Exercise helps with my cramps
I don’t take any medication and I try to relieve my symptoms by getting exercise and eating right. Exercise helps with my cramps. I like being outdoors, and I walk and jog a lot. Plus I have a dog, so I need to take him out once a day. I try to eat whole foods: for example, I usually go for foods with whole grain flour in them, rather than plain flour. I feel like that has helped me. A hot water bottle also helps, and every now and then a cup of tea.
I also tried birth control pills for a while, and then my symptoms weren’t quite as bad and the bleeding wasn’t as heavy. But after a while I didn’t want to take the pill anymore. I usually only take medication as a last resort. I know that things will get better on their own after a day or two.
Although things have been like this for a long time, I still get upset simply because it limits what I can do.
I have three daughters. One of them also has problems with her period. She gets bad bellyache. My oldest is now taking birth control pills, but she used to have problems too. She even took painkillers then, especially while she went to school.
Whenever one of them complains of bellyache it’s a sure thing that she’s getting her period. But in our home it’s not a big deal. My husband has gotten used to the mood swings too. We’ve been married for 25 years now. The children also recognize when it’s “that time of the month” again. You know what to expect and are ready for it.