I've always had really terrible, heavy periods. Their only positive quality is that they have been regular, for the most part, every 26 days. But they are intense and I get migraines, indigestion, cramps, back pain, and extreme mood swings, not to mention severe acne. That has definitely been wearing on me. I haven't taken birth control pills since I was 23 since they made me kind of crazy and made me feel that I wasn't inhabiting my own body; I am also icked out by their environmental impact. But now I'm on my second trip through a 16-day menstrual cycle with five days of heavy bleeding in each. This means that for every 10 days that I feel okay, I have six of PMS and bleeding. Today I bled so heavily that I filled my menstrual cup in the course of a two-hour class and by the time I got to the bathroom I had soaked through my clothes. So I'm thinking about the pill and, if I can ever finally get my head around it and accept it, am wondering what ones any of you have had success with. I'd be looking for something with the lowest dose possible. Are there any other alternatives? My supervisor and a friend both recommended an IUD but they scare me. I take iron supplements for anaemia already.
I've made an appointment with a doctor for a few weeks from now (earliest appointment I can get), though I'm likely going to an emergency clinic this week to get a sick leave from work for this and other reasons (crazy periods plus flu plus depression), so I plan on mentioning it then. So ultimately I will seek a doctor's advice, but I know that one option he/she will suggest is the pill, and I want to check in with the hive mind about this, first.