Since I don't really find anything online about this issue, I'd thought I'd ask here.
I've always had very heavy periods, since I was a teen. So heavy, I suffered as a 12 yo from iron deficiency and fainted sometimes on the first day. Bloodwork always came back normal, although the amount of blood I lost was nowhere near 'normal'+ I had large thick slimey bloodstrings and large bloodclots (sorry for the tmi).
A bit before I started nursng school I went on the mini-pill aka progesterone-only pill (because history of breast cancer in the family), comparable to the Patch and to Mirena spiral.
Anyway, my period halted. Completely. It caused me other serious issues, so I stopped with that.
But now the question: I stopped after I stopped with the pill with being a nurse for a while, but now I'm on the verge of starting again as a nurse assistant.
But I know how shifts are on the floor in hospitals. As a student nurse I had barely time to eat, I usually skipped the break, or did paperwork then, there's no time to sprint every hour to the restroom. And to be honest I need that on my heaviest days.
Are there any nurses with heavy periods out there, and how do u solve it? I'm also so afraid I'll leak ... and scrubs
being white usually, I would feel very embaressed. I'm thinking of trying to buy some period panties (for the first time) and pair them with a pad, what do u guys think/use/do?
Jun 20, '17
Quote from ashleykirsten112
I ended up getting the Mirena IUD in March 2015 and haven't had a period since the day it was inserted.
Lucky! I tried the Mirena for my ridiculously heavy peri-menopausal periods. I feel within the 20% or so for whom periods don't stop. Mine kept going heavy and frequent but I did get the weight gain and emotional side effects!
I would suggest that the person who posted this try it, especially since her age and family planning status wasn't mentioned and it is fully reversible.
Also, do get an appointment for an ultrasound if you can, a lot of times this can be related to fibroids or other uterine problems.
Last edit by CKPM2RN on Jun 20, '17
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Jul 2, '17
When I was on BC pills, I also used to skip the occasional period by keeping on taking the pill. Everyone who knew got so worried about it, then years later I read somewhere that women were taking the pill for up to six months at a time and only having their period 2-3 times a year, and it was (at the time) thought to be acceptable. Once I went thru menopause I quit reading about birth control methods. Not sure now that having long stretches of taking estrogen is ok or not.
My sister has told me I had lots of problems with my period: cramps, n+v, staying in bed with heating pad. But I don't remember it that way at all. I think she was remembering her OWN menstrual problems. I know I was sometimes guilty of 'faking it' to get out of something . . .
when I was trying all the menopause/hot-flash-prevention plant-based hormones, it would work a month or two and then not help much at all. The doc tried upping my progesterone, saying it would help. . .HA! Within 10 hrs of taking the progesterone it made me feel intolerant and murderous! I got off it and no longer felt like killing half the population of the world, which was quite a relief, as you might imagine.
Last edit by No Stars In My Eyes on Jul 2, '17