For almost three decades, I lived a life planned around my monthly menses. Heavy and painful periods took priority over daily life plans. I constantly checked the calendar to see when I would be menstruating. I turned down invitations. I left early from gatherings. I took sick leave from work. I constantly had the urge to urinate. My sleep was frequently interrupted with hot flashes. I suffered bloating and period cramps. I grew anxious if I had to stay away from home during that time of the month. I dreaded long journeys. I packed heavily to ensure enough sanitary pads. Subsequently, I was bleeding large blood clots. My abdomen grew and I felt comfortable only in loose clothing.