As you can probably tell by the title of this post. I’m going to be talking about how my menstrual cycle impacts on my Cerebral Palsy. I won’t be going into any of the ‘gory’ details but I will be talking about how it makes my muscles feel, and how my mother and I found which feminine hygiene products worked best for me. If you don’t want to read this I completely understand and I’ll see you next time.
I’ll be blunt. My period and my cerebral palsy do not get on. They are not friends and I don’t think they ever will be. Most months I go from being someone who likes to use her walking frame far more than her wheelchair, to being someone who likes to leave her walker at home and take my wheelchair as much as possible.
I’m pretty sure most women get cramps. Ladies, I’m sure you know the ones I’m talking about, but I get more than that too. You see, it’s not just my stomach that hurts, but my legs too. I get pain that makes its way deep into my bones, or that’s what it feels like. I get far more pain in my legs than I do in my tummy, so I often spend a couple of days with a hot wheat bag on my lap and trying to move as little as possible. Although sometimes, the aches mean I feel like I need to move around more to try get rid of them, which ends up making it worse.
I used to get a lot of pain in my lower back when I was younger too, but that seems toyear have passed now.
When I started my periods, my mum admitted that she’d been apprehensive about it for a while. I was lss able then than I am now, and stood knock-kneed because I was yet to have the surgery that would later correct that.
As a result, putting sanitary towels on wasn’t easy. Because my legs often naturally stuck quite close together, the pads would often slip and move around. So we tried winged ones and they worked a lot better, and got the ones that were larger in size so that I wouldn’t have to worry about leaking.
For the first few months, I found changing them on my own fiddly because of all the wrappers that were involved and wrapping the wings around my underwear, but, like they say, practice makes perfect and I have lots of that under my belt now.
The stomach cramps have lessened over the years, but the pain in my legs seems to gradually get worse. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because I’m more active these days?