It’s no secret that the author of blog is one outspoken woman. In fact her openness to write about subject matters in a woman’s daily life is a quality I admire about her blog. This respect is probably a feeling shared by a lot of people as well, if you go by the number of her blog subscribers.
In this article she posted, she talked about one topic that is weirdly taboo to most people: bleeding and menstruation. Considering that it is a monthly occurrence to all biologically born women, menstruation is not a widely discussed theme. I even had to research what she was talking about.
It’s important to understand that the experience of menstruation isn’t the same for every person with a uterus. Some women have a lucky sign on their foreheads, and were probably born under the perfect alignment of the stars and the moon. These women have a regular five to seven day period that occurs every twenty eight days, without them feeling the need to reach for any medicinal help. They even get to wear white bottoms.
However, other women who have irregular menstrual cycles experience dysmenorrhea during this period. For those who are not familiar with this term (are you from this universe?), this is a menstrual pain that women experience around the time of their cycle. It may not be enough justification to start snapping at people, but it does hurt a lot. You hear stories of women just wanting to get comfortable pajamas and cuddling up in their beds, and why would they not? You try having your uterus lining shed and we’ll see how you deal with it.
There are cases when it’s not only painful, but severe bleeding occurs with it as well. As she wrote in the blog post, this is what the author experienced when she was younger. She was diagnosed with endometriosis, a gynecological condition which causes pelvic pains and painful menstruation. Though she underwent surgery for it, the pain and bleeding eventually returned. Aunt Flo, as she endearingly calls her period, usually led her to reach for a pain reliever.
The author told very graphic details of embarrassing experiences when she would bleed like crazy and stain the surfaces she sat on. A combination of extreme pain and severe bleeding? Yikes. For sure her experience was no joke, but her witty writing makes it all sound funny.
She then started using a birth control device called Mirena to help control her hormones. Though she bled furiously at first when the device was installed, she eventually came to love how it worked wonderfully in its task. She proudly said she has been mostly blood free since 2001. Women all over the world would be envious.
But times had changed and she needed to take it out. Though it kind of makes sense to bleed so much after all the years she didn’t, at the time of writing, it’s already the fifth day and still the blood flow continues.
Because she read that it’s normal to have the Mirena taken out and bleed for as long as several weeks, she hasn’t felt the need to the doctor yet. Of course this article was back in 2010, and we can only hope that she’s not experiencing the same pain anymore.