Can we get really real today? Not like I’m not already really real here on this blog or anything hahaha. But today I want to talk a little bit about periods and that makes some people super uncomfortable for whatever reason. I think that’s kind of unfortunate because it’s just a normal part of life for most people with uteruses. Sure they can be kinda gross. As someone who’s been menstruating for about 10 years now I can personally attest to that. But there’s nothing weird or wrong or shameful about that, and if anyone thinks otherwise, they can go ahead and fuck right off.
This is kind of unrelated, but I just reminded myself of one of my all time favorite quotes from Billie Joe Armstrong;
I am a firm believer in telling assholes to fuck off.
Anyway, back to what I originally wanted to talk about…
Periods. They suck. And I think a lot of people who don’t menstruate may not know that, for some people at least, the week or so before you actually get your period sucks even worse. That’s right, I’m talking about the always wonderful PMS (sarcasm. So much sarcasm.). Most of the symptoms of PMS come from hormonal changes, and by they time most people actually start menstruating their hormones level out and the symptoms of PMS usually go away. I know that’s probably not true for some people, but I’m speaking from personal experience here; I’m usually super stoked when my periods start because that means the tiredness, excessive hunger, nausea (that’s right, nausea is a symptom of PMS), breast tenderness, irritability, and all of that other fun stuff (more sarcasm. Apparently I’m just full of it today), tend to go away, and all I’m usually left with is a little bit of cramping for the first day or so of my period, and a little bit of bloating. So really nothing too bad.
Now just a quick note, I am on birth control, so I could choose not to have a period if I wanted to. I did that once because a doctor that I ended up not really liking basically told me I should I do it because there was no reason for me to be having one. ( You do that by skipping the week you’re suppose to take the “reminder” pills and starting a new pack of birth control instead). Tried it. Hated it. Got a new doctor who I like much better and is much more supportive of the decisions I make with my body.
Anyway, like I said, usually the week before my period sucks ass. Mostly because I’m just so freaking tired, but that all goes away once my period starts. But sometimes that doesn’t happen and I end up being super crazy tired during my period as well. This doesn’t happen very often though, which is nice, but I’m definitely experiencing it this time around. Like, I got a decent night of sleep, but I still didn’t want to get up this morning and I definitely don’t want to do anything. Yesterday I did the whole “sit around and do nothing but watch Netflix” thing. And that’s all fine and good to do every once in a while, because honestly that just makes you more tired. The best cure for pre-menstrual/menstrual tiredness? Exercise. Go figure, right? It’s like, the last thing you want to do when you feel tired, irritable, and gross….
Actually I lied, I did spend most of yesterday not doing anything, but I did do 15 minutes of strength work and then spent about 45 minutes on my stationary bike. That was all fine and good, and it did help a little bit, but what I really probably should have done was run. I just couldn’t bring myself to actually go do it though. So the stationary bike seemed like a decent compromise to make with myself.
But I also told myself that if I was going to skip my run yesterday that I’d definitely have to run today, which was my plan, until it snowed again. Now if you’ve been reading this blog for a while you might already know that I love the snow and thing running in it is the most fun thing ever! Which it totally is!! But last Monday or possibly Wednesday when I did just that, I think I might have landed weird and hurt my right foot. It wasn’t anything too bad, but it does feel a little bit sore and I don’t think running on more snow would be very good for it at this point, so I guess I’m going to be hitting the stationary bike again today. Ugh, boring…but I guess I kinda did it to myself haha. Oh well. I’ll get over it. 😉 Plus I am grateful that I’m lucky enough to actually have a stationary bike at home for when things like this happen. But I also think I’m still allowed to think that the stationary bike is super duper boring. 😉
But anyway, that’s what’s going on with me today and I just felt like I needed to do a tiny bit of complaining. Plus I feel like it’s kind of important to be open about talking about periods and other normal bodily functions. There have been times in my life where I was made to feel shameful about my body because of menstruation and that’s absolute bullshit. It’s a totally normal thing and I think it’s important to talk about it so other girls and women know that they’re not alone in experiencing these things, and that there’s no reason to feel shame or disgust or anything of that nature about their body. I mean, being a woman can all ready be hard enough without feeling all of those things.
I know I’m kinda getting on a soapbox here, but it just brings me back to high school when teenage boys would pick on a girl and then ask say she must be on her period when she got pissed at him. Or asking another boy if he needs a tampon if he shows any shred of normal human emotion. Why are teenage boys such assholes?! And I’m not saying that teenage girls aren’t, but in this instance it’s usually the boys saying shit like that. But I digress…
If I can make one person feel a little more comfortable about the whole menstruation situation just by talking about it, I would be one happy camper.
But that’s all I’ve got for now, so Happy Tuesday, everyone!