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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2011, 04:03:16 pm »
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Here's the thing: the reason herbs work is that they have chemicals that affect our bodies.


And there is another problem with the natural chemistry.
You never know how high the concentration of the active agent in herbs is.
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« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2011, 04:07:18 pm »
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And I don't have a gynecologist... :/ -sigh-


I'd recommend finding one if you can. If doctor bills are an issue for you, maybe you could a find a women's health clinic or midwife center in your area? Often they'll charge on a sliding scale based on income.

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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2011, 04:09:07 pm »
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Here's the thing: the reason herbs work is that they have chemicals that affect our bodies.

 
Very helpful information.  I definately think that if I'm going to take herbs for this I need to understand a lot more--don't want to make any stupid decisions that will make me sick or worse.  I'll check out the link and maybe by the time next month rolls around I'll be able to try something. Or not.  But it's a nice option to have, I think.
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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2011, 04:11:36 pm »
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When I was in my late teens I got the BCP because of the pains.
The cramps were so bad, I had even severe circulatory problems from it.
So I second what Starglade wrote, it really helps.

And now that I am no longer taking them, the time in the month is sometimes annoying, but not nearly as painful as it once was.

Maybe you should consider that option again.
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I think I can consider BCP, too.  If anything, it'd be fine to try for a year I think.  Children are not "soon" as in months away, but more like a year or two... So yeah, this would actually be a pretty good option. :)

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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2011, 04:32:41 pm »
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I think I can consider BCP, too.  If anything, it'd be fine to try for a year I think.  Children are not "soon" as in months away, but more like a year or two... So yeah, this would actually be a pretty good option. :)

 
I'm in the same camp of "got on the pill in my teens because...." I now know exactly when it's coming, that it will last five days and won't require my sleeping next to my toilet.

Don't smoke, be aware of what other medicines you might take which could interfere with the pills... and I bet you will be happy on the pill. :)  Also, way easier to stop and get hormones out of your system in order to get pregnant.
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« Reply #20 on: September 05, 2011, 04:36:45 pm »
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I'd recommend finding one if you can. If doctor bills are an issue for you, maybe you could a find a women's health clinic or midwife center in your area? Often they'll charge on a sliding scale based on income.

 
I think we do have a women's health clinic... And yeah, it's the doctor bills that are the issue.  I just got a new job, so I don't have very many hours right now.
I think it'd be good for my health to get checked out every now and then.

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« Reply #21 on: September 05, 2011, 04:41:09 pm »
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I'm in the same camp of "got on the pill in my teens because...." I now know exactly when it's coming, that it will last five days and won't require my sleeping next to my toilet.

Don't smoke, be aware of what other medicines you might take which could interfere with the pills... and I bet you will be happy on the pill. :)  Also, way easier to stop and get hormones out of your system in order to get pregnant.

 
Oh gods, that sounds like heaven.  I'd love to know exactly when it's going to come. haha The past two weeks have just been so angsty waiting for it!

Yep, I don't smoke nor plan to ever start.  Just gotta make an appt. at the health clinic here sometime...  I think everyone that posted about BCP have damn near convinced me to start! haha It was something always in the back of my mind for a year or so. And now, as I sit here on a painful period, it's starting to sink in.

So, back to your last statement, is it easy to get pregnant soon after you stop the pill? Just lookin' ahead.

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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #22 on: September 05, 2011, 04:50:33 pm »
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I think we do have a women's health clinic... And yeah, it's the doctor bills that are the issue.  I just got a new job, so I don't have very many hours right now.
I think it'd be good for my health to get checked out every now and then.


I'll strongly suggest checking with your county health department and/or Planned Parenthood. With the state of women's health care these days thanks to all the defunding (thank you, Congress-NOT), those programs that are still running deserve all the support they can get--and that means USING them if they're available and you qualify. Planned Parenthood WAS my GYN for several years when I was working but underinsured. Sliding scale is de rigeur for them, which is very helpful as well. Even if you can't get care for free, they'll work out a payment plan with you. Wonderful organization. (Wish I could work for THEM. Sadly, two of our local clinics have been closed due to lack of funding and the third has had its hours of operations slashed--and the last time I was there, folks were sitting on folding chairs in the hallway, waiting to be seen.)

I need to get away from the soapbox. Just wanted to point out a couple of options you might not otherwise have considered.
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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #23 on: September 05, 2011, 05:58:50 pm »
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My periods come within 5-7 days of the last one... so, sometimes I'm a week late and it's "normal" although it freaks me out.


 
I hope you meant within 5-7 days of your last 28 day cycle, and not 5-7 days after the last period ended.  Because if it is 5-7 days after the last period that you have another you need to get to a Gyn and have the doc look into it.  

Back in my 20's, I dealt with that for a very short time before I ended up at the doc's office. He gave me a hormone shot and the bleeding stopped within a few days then 6 weeks later I was back on a normal cycle.  He also ordered lab work for a hormone screening and told me that I was a tad high for testosterone but within normal limits.  

Unfortunately, I didn't have insurance or piles of money to pursue it further and without either, I couldn't find a doc willing to do further tests.  A few years before the period from hell I call it, I had started growing facial hair.  So combine that with being told that you're a bit on the high side for testosterone, you start to wonder.

I've been told that high testosterone levels may be the reason why both my daughters were born premature and the reason why I've had several miscarriages.  And now to top it off, I'm in my mid 40's and have already reached menopause and if I don't keep up with it can grow a very nice goatee.  

For your cramps, I recommend Midol, hot water bottles or heating pads, hot baths and maybe a drink.

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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #24 on: September 05, 2011, 08:27:08 pm »
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So, back to your last statement, is it easy to get pregnant soon after you stop the pill? Just lookin' ahead.

 
http://www.webmd.com/hw-popup/getting-pregnant-after-stopping-birth-control

Check it out.

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About half of women get pregnant in the first 3 months after stopping the Pill, and most women get pregnant within 12 months after stopping the Pill.


Depending on the type of hormone pill, you technically can get pregnant right away after stopping (hence the need to take one pill every day). It's recommended you have a full menstrual cycle after stopping and before trying to get pregnant.
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« Reply #25 on: September 05, 2011, 08:45:13 pm »
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Anyway, there, you'll find a lot of suggestions for nourishing infusions (on the theory that better nourishment helps a lot of small problems get better). One herb that some people find useful - though it shouldn't be used day in-day out for long periods of time - is red raspberry, which is a classic uterine tonic. But that may or may not actually help *you* - as above, it depends a lot on what's underlying the cramping.


I've had luck with a yarrow/shepherd's purse tea that I used from the time my son was five right up until I had an endometrial ablation last year.  It helped with the cramps and heavy bleeding - the only other thing that worked as well for cramps was prescription strength Naproxen.
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« Reply #26 on: September 05, 2011, 09:28:17 pm »
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Yes.  Menstruation is a gift.  But it's bloody painful. (pun... hah...)

I get horrible cramps when it comes around, and before I pop some pills I'm determined to try something natural this time.

I'm not sure...  Any suggestions for -natural- remedies?  Is there anything that works other than pills, pills, and more pills?

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I use to have to take RX pain pills for my cramps, I would vomit from the pain for hours. Talk about fun weee (really need a sarcasim smiley). After I got knocked up and vomited for 8 months straight. Not kidding lost 80 lb and all the enamal on my teeth. The cramps became more managable with advil, most of the time, once or twice a year they are so again so bad that I need to call in at work.

Now, that said and said badly ( I just woke up headache and no coffee yet) I have found that a few days before my cycle starts if I drink a tea with a mixture of equal parts cramp bark and rose hips really help. Now, I know that the rose hips are high in Vit C, cramp bark well cramps. I make a big container of this so I have  two ounces of each, and then I add two ounces of peppermint. The peppermint is easy on the stomach, and I also find the cramp bark and rose hips have little or no flavor, so the peppermint makes it taste better.

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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #27 on: September 05, 2011, 10:12:31 pm »
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I'll strongly suggest checking with your county health department and/or Planned Parenthood. With the state of women's health care these days thanks to all the defunding (thank you, Congress-NOT), those programs that are still running deserve all the support they can get--and that means USING them if they're available and you qualify. Planned Parenthood WAS my GYN for several years when I was working but underinsured. Sliding scale is de rigeur for them, which is very helpful as well. Even if you can't get care for free, they'll work out a payment plan with you. Wonderful organization. (Wish I could work for THEM. Sadly, two of our local clinics have been closed due to lack of funding and the third has had its hours of operations slashed--and the last time I was there, folks were sitting on folding chairs in the hallway, waiting to be seen.)

I need to get away from the soapbox. Just wanted to point out a couple of options you might not otherwise have considered.


Yeah, I see.  We do have Planned Parenthood here. It'd be the first place I'd check out, cosidering that I'm uninsured with a small paycheck.

And is it bad that I read "soapbox" as "sandbox"? Geez. And I thought to myself for a minute "Sandbox...I never heard that expression before..."

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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #28 on: September 05, 2011, 10:16:49 pm »
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I hope you meant within 5-7 days of your last 28 day cycle, and not 5-7 days after the last period ended.  Because if it is 5-7 days after the last period that you have another you need to get to a Gyn and have the doc look into it.  

Back in my 20's, I dealt with that for a very short time before I ended up at the doc's office. He gave me a hormone shot and the bleeding stopped within a few days then 6 weeks later I was back on a normal cycle.  He also ordered lab work for a hormone screening and told me that I was a tad high for testosterone but within normal limits.  

Unfortunately, I didn't have insurance or piles of money to pursue it further and without either, I couldn't find a doc willing to do further tests.  A few years before the period from hell I call it, I had started growing facial hair.  So combine that with being told that you're a bit on the high side for testosterone, you start to wonder.

I've been told that high testosterone levels may be the reason why both my daughters were born premature and the reason why I've had several miscarriages.  And now to top it off, I'm in my mid 40's and have already reached menopause and if I don't keep up with it can grow a very nice goatee.  

For your cramps, I recommend Midol, hot water bottles or heating pads, hot baths and maybe a drink.

 
Ah! yes, yes... Within 5-7 of my last cycle.  Like last month I started on the 1st, this month I started on the 5th.  That did sound confusing. :o

Oh goodness... The things that a hormone imbalance can do.  I'm sorry to hear about the trouble you're going through with that..

Mmm...heating pads. I need to buy a nice one of those, too.

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« Reply #29 on: September 05, 2011, 10:20:21 pm »
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I use to have to take RX pain pills for my cramps, I would vomit from the pain for hours. Talk about fun weee (really need a sarcasim smiley). After I got knocked up and vomited for 8 months straight. Not kidding lost 80 lb and all the enamal on my teeth. The cramps became more managable with advil, most of the time, once or twice a year they are so again so bad that I need to call in at work.

Now, that said and said badly ( I just woke up headache and no coffee yet) I have found that a few days before my cycle starts if I drink a tea with a mixture of equal parts cramp bark and rose hips really help. Now, I know that the rose hips are high in Vit C, cramp bark well cramps. I make a big container of this so I have  two ounces of each, and then I add two ounces of peppermint. The peppermint is easy on the stomach, and I also find the cramp bark and rose hips have little or no flavor, so the peppermint makes it taste better.

 
Oh geez. That doesn't sound like fun AT ALL... ):

And that tea sounds like a good suggestion.  The thing is.. -sigh- I don't even know when my cycle is going to come anymore.  It's irregular and has been for as long as I've been sexually active (is that weird?).  

Still thinking BCP to clear up the irregularness...

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