[Serious] Women who faced periods, how does it feel? When does it start?
By - Xill_K47
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You asked this as if there is a significant portion of women that don't get periods
There is, actually. Some birth control makes you not have a period. Anemia can also cause you not to have a period. Eating disorders can cause you not to have a period. Also, trans women don't have periods.
Only 26% of women are of reproductive age, so literally half of us aren't even old enough to have one.
So a few things here.
for birth control these women would not have started birth control before ever getting a period so they would have had periods at one time if their current birth control no stops them.
Same can probably be said for may disorders.
Trans women, yeah sure I'll give you that.
For reproductive age, it really depends how this is defined, typically it's 15 to 49. I'm not going to to consider anyone under 15 to be a woman in this sense and while women can still have periods over 49 even if they no longer do they certainly did.
Right. Don't get me wrong, women who have periods are definitely in the majority. OP was just trying to be inclusive.
If you've ever had braces or bad TMJ and felt the bone deep ache in your face, that's what your entire pelvic region feels like x10. Combined with gas pains and nausea. It's like a really bad hangover, but if that hangover came in waves that got progressively worse to extremely bad peaks, every few minutes, for anywhere from several days to a week. Period cramps are functionally the same as contractions, because the muscle of the uterus is performing the same function: squeeze it out. The pain can start a few days before the shedding begins. You also have terrible painful progesterone caused poops, like heavy drinkers get. It starts when you're 9-13 years old and lasts until you're 50. It costs anywhere from $10-$30 per period and depending on where you live you have to pay taxes on your tampons for the privilege.
The whole process is utterly and completely wretched, but you also have to pretend like nothing is wrong with you the entire time because people are cunts.
Edit because I forgot to mention you are deeply EXHAUSTED, as if you didn't get more than an hour sleep, for about a week leading up to and during your period. Caffeine also makes period cramps much worse.
I’m really sorry that menstruation is like this for you.
The truth is experiences differ; not just a between individuals but over a lifetime. I had really heavy periods, fainted a couple of times, got migraines, really bad cramps and regular bouts of vomiting. I didn’t get my first period until 15 and went on the pill at 17, which helped minimise the symptoms. Still got occasional migraines and some nausea and obviously pretty bad cramps every month.
However, luckily my periods were super regular (you could have set your calendar with my uterus) which meant it was at least predictable.
After I had kids (at 30 & 31) never went back on the pill but my symptoms really settled down. My mum was exactly the same. She had 5 kids and never got any morning sickness and I never got any during my 2 pregnancies. Hormonal things really run in families.
Cramps come from the same muscles as labour contractions but (in my experience ) were at a whole different level of intensity/pain. I had no pain relief with my first, he arrived very quickly (4 hours from first contraction to delivery) it was very painful but bearable and when you consider the process my body was a going through not surprising. Number 2 arrived 60 hours after my waters broke, contractions never started so I had to be induced that made the contractions much more intense and painful. I was also pretty exhausted which obviously lowered my tolerance and I ended up having a epidural.
I’m now peri menopausal, I’ll go a few months with nothing and then get a really light period. I just went six months and thought I was done and last week got one that was like the lift scene from The Shining and a migraine like my brain was going to explode.
Women’s physiology is really complex, the experience is different from individual to individual and at different stages of life.
OP if you’re asking because you’re worried about periods starting try asking your mum (aunts or granny) as these things are often very inherited down the female line. Oh, and if you have any problems don’t take any shit from your Dr, if your in serious pain or have other issues keep going back and asking for help.
If you’re asking to try and understand someone in your life; just believe what they tell you about how it is for them.
The weirdest thing (IMO) is the way that cycles regulate in sync when women live together. This really happens and men (unless they’ve lived in a house of women) have struggled to believe this when I’ve told them. I don’t understand it but it’s true.
Edit: fucking autocorrect
I lucked out relatively. Mine are nasty, brutal, and short, and as far apart as you can get while still being healthy. Like a rainstorm in the summer where it's intense for a few minutes then just kind of tapers off. I've got a good 6 weeks in between and only 2 or 3 days of nightmarish pain, thank god. Less pain as I get older too, which is nice.
When I was on the pill it felt like I was literally always on my period, I don't know how anyone can cope with just 21 days off. My doctor took me off them because I was an elevated blood clot risk with my aura migraines.
I think OP is a teenage boy trying to understand what it's like.
Yeah I thought it was a curious boy as well; that’s why I put so much information on my reply.
I was in the fifth grade, so about ten years old. It was a little weird, cause I didn't know why there was blood on my panties. And i dont remember if i felt crampy or not. But now, i get crampy, grumpy, and awfully tired.
I was 11, at school in a white dress and white shorts, yet somehow it didn’t stain. I came home, took all my clothes off and went swimming. My underwear was extremely stained. My mom had told me about my period and prepared me for it but it just didn’t click lol. She eventually found my clothes and underwear and came into my room in a frenzy lol, “You’re on you’re period?!?!” And I was still confused lol. She explained it me and that was that
I feel annoyed at first knowing that I’m gonna get a pool of blood in my panties for a week every month from now on.
Now I feel kinda grateful since my mom got good genes, so I barely get any period cramps every time it’s here. And it’s a good indicator that I’m not accidentally pregnant and the regular cycle reminds me that I’m not as depressed as before.
Ugh. At school.. had to call my mom who was working and called my grandma.. she picked me up and gave me a white cloth. Then we just sat there… for a few hours…. I’m just happy no one saw and it was winter, so I could wrap my coat around my ass..