My period is out of control and I keep bleeding on things
June 12, 2014 7:19 AM Subscribe
I am dying of embarrassment. Please help. I have really heavy periods and in the last couple of years, I can't contain the blood. I need some practical solutions. Metafilter is where I can ask for help with the grossest body things, right? This is so embarrassing I don't even know who to talk to.
posted by Sockish American to Health & Fitness (77 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I am in my 30s, I have kids, and I have already discussed this with two doctors, who found nothing wrong medically (fibroids, PCOS, etc.) ..... I just have really heavy periods. I always have, but in the last two years, I've started having problems where I can't contain the blood! Usually during the daytime I wear a tampon AND a maxipad and change the tampon every 4 hours or more often, and I STILL end up leaking and staining all my underwear ..... and pants ..... and couch. That was the last straw - this morning I stained the couch, for the third time. All my sheets, my mattress ..... any pants I wear during my period are going to become victims ..... I'm basically becoming afraid to leave the house during my period because I have no idea when I'm going to leak and stain my nice pants or (nnnnnnngggggggh) someone's chair.
At this point I am trying to always sit and sleep on a medical pad like they put under you at the hospital, waterproof on the bottom, but I can't take one with me to leave the house and this is ridiculous. I've been menstruating for 20 years and never had this problem.
What do I do? Is it simply a matter of switching brands? Do I need to go back to my doctors? What specific words do I use? They were basically like, this is unpleasant but not a medical problem. I want to stop bleeding on everything, I am open to just about any solutions, medical, practical, anything.
I am not interested in a DivaCup. I am not currently on hormonal birth control. We are probably done having children but not for certain. I can answer more questions, I'm not sure what else is relevant.