I like to consider myself pretty low maintenance in the scheme of things. I don't do any real stuff for my skin, and use cheap soaps and shampoos. My makeup comes from the drugstore, and I'm not into all sorts of vitamins and meds all the time.
And this is where the warning comes up. This is gonna contain a ton of talk about my cycle and bits. If you wanna be a weenie, go away.
I've been getting my period like clockwork since I was ten. The only times I've ever not gotten it right on time is either when I was pregnant, or twice because my stress levels were through the roof. In fact, I got the IUD I currently have (and plan to stick with, but more on that in a minute) because it would not remove my period.
However, even though it was regular, and my flow has never been super incredibly heavy, I have also always had absolutely intense pain during my period. When I was a teenager, and trying to tell my mother about it, she would say she was going to call the doctor, and never did because she didn't want to feel like she had to get an exam herself as well. By the time I could have called and found a doctor myself, I was pregnant, and had to go for that anyway.
While in high school, I would often have to go home early because the pain was so bad, and considering my own pain tolerance on a normal basis, should say something about how extreme my period has been. Once I got my IUD, one of the most common side effects was heavier period cramping, and I still decided on it, because the pros to me outweighed the cons so much.
Well, it turned into me feeling like I was in labor for several days every month. I would take pain meds, and it was like a roll of the dice every time to see if they would even work.
Recently, I decided that I'm done with this level of pain, and I needed to find something that would make it a little easier. I picked up a heating pad, but before that, I started taking tumeric. It's supposed to help with inflammation, and can help with cramping and lighten flow.
A month later, I get no warning cramps to say my period is going to happen like I normally would. A few days later, and my period arrives with no other physical symptoms. The next day, I should be in excruciating pain, but feel my uterus contracting with no cramps. It's the weirdest feeling ever.
Eventually, I did feel some cramping, but nothing near what I had the month before, and a dose of ibuprofen took care of it without issue. My period was also a day shorter than normal.
I may be low maintenance about almost everything, but if one supplement a day means my period is tolerable and I can function better through it, I'm all about it.
Slowly, I may be becoming a crotchety old hippie.