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Who Has Avoided a Competition that falls on the First Day of Your Period?

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  • #61
    No - in fact I remember when I was younger and it was pretty bad, I would hobble to the barn and ride in order to 'cure' the pain and agony. After 8 fences, it was wonderful, a miracle cure, actually. Riding was/is the best cure for cramps and feeling awful, as some people run for the same kind of relief. Nothing like it. Horses are really the best thing in a girl's life. So no, no stopping competing or riding for a period.
    My warmbloods have actually drunk mulled wine in the past. Not today though. A drunk warmblood is a surly warmblood. - WildandWickedWarmbloods


    • #62
      I plan around my period, which is annoying. But once I started tracking it I did find some relief in planning around my period. The week of my period I typically become overwhelmed with everything. Also, the first 3 days of my period I am dizzy and shaky. Jumping would be a joke. I still ride my horses, pop over some jumps, go to work. But I stay away from horse shows and trailering to lessons. It is just "too" much and pushing my self makes my period act up. It's just not worth the money to be dealing with it and at a horse show. I get that it sounds crazy to some people, but every body is different. If your doctor says there is no concern that I wouldn't worry about it.


      • #63
        Just cancelled one today because of it. I feel bad for the riding instructors so when I remember, I make sure to schedule ahead of time.


        • #64
          I think the only things I have planed around it were my wedding/honeymoon, and vacations that involve not many bathrooms (Beaches/long hikes) I don't know that I would cancel a show I really enjoyed because of it, but I do notice that it is much harder to find my fences at the beginning of Mother Nature's visit. It's your money, your body, and everyone's tolerance for their own cycle is different, so do what you gotta do!!!

          Side note, it's around this time that I start to truly appreiciate the rust breech :-P
          Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then ALWAYS be a unicorn.


          • #65
            Makes me love menopause even more! Thanks for the thread ladies......


            • #66
              Originally posted by grey_mare View Post
              I have a show I always love to attend. But this year I'm going to forego it, since it will be right on Day 1 of my cycle, and I'll just be too fatigued to cope. Anyone else ever strategically avoid a show so that you won't be in a less that desirable situation?
              Post-menopausal, but I wouldn't have avoided the show.

              How in the world can you tell your period is going to start on a certain day? I used to know within a few days, but could not predict with such accuracy. Certainly not closely enough to forego a show. The anticipation/stress could have made it come early, or not at all for a week ....
              "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." -- George Bernard Shaw


              • #67
                Originally posted by RPM View Post
                Post-menopausal, but I wouldn't have avoided the show.

                How in the world can you tell your period is going to start on a certain day? I used to know within a few days, but could not predict with such accuracy. Certainly not closely enough to forego a show. The anticipation/stress could have made it come early, or not at all for a week ....
                There's an app for that
                Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then ALWAYS be a unicorn.


                • #68
                  P Tracker Lite is a good one. It predicts based on a few months of input. I like having it because when I'm having an "off" day I check it to see if I'm getting close or whatnot.

                  I definitely housed a discount valentine box of chocolates the other day and was like, what the hell. Checked the app. 5 days out. Ok, uterus, I see what you're doing.


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                    • #70
                      My mind is boggled that someone knows when their period is going to start months or weeks from now and can plan accordingly. I don't mean that is a rude way - I have just never been super regular, so perhaps it just never occurred to me that one could do such a thing.

                      I find that doing exercise actually helps the symptoms. They are not really all that bad now that I am older now. But when I was younger it could be brutal, and riding helped.


                      • #71
                        No, I have never had to avoid a competition due to my period...but my husband has certainly avoided me on the couple of days leading up to my period! Maybe I should get the app for him.
                        Home of Welsh Cob stallion Goldhills Brandysnap
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                        • #72
                          I just go ahead and skip my period instead of the show


                          • #73
                            Originally posted by Wonders12 View Post
                            As for the "light colored breeches" comments. I can't recommend menstrual cups enough. You can wear them for 12 hours and I've never had any leaking.
                            Sorry to be graphic, but I can "overflow" a cup in about 2 hours in the first couple days of my period. They're a great option for the end of the week or the between periods spotting, but they don't work at all for the heavy days, for me.

                            I have sympathy for those who have miserable periods - I am/was one of you - but I still don't understand letting it interfere with a horse show. I have always just medicated the symptoms and adopted a "cowgirl up" attitude. And I am definitely one of the vomiting/barely able to stand straight women.

                            However...NOW I have a Nexplanon implant, and it has made my life so much more pleasant. I never have a true period. I do have semi-random cramping and spotting/light bleeding, but compared to the 10-15 days of heavy bleeding (soaking through a "super plus" tampon or pad every 1.5-2 hours) every 20-25 days I had dealt with for the previous 18 years, I'll take it!


                            • #74
                              Originally posted by toady123 View Post
                              My mind is boggled that someone knows when their period is going to start months or weeks from now and can plan accordingly. I don't mean that is a rude way - I have just never been super regular, so perhaps it just never occurred to me that one could do such a thing.
                              Some people are naturally very regular... others may be on birth control, which makes it very regular and predictable. I can predict down to the day and usually within a few hours. I also organized the first day of my pack of pills such that my period starts on Monday, therefore not affecting the weekends (when most fun/athletic stuff happens).

                              I don't stop doing things because of it, but there are certain times it can be annoying (on vacation, etc) so I simply placed a recurring event on my calendar for every fourth Monday to remind me when I am scheduling stuff. I can look months ahead and know instantly.