When I was young and I couldn’t control when my periods were happening, I would miss school from the pain. I resisted starting birth control because I was afraid that it would make people think I was “easy”. But then when I started taking birth control I thought “Why didn’t I do this before?”
These days the birth control tablets don’t work as well as they used to. I have as much pain as I used to when I was young. The only thing that the birth control does is allow me to have fewer periods. Fewer periods = less pain.
These days I organise my periods around my life, which means when I have time off work – the Diamond Jubilee weekend for instance when I am planning to relax – I have a period so that I don’t have to take time off work as sick from my pain.
I’m hoping that the period I have this weekend will be my last. Oh dear God, I hope it’s my very last!