018 / 9:07 pm

      Thank you for reading! I have heard so many women say the same about the coil, that’s so great that it’s helped you in that way! We go through so much as women, we really shouldn’t be going through un-necessary discomfort each month should we! xx

  97. March 25, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    I know what it’s like to be in absolute pain due to periods. I’d recommend changing doctors and seeing someone who took you seriously. Thanks for sharing your story so people don’t feel so alone in this #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 25, 2018 / 9:06 pm

      Thanks Helena, thankfully my gynaecologist is fantastic and has really listened and helped me out! xx

  98. March 26, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    Blimey Laura, I thought I had it bad with periods. I used to work shifts and took medication for my uber heavy and ridiculously painful periods. I even used to stop taking my pill before the pack had finished so that I had my period on my 4 rest days. I remember clearly crawling to the bathroom and not being able to physically stand up until my ‘horse pill’ (they really were big!) kicked in. In hindsight, I should have had it investigated properly but now I’m post-40 I see little point to be fair. I’m on the pill and that stops my periods all together. I can still remember that feeling of being completely wiped out too. Great campaign and I’ll be painting my nails for this, for sure. #kcacols

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 26, 2018 / 10:21 pm

      Thanks Carol, it’s a great campaign isn’t it, and one so many women can relate to. It sounds as though you should have sought medical help for sure, it’s crazy that we can go our whole lives believing that this is normal and just something we have to endure! So glad things have settled for you though! xx

  99. March 26, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    I think it’s great that you’ve posted this – it seems periods are such a taboo subject, so I completely agree with raising awareness! Personally, I have only suffered with heavy periods when I had the coil – as soon as it was removed, heavy periods stopped. I’m trying it again now, 1 year on, and hoping that the pain will be a little more bearable now! x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 26, 2018 / 10:19 pm

      Oh that’s great that you found the cause, it’s awful when you suffer isn’t it? xx

  100. March 27, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    I have always suffered with heavy periods and irregular cycles due to PCOS, they particularly were awful after the children. Finally they have settled down, but it took a while to try different ways. Now I seem well suited to IUD. It works for me, but I know some aren’t suited to it. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

  101. March 28, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    I feel very fortunate in that I have never suffered from heavy periods, so glad you have sorted the problem now #KCACOS@_karendennis

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 28, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      Thank you Karen! xx

  102. March 29, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    This is something not many of us women talk about, which is a shame!
    Those figures are really shocking though.
    I suffered from heavy periods after my third was a year + old, but I think it was because I stopped breastfeeding and my body was confused! It was horrible. The pain acutally made me cry and loose a lot of sleep! But again, something I never really spoke about. Luckily they have calmed down now. #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      March 29, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      It’s surprising just how many women suffer in silence isn’t it? I think it’s because we assume it’s normal and therefore we just get on with it! I’m glad things have settled for you now. xx

  103. April 3, 2018 / 9:25 am

    What a great campaign to raise awareness. We also must refuse these dismissive doctors and stand up to them. I am so sorry you have struggled so, and BRAVO for taking action! #bigpinklink xo

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      April 3, 2018 / 7:02 pm

      Thanks Lisa, it’s an amazing campaign and is raising SO much awareness! xx

  104. April 3, 2018 / 9:55 am

    Great post and it shouldn’t be a taboo subject so good for you for raising awareness. Although it’s terrible that it took your doctor so long to take you seriously and i’m sure some women just wouldn’t have the confidence to keep going back to the doctor. #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      April 3, 2018 / 7:02 pm

      Thanks Frankie. I agree, I think many women would just believe it was something they had to put up with! And it really shouldn’t be! xx

  105. June 6, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    What a coincidence that I just came across this particular post. I have always had heavy periods since I was young and in some cases during the first few years would be doubled over in pain. The pain did ease after i self medicated with natural medicine but my periods remained to this day heavy for the first 3 days at least. I boost my iron intake at these time as anaemia can be an issue. Maybe I should go see the doctor.

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