Let’s talk about Period Cramps and the effect it has on us women. This still seems to be a taboo subject, but having talked with a few women over the last few days, this seems to be a bigger issue and subject.
I’ve always had really bad period cramps and had to go to the doctors every month to get strong enough painkillers prescribed. That went on until I started taking the pill at 16 and then in my 20’s the mini pill. I loved being on the mini pill as, without a period, there were no cramps!
A few years ago I decided I didn’t want to put all these hormones into me anymore (by that point I was on the pill for nearly 15 years) and came off the pill again. And this is when it all started again, I hoped that with me being older and my body being stronger, that the cramps weren’t too bad.
PMS debilitates me
During the last few years, I’ve experienced horrible cramps, to say the least.
In 2013, I had probably my worst episode. I got up in the morning, started to get ready for work and started to feel clammy, light-headed and nauseous. I sat down on the sofa and started to feel really dizzy. Once I started to feel a little better (not by much may I add, but I needed help) I got up and walked to the bedroom where my boyfriend slept.
Just outside the bedroom door, I realised that I was going to pass out (luckily I know the signs as they are always the same) and shouted his name. The next thing I know is that I am on the floor, head hurting with him being over me, looking all concerned. A couple of minutes after I came to me, I was sick (in the toilet – there’s an upside of passing out outside of the bathroom). It’s safe to say that I didn’t go to work that day. I stayed in bed for most of the day and just chilled.
Now, 2013 was a tough year for me emotionally, which had a huge impact on me and my health. I learned over the last few years that everything that is going on in your life is having an effect on you – stress, what you eat, the amount of exercise you get, etc.
Even only a couple of years ago I was still having cramps so badly, that I couldn’t get into work on time. And when I say this, it’s not me staying in bed, I remember more than once that I was laying on the bathroom floor, not being able to move because I was in so much pain and my body was so exhausted. I was in the bathroom as my body wanted to be sick (luckily I wasn’t sick – I hate being sick)
Some of the things I tried to lessen the symptoms
That’s when I tried out different things to make things easier for me and my body and to be able to deal with the cramps and all the other symptoms I had.
- I ate a lot of dark green leaves the few days prior to coming on
- I generally started to eat more healthy
- I cut out sugar for a period of time
- I meditated more
- I practised more yoga
- I tried to reduce stress
All of these things had an impact, but I still had cramps. They were more manageable and I was able to deal with them with painkillers, which is something that never happened. No painkillers (apart from the ones that the doctors in Germany prescribed me when I was a teenager) ever worked until I started to live more mindfully.
The only thing that worked
At the end of last 2018, I read about Vitamin D tablets and the effect they can have on you and that they can help reduce any symptoms, including period cramps. I bought a pack and started taking it sporadically, I kept forgotten to take the tablets on a daily basis.
Things got better, but still had cramps. Luckily not as debilitating as I used to get them. Since February 2019 I have been taking my Vitamin D tablets every single day and since then I have had not any cramps or any other symptoms – I just feel a bit of a tugging, that’s it.
I honestly wish that I’d discovered that a few years earlier. I obviously try to be as healthy as possible, eating healthy food, giving my body all the vitamins it can get, doing yoga, going for a daily walk – it all helps and contributes!
Do you suffer from PMS? How do you deal with it? Let me know in the comments.