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  • FML - just when I don't need them anymore.

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    • Day 1 of The Period Where I Try To Wear Thinx Every Day All Day!

      Five hours in and I am still freaked out by The Mystery Of The Disappearing Blood, y'all.

      I am also Crampy McCrampyface, but that's not the fault of my magical bloodrites underwear.


      On Day 3, I will have to be away from the house for a longish stretch (like at least ten hours), and that's usually my heaviest day, so . . . I guess this will be a real test of my commitment to the experiment.


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      • Okay, final report . . . I wasn't able to wear them *all* day or even *every* day, but I came quite close to that. Found their limit when a pair started to leak through after four hours of my heaviest flow. But! It didn't leak through enough to stain my pants or couch or anything, so that was good. I also didn't trust them at night during heavy flow, so I switched them out for pads then as well.

        In an average period pre-Thinx, I would go through approx. 40 pads of varying flow capacities in six days. By rotating pads with Thinx, I have only used 11 pads this whole period. Pretty damn impressive. I can wear them almost all day on Days 1, 4, 5 and 6. To not have to wear pads for 75% of my period? FANFREAKINGTASTIC.






        This is a gamechanger, people!



        They just sent me a coupon link that gets $10 off your first order:

        https://www.shethinx.com/pages/rflan...ref_code=dQ8lY

        Hopefully that will work for any of y'all that want to take the plunge.

        It also gets me $10 at the same time . . . but since I have already stocked up with six pairs, it's not really going to do me any good. Not unless the demon dog finds them and eats them and I have to replace them, which is entirely possible now that I think about it.



        ETA Just one note on sizing . . . I wear a size 4 and ordered 3 mediums and 3 smalls. Either of those work okayish . . . I feel like I'm actually in between. On some days, the meds felt too big, and other days the smalls felt too small. Dunno if that will help anyone decide on their size or not.
        Last edited by ophy; 05-04-2016, 09:12 AM.

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        • Amazing article about menstruation and pregnancy.

          https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-ev...having-periods
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          • Anyone here have any opinions about hysterectomies? My mom has been advising me to get a partial one (leaving the ovaries intact) like she did in her 50s . . . she says it was the best thing she ever did and she wishes she'd done it ten years earlier. I don't really have a use for my upside down uterus at all, and it sure would be swell to stop all of this period nonsense. My labwork says I'm seriously anemic and it might be my heavy periods that cause that, so . . .


            I looked back on this thread and saw that cajun had a uterine ablation, so I guess that's an option, too?

            My mom gave me the low down on her experience, but her surgery was over 20 yrs ago, so I assume things have changed a lot.

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            • I don't know... My gut reaction to any kind of surgery is Noooope. My doctor actually sugested I have some kind of hysterectomy because he really doesn't want me to get pregnent again since that would mean a third C-section and a fourth surgery in that area and he said he could do something while he delivered the baby last year but I opted no. Of course, I don't really have a heavy period. Mine are absolutely manageable. I was also afraid of getting an early menopause.
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              • Apparently if you leave the ovaries intact, the timing of your menopause isn't affected. But yeah, my instinct is noooooope on any surgery that doesn't *have* to happen.

                On the other hand, my eye surgery was one of the best things I have ever done . . . and my periods are OBNOXIOUS.

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                • There's no doubt it's a major operation and the problem is it's so much down to an individual's circumstances and reactions to it. It's obviously not something to be undertaken lightly, but it's a case of weighing up the benefits I guess. Improving quality of life is definitely up there as a reason to go through it.
                  Last edited by Laura; 10-20-2016, 05:23 AM.

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                  • I've had friends who've had them, and it's usually because their doctor was worried about some aspect of their health related to the uterus. So my friend had terrible bleeding and a family history of cancer and had certain risk factors that made sense for her to have it alllll taken out. She is on a hormone patch forever and some cream called vagifem (I SHIT YOU NOT; WHO CAME UP WITH THAT?) she has to put in her vag twice a week.

                    Of course, 20+ years ago, they handed hysterectomies out like candy. These days, they are a lot more selective about these things. It seems kinda radical. Most docs will start with an ablation to help tame the aging uterus, from what I understand.
                    Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                    • So I went to the gyno and discovered a couple of things . . . 1) yes, it's most likely my heavy periods causing my iron deficiency and 2) I totally have vaginismus (probably related to the trauma of pelvic exams with a retroverted uterus). Between the vaginismus and the retroversion, there was basically no chance of a successful pelvic exam and pap smear. The doc tried her beekdamndest, but there was no way to gain entry so to speak. So she couldn't find out what is causing the heavy periods this time (probably fibroids) and therefore scheduled an ultrasound for January to see what they can see (they will probably see fibroids). If it is fibroids (it's probably fibroids) then yes, a hysterectomy is super likely. We discussed an ablation, but again, my retroverted-ness can make an ablation really complicated to do. None of the instruments are angled the right way, obvs. And since my uterus is backwards, pressing against my colon in a weird way, some of my digestive issues might actually be caused by that . . . and you can't fix that with an ablation.

                      My gyno also mentioned that she might want me to be sedated for my next exam . . . she says they have an anesthesiologist come to the office once a month and can even have the pap and exam done with me totes knocked out to get around that whole pesky excruciating pain-and-trauma issue. Does that sound normal to y'all? I failed to ask her if she meant gas or an IV or what, but it sounded a bit extreme to me. But hey, if that's the only way . . .







                      She also prescribed tranexamic acid for me to take during my three heaviest flow days -- it's supposed to cut my flow in half, which should help out my anemia problems, I guess? But the pils are hella expensive and I have to take 6 pills a day, ugh.

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                      • Ugh!!!I hate that my computer broke down completely because I have first hand experience about this issue and I can't type very well from my phone. My mom did have heavy bleedings because of fibroids and did have an operation and always said it was the best decision she ever made. I remember her being in a lot of pain during the first ten days or so but then she got over it. She didn't have a serious issues with sex. She said it was the same as before. My fibroids were external so I just had them removed but generally and sadly lots or big fibroids mean surgery.
                        If you have an ultrasound I don't think it's necessary to be sedated? Although many people do it just fot a gastroscopy or a colonoscopy so I don't think it will be a very big deal. They probably mean a light seadation, not like the one you have in a surgery.
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                        • If you have an ultrasound I don't think it's necessary to be sedated?

                          Oh, no, the sedation would not be for the ultrasound. The doc is just concerned that it's been a decade or so since I had a pap, but she can't get in there to do one. So they would sedate me mostly for that, I guess. She called it general anesthesia, but I assume she meant the kind of thing you get when you have an invasive dental procedure. I've only had anesthesia once, when I had my tonsils out at age 20, and I threw up over and over and over for hours afterwards. But that was the real deal, and surely this wouldn't be so intense. Of course, the hysto would be the full dealio . . .

                          My mom did have heavy bleedings because of fibroids and did have an operation and always said it was the best decision she ever made.

                          Every female in my family has had fibroids big enough to result in a hysterectomy, which is why I'm assuming I've got them, too. My mom swears her fibroids were the size of a grapefruit, but that sounds like an exaggeration. But honestly, I'm thinking about having the hysterectomy even if I don't have fibroids. I just feel like it's time to rid myself of this troublesome organ. It's a pain in my ass (literally, given the way it's pinching into my colon).


                          Even if they yank out my wackadoo uterus, I will still have to deal with the vaginismus, I guess? The general recommendation is to see a pelvic floor specialist who will do physical therapy and teach me how to use dilators which sounds really terrible. Alternately, I can just stay a closed ecosystem, which sounds less terrible in some ways.



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                          • Get rid of that uterus! It's been nothing but trouble, tbh. Every woman I know in our generation who had a hysterectomy had very positive results because it was truly needed (unlike in the 1970s and 1980s when they handed them out like parting gifts after you had a baby or two).

                            Vaginismus rhymes with Christmas? That's mostly all I got where that's concerned, tbh. Altho, perhaps you have vaginismus for good reason? You/your body maybe developed it as a defense mechanism to deal with the pain of having a flipped around uterus that caused incredible discomfort? I mean, once the other pains/discomforts disappear, perhaps your muscles will learn to relax in time? It sounds like vaginismus is the body's defense mechanism from creating further discomfort and pain and can be overcome with practice and retraining.

                            You might even be able to employ cognitive behavior therapy techniques with some physical practice (and does it even need to be a dilator? I mean, start with your own finger and see if you can relax it over time). Have I mentioned that I think CBT is the answer to like 80% of life problems?
                            Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                            • Have I mentioned that I think CBT is the answer to like 80% of life problems?
                              I go around every day telling people to try CBT; I'm a believer!

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                              • I mean, once the other pains/discomforts disappear, perhaps your muscles will learn to relax in time? It sounds like vaginismus is the body's defense mechanism from creating further discomfort and pain and can be overcome with practice and retraining.

                                That's kind of what a pelvic floor specialist will do for someone with vaginismus. Vaginismus is mostly mental/emotional . . . so there's a certain amount of emotional therapy involved as well as physical therapy and retraining the muscles to relax. It's a super duper specialized area of women's health, for obvious reasons, and they aren't that easy to find. I think we have two of them in my town, but they require a referral and I think there's a wait list involved, etc.

                                Imma resolve the uterus/anemia issue first, then wait til after recovery to tackle anything else.

                                Most of my symptoms can be traced right to the anemia, no doubt, but the gyno wasn't sure there was any connection between whatever my uterus is doing to me and the sudden weight gain/metabolism slowdown that I've experienced. Maybe if I really do have fibroids the size of grapefruit, that could explain it, I dunno.

                                Did a test to see if I have any hormonal imbalances and will wait for those results. An estrogen imbalance could definitely be causing weight gain and metabolism problems.


                                BEING A LADY IS SO WONDERFUL YAY.

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