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  • Aunt Flo......

    How many of you have worse symptoms at that time of the month? Seems like I always forget from month to month how bad it can get, and then, BAM!....hits me like a brick wall. My periods have always been very painful/heavy. My bladder ALWAYS flares horribly, feels like my bladder is on fire!!!! So far this morning, I've been in the bathroom oh, a million times.

    Sometimes I wonder if tampons, as opposed to pads, make it worse? Definatley a question to pose to my Uro. next visit.

    I wish i could just curl up in bed with a heating pad and a novel.....sigh. I'm a stay-at-home mom to a 2yr old, so forget that as an option, lol. But I will inform the laundry, vacuuming, and dishes, that they will most likely be neglected today.

    Wishing you all a lovely day.


  • #2

    my aunt flo just left yesterday.
    and i too have come to the conculsion...that tampons...increase my frequency.
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    • #3
      I too was much more symptomatic around ovulation, PMS and the first day of my period, ugh, it was horrible. I also found that for me, using tampons seemed to aggrivate it, so as much as I hated to, I started using only pads. As my symptoms in general started getting under control, I was able to use them again, but for the first year or so I stuck with pads. Was just way too uncomfortable for me with tampons, yikes. lol
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      • #4
        I never heard the expression "Aunt Flo" before. It's funny.

        Tampons definitely make things worse for me.
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        • #5

          My IC is always muchw orse around my period... its also worse with tampons. I haven't used a tampon since I first got IC (even before I was diagnosed I found out tampons were BAD for me)


          • #6
            thanks alot kiddos.....

            I appreciate your feedback about this concern. It helps to know others experience similar symptoms during "that time".

            much love,


            • #7
              2 weeks before that rotten Aunt of mine comes to visit she sends her baggage, and it just kills me until the 2nd day, unless I use corks.. if I use a cork I can kiss any kind of pain relief out the window, so I still to pads, no pain is worth the comfort of not wearing a diaper... I feel your pain.. Hope it gets better .