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Painful periods? Is it ok to use pills to regulate your period

During my school days I always wished to grow up and get a job quickly so that I wouldn’t have to deal with exams. Most of us do think that way, right? When i entered my late teens, I understood the fact that it was not at all like the adulthood that i had in mind. It was really a hectic time where i was running to college for six days and had extra coaching classes on Sunday. My lifestyle did not have any ‘me’ time at all. That really took a toll on my health. I was always tired, sleepy and had various health issues. One among many were the painful cramps days  i had to go through while another was dealing with anaemia. Though it did not affect my grades, I was mentally drained with no motivation. Dealing with the pressure of doing exceptionally well was too suffocating. I kind of regret that i did not play and have fun when i really should have.

It was during that time my mom took me to a gynecologist because of my horrible period cramps. I used to get headaches and throw up. I end up walking around the house like a zombie or curling on my bed with no intention of getting up. The first time i consulted a doctor she neglected everything that i said and told me that I didn’t have any problem and everything was normal. She prescribed a pain killer and nothing else. She was an old lady, So i think she had the idea that i was exaggerating the whole thing. One year later, i consulted another gynecologist and she was the one who explained everything to me and introduced me to hormone pills.

A brief description:
In a mentrual cycle, the hormone estrogen rises in the beginning and helps with ovulation, where the egg is released from the matured follicle. After 25 days if pregnancy doesn’t occur, the hormone levels begin to drop and result in periods thus eliminating the endometrial lining. Problems with periods include the following: amenorrhea (no period), dysmenorrhea (painful period), and abnormal bleeding. There are other reasons like cysts, fibroids as well as endometriosis that might cause irregular periods and cramps. You must consult a doctor if you have too little or too much bleeding. It is normal to change pads/ tampons/ mentrual cup anywhere between 4-8 hours depending on the day.

Hormone pills:
Hormone pills contain small amount of hormone which has to be taken at the same time everyday. Hormonal pills contain the hormones estrogen and progestin which are similar to the hormones that are made by the ovaries. There is also another type of pill that contains only one hormone progestin. People with migraine are usually  given a lower dose of tablets like femilon. Those who have migraine might not be given estrogen pills and are prescribed progestin pills instead. Hormonal pills lower the chance of getting endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, ovarian cysts, breast lumps. It also helps prevent osteoporosis. Hormonal treatments may improve acne if it is caused as a result of hormonal imbalances. One strip contains 21/23/24/28 tablets which prevents ovulation and so the uterus lining will be much thinner than usual. When the lining is thinner, the period flow naturally becomes less and lighter thus eliminating the pain and cramps. Some brands have 21 hormone tablets and 7 placebo( plain tablets with no hormones) tablets in them. After 21 days, you will get your periods within seven days. Depending on your diagnosis the length of treatment also vary.

Skip/ Delay your period:
As per the doctors advise, The hormonal tablets have to be started on the third or fourth day of your mentruation/period. As long as you keep taking the pills you will not get your period. For my treatment, I had to take the pills continuously for three months and so i did not get periods for three months. That means I just skipped three months.

If you want to delay your period, gynecologist usually advise you to start taking the pills on the third or fourth day of your periods and continue with it till the date you want. Once you have stopped the pills, periods start within seven days. Suppose you want to delay your period from tomorrow to next week, is that possible? The answer is no, it doesn’t work that way.

Do not treat yourself and consult a gynecologist to clear all your doubts.

My experience:
* Doctors usually do a pelvic scan or ultrasound scan to make sure nothing is wrong.

As for me, I was advised to take the 21 tablets for one month and then two strips for two months continuously and then three strips for three months with no gaps in between. This depends on your condition so listen to what your doctor says. The hormone pill that the gynecologist prescribed had to be taken at 7pm as per the pamphlet that came along with it. So I set an alarm at that time and stuck to it all throughout the course of treatment. I was also taking iron supplements with vitamin B for anaemia during the same course of treatment. Anyways after the whole treatment at the end of six months, I was having a normal pain free mentrual cycle. It was just like another day in my life. People who don’t have any such issues might think this as silly but for me it was just that bad. When i started working, I had a roommate who had never gone through menstrual pain or cramps. I was jealous although I am not sure whether that is the right expression though:) Looking back on those teenage years i feel like saying ‘ it’s finally over and you have pulled through’. No more migraine headaches or throwing up or cramps. All this happened around seven years ago.

Is it really safe?
Yes, it is safe. Although i had to continue the tablets for some time, I never had any side effects. When you decide to stop taking pills, your mentrual cycle will return to normal after a month regardless of how long you were on pills. The hormone pills is used as a common contraceptive too. Well you already know that’s i guess. I learned from a drama 🙂

If you have any question, please write to me and I would be glad to help you.

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