So, as it turns out, men don’t read my blogs. To be fair, I don’t think my husband reads them. He dutifully likes and shares them but I don’t think he gets much past the first sentence.
With this in mind, this blog makes me smile. This is about periods. I’m hoping that, despite the title men will read this. I doubt it though!
Over the last couple of days I have snapped. Snap, snap, snap. Snap at everyone. Snapped at family, snapped at friends, snapped on the school-run. I didn’t realise I was snapping until 9:23am this morning when my period came and it all made sense. Why don’t I see it coming? Every month, without fail, it catches me by surprise. The signs are always there: the sore boobs, the spots that hit the mirror, the fatigue and the mood changes but I can never manage to see the ‘whole’ me. I also never have any tampons.
And then it comes. Not sure if it is my age or having had three children but my periods are now quite tremendous. The blood loss seems and feels far more than a teaspoon; it leaves my body with such force. Whilst it now only lasts for a couple of days, it requires full-time attention to manage it. It is impossible to be away from a toilet for more than half an hour which has a huge impact for work and travel.
I hope that some open-minded men read this. I know there are an abundance of jokes out there about periods and PMT and yes, we get them every month so we ought to be used to them but they are tough and they seem to be getting tougher (or I’m just getting older).
I am currently sat here with spots on my chin the size of my son’s head, a sanitary towel so thick that it’s like having a duvet between my legs and bazooka boobs as tender as marshmallows.
To anyone who has crossed my path in the last 48 hours … sorry.
To anyone concerned I was looking bit washed out today … it’s my period.
To all the wonderful men out there … we know it’s PMT but telling us doesn’t make it stop.
I love being a woman, I am proud to be a woman but I bloody hate periods!
Women, please feel free to comment or add to this tirade. Men, thank you for reading!