I’d recommend getting a new doctor if you aren’t comfortable going to see your current care provider. You can usually request a female doctor when you make a switch. Typically, you can call your insurance company and tell them you’re seeking a new doctor. They can give you a list of doctors within your network, and you can choose one or be randomly assigned one with your gender choice in mind (at least in the US).
Unfortunately, as much as I wish I could help you there isn’t really much anybody can do for you over the internet. Somebody who knows your medical history and has a license to practice medicine is really the only way you can find out what is really going on and rule out anything major.
That being said, it is normal for your period to change over the course of your life. It is not normal for it to be unbearable, so if you’re able to I would definitely seek the advice of a (new) doctor or even visit your local Planned Parenthood.
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As far as menstrual cups go, how comfortable they are varies from person-to-person and from brand-to-brand. The key is really to find a cup that is the right size for you and to put it in correctly. Also, don’t be afraid to trim the bottom down if it is poking you a bit, (just be sure not to snip into the cup itself) Once this happens, you may forget it is even there.
Finding the right cup for you is best done by doing a bit of research. Most come in multiple sizes for people with different flows and for people who have given birth. Do a bit of research on the different brands and follow their sizing guide to find what is right for you. Here is a very helpful guide to finding the right sized cup that might help as well.
To clean a menstrual cup, simply boil it. Between boiling, you can just rinse it in the sink and re-insert.
If you have any other questions about this, feel free to ask! I switched to a cup over two years ago, so I’m a long-time user at this point.
Remember that amazing “Camp Gyno” video that went viral a couple of months back featuring a little girl who gets her period at camp and teaches the other campers about it? The revolutionary commercial did an awesome job of smashing through a lot of the taboos surrounding menstruation. We didn’t just have young person in a white dress get their period, twirl around, and spill blue liquid all over a pad. Instead, “Camp Gyno” offered us a surprisingly hilarious look at first-periods that even mentioned vaginas!
Since then, HelloFlo has been doing some amazing work spreading their period-positive message. Recently, they even teamed up with Zana Africa, an organization making and distributing low-cost pads in places where girls would otherwise miss school while menstruating. For every 3 or 6-month subscription sold, HelloFlo donates sanitary supplies to one school aged girl in Kenya for a full school year.
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Along with the tampons and liners came a cute bag to keep everything in and a large and amazingly tasty dark chocolate bar.
As you may have noticed from the picture above, HelloFlo offers subscribers the option of going organic with their products. Here on BCIAW we’ve written extensively about how harmful the chemicals in many menstrual products can be to your general and reproductive health, so having an option like this is simply wonderful.
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Well, birth control could actually really help. Hormonal contraception does a great job of regulating periods, and many forms of birth control even decrease or stop menstruation while you are taking it. I would of course recommend speaking with either your GYN or primary care provider about your periods though. They will be able to give you the best advice based upon any other symptoms you may have and your medical history.
As far as dealing with heavy periods go, I would highly recommend giving menstrual cups a chance. They can make dealing with long and heavy periods a lot more bearable.