Heavy bleeding really sucks. The constant worry of it seeping through your clothes, that weird hot flood of blood when you stand up, the extreme lethargy! Many women end up too scared to leave the house as a result. But how much is too much? I have a medical reference book that says “if periods are reported as unacceptably heavy, then they are”!
Our hormones are constantly changing in response to our external and internal environment. The reproductive hormones follow a general pattern called the menstrual cycle for most people while they're of a certain age range. Having balanced hormones is a colloquialism for meaning having hormones that don't cause us any trouble. It has very little to do with the actual levels of our hormones we might expect to see on any test results.
1. Hurt so much you can't do what you want.
2. Bleed so much you have to wear two types of protection at once.
3. Last longer than 8 days
4. Leave you feeling weak
5. Be shorter than 3 days
Fibroids are an extremely common issue. There are reports of up to 25 percent of women in their reproductive years having fibroids, but in reality, there are far more whose symptoms are undetectable or haven’t been reported.
Fibroids can cause issues such as painful, heavy periods or fertility issues. They are seen as being fed by an excess of strong oestrogen. We see them as relating to a much more complex array of emotional and lifestyle influences that can be shifted to support the presentation of this often debilitating symptomology.
“I don't care if they take time off. I just don’t want to know about it.”
I asked a friend's husband if women should get time off for period pain. He’s a senior something or other at Deloitte, flies around a lot, works too many hours and manages lots of people. I expected Dave (we’ll call him Dave) to be as opposed to the concept of menstrual leave as all the other people I’d spoken to - the midwives, doctors, lawyers, mortgage brokers… the proffesional friends in my life, who don’t get the benefit of ‘free-range’ hours, and couldn’t just take a day off without a valid excuse.