I do not personally, but I am sure many of my followers can help you out. If you feel comfortable doing so, I would also recommend considering a menstrual cup.
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Hormonal birth control does not generally stop menstruation, but it is used to regulate it. Although there are some methods (like Mirena) that could lighten your period or make it go away temporarily, birth control pills usually do not do this.
If your period is causing these health issues and your doctor thinks this is the best way to treat it, I would recommend giving it a try. As far as I know, there is nothing else that will help regulate your period in this way, and it sounds like you are dealing with some pretty severe symptoms.
As far as “messing with hormones” go, your body usually goes right back to its normal state soon after discontinuing whatever method you are using. I would recommend speaking with your doctor more about this concern. They might be able to give you specific suggestions and information to help ease this anxiety.
The cup is meant to shape to the inside of your body, so when it is inserted it won’t be the exact same shape as when you are holding it before putting it in. If it isn’t opening all the way and making a seal, try putting it in just so the bottom sits at the vaginal entrance. Twist the cup as you push it in farther and do some kegels to get it into the right place. It should open up on its own at that point. Running your fingers along the rim while its inserted and after you’ve made the seal could potentially break that seal if you aren’t careful. If there is no leaking you’re probably doing it right!
If you have had unprotected sex, you should take a pregnancy test just in case. It could just be an irregular period, but it is worth taking a test to be sure and to ease your mind.
My apologies that this one got lost in my inbox. I hope you’ve found your answers elsewhere, but if not I’m here to help. At your age, it is normal and common for your period to be irregular. There are a lot of things that can make you miss your period- stress, physical activity, life changes, etc. If you have had sex, I would suggest taking a pregnancy test. If you have have not, calling up your doctor (or even the Planned Parenthood hotline) and talking to them about what is going on is a good idea. If you aren’t already on it, hormonal birth control may help to regulate your period and is worth bringing up to your medical provider.
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Why track your period?
There are a lot of reasons people track their periods. Whether it is because you are noting when you ovulate, want to be able to tell your doctor, or you simply want to be able to know when you’re next period will arrive, tracking your period can help make that happen.
The menstrual cycle varies from person to person (21-35 days), but tracking can help pin down exactly when menstruation and ovulation may occur. It is not an exact science, but it can be especially helpful for those looking to either prevent pregnancy or conceive.
How do you do it?
With all of the apps and online helpers out there, tracking your menstrual cycle is easier than ever. To start, mark down the first day of you period on your calendar. If you want to get a little more into it, track each day of your period. It may also be worth it to note what your flow is light (heavy or light) and what other related symptoms you have (mood, cravings, pain, etc). Even more in-depth tracking involves noting when you have sex, you basal body temperature, your cervical mucus, or even the position of the cervix. Its all up to you and can be customized for whatever purposes you need to track for.
Apps & Software to Help
There are a wealth of applications out there to help you track your period, and all of them do more or less the same thing. Some of the more popular apps are Period Diary, iPeriod, and Period Tracker (and the lite version). I would recommend checking out the reviews for each to see which aligns best with what you would use it for before purchasing. Although they are very similar, they do offer variations of different tracking options for moods, symptoms, notes, and ovulation.
If you’re not looking for an app, you can also use your own calendar to track. A lot of people find it easiest to use the calendar on their phone, computer, planner, or even wall to note their periods. If you’re writing it into a calendar manually, you might want to try coming up with some symbols to correspond with your mood, symptoms, etc. in order to best fit everything into a smaller area.
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