Warning. This blog is not for the faint hearted. This blog discusses some very very sensitive, serious, thou shall not be named events of the female body. Beware and proceed with caution……
Okay this one is for you, girl! Yes you! Since you started sprouting underarm hair you’ve dealt with me. I’m that pesky, uninvited, stays too long, drains your energy friend, who only comes to say;
‘Hi! Yes, you’re a woman, no, you’re not pregnant and of course, you can have that block of chocolate!”
That “time of the month”, a “visit from Aunt Flo”, being “on your rags” (eww), or as one of my eloquent friends calls it, “a crimescene in your pants”! I’m going to be chatting about your period, and a discovery which may actually change your life.
For something that happens so often in the female life, it is STILL not an open and comfortable thing to discuss. All jokes aside, it is very important to the female body and indicates a tremendous amount about our health.
For many of us our cycle is not as simple as getting a light-medium bleed every 28 days with no pain. Hormones, stress, body weight, diet and many other factors contribute to some strange things. Your cycle may be shorter or much longer than the often quoted 28 days, you may have spotting during your cycle, ovulation pain, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Endometriosis, the list goes on.
A staggering 90% of women suffer from period pain and this varies in intensity from woman to woman. Let me open up a little about my personal story.
I got my first period when I was 12. I chatted to my Mum about it when it happened, and it was just something that was a part of life when you were a grown up girl. For me, I had horrible pain with my period every month. Excruciating pain in my back, in my lower tummy, bloating, stabbing knife feels, ugh! Not good! But I wasn’t alone. My girlfriends all had painful periods too and some of them started going onto the contraceptive pill to stop the pain. So, when I was 15, after 3 years of monthly suffering, I went to my doctor and I did the same. I didn’t know what the pill actually did back then, that it completely stopped ovulation and a proper cycle. I was just stoked that I barely had any pain with my period! Hooray!
Years down the track, I have been off the pill in my nearly 31 year old body for 5 years. And HELLO pain! How are you my old friend?! As badly as it was when I was a teenager, the monthly pain was back.
I learned to live with this. Taking a cocktail of nurofen, washed down with Panadol and magnesium, resting and just suffering through like so many other women.
Over a year ago, after already 12 months of trying to get pregnant, my fertility specialist told me she suspected I had Endometriosis. A growing of the uterus tissue outside the uterus, causing horrible period pain, bloating, digestion trouble and often infertility. The only way to confirm a woman has Endo is through a procedure called a Laparoscopy, where a camera goes in through the belly button and if Endo is found, it is either cut or burnt away then and there while you are under anaesthetic. My laparoscopy was set for the 30th March 2020! Finally some answers….. but….enter COVID19!
With all elective surgery being postponed, so was mine. As restrictions lift I will be able to get a new date soon, when the urgent elective surgeries have been done.
So, for the time being again, I was dealing with usual period pain. But then, something enters my life, which I was not ready for! Waiting at stage left for the big reveal…… a new, gamechanger in the period world, meet, OVIRA!
If you know me, you’ll know I am not a “sell out”. I take what I recommend super seriously and will only recommend something I have tried and truly believe in.
So firstly, what the heck is Ovira? Okay, Ovira is a Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) device. Remember using a TENS machine in physio for your back pain?? Electrotherapy, seen with TENS devices works by stimulating the nerves at point of contact and overloading the brains pain receptors.
Two sticky pads (Ovira calls them the love handles) are placed on your lower tummy or lower back, over nerve roots that supply the sensory fibres to the uterus. These love handles send small electrical vibrations that overload the nerves and stop pain signals travelling to your brain, as well as causing the muscles in the uterine area to relax. Ahhhh!
Alrighty, so this is the information I read about Ovira before I tried it. I thought, “hmmm lets see” (in my sceptical brain voice).
When I first got my period last month it was Monday afternoon. I had an online Pilates class to teach in 2 hours time, and an online hardcore abs class to teach Tuesday morning. Joy…..
Before my Pilates class I opened my Ovira packet all excited like, and saw I was supposed to charge it! Dammit! I had my class to teach anyway so I put Ovira on charge, took one nurofen before the Pilates class, then straight after, set Ovira to work.
I put the two sticky pads on my lower tummy, turned her on and pressed up on the setting to get to a level where I could feel the vibrations. To be honest, it was like a massive comfort and hug to my whole pelvis area! Like a hot water bottle, but like 100 x better! I didn’t get the pain and contractions I normally do, so I decided nervously to not take anymore pain killers. Totally living on the wild side! I had the Ovira on for several hours until I went to bed and felt fine. When I woke up the next morning I had some dull pain and again, I put the Ovira on for two hours and holy cow, I can literally say for me, I had 10% of the pain I usually get. Tuesday morning I taught my mega hard online abs class without Ovira on, and then had Ovira on for the rest of Tuesday without pain. And that was it! I didn’t need her again Tuesday night, Wednesday, nothing.
My review of the Ovira is that it helped my usual period pain immensely, without having to take Panadol and nurofen together every 4-5 hours for the first 2-3 days of my period. It is easy to wear under clothing, is silent, and simple to charge. At $159 AUD I think this is definitely something to invest in if you have bad period pain.
A definite game changer and secret weapon for women!!
As it is a TENS machine, if you’re not sure, check with GP, as Ovira is not suitable for use for people with a pacemaker, implanted defibrillator etc.
As mentioned, this is my personal experience and my own opinions.