I swear, one of these days I'm going to try those cup thingies. And empty them into measuring cups. That ain't no couple of teaspoons. That's the Tigris or the Euphrates, man. Sometimes both.
I hear you on the poodle clots, too. So gross.
I have used them. And it definitely ISN'T a couple of teaspoons. The cup thingies are great when you want less mess during sex though....
Yeah your not the only one that feels they are full of bull..Shot since I have had my first period it has always been heavy, and the Doctors told me the same thing as you..But you know its bad when you are so weak and you have to fight your way out of bed..There have been days that I slept for over 15 to 18 hours because I was just to weak to move..I also think as the years go buy the Doctors get dumber and dumber..Hey it could just be me..But I have to deal with Military Doctors..And I swear they are the worst..
Heh - not only are we attracting large toothy animals, some of us are too weak to fight back when we're bleeding.
LOL - you made the same mistake my hubby made "here honey, just aim for the O in the coke can."
you could SEE the oh fuck look all over his face!
I had to go on birth control at age 12 to ease my periods. I would have to miss school for sometimes a week and a half because they were so bad. This is why I will only go to a female gyno because they know what you are going through.
I am lucky never to have had problems like that, but knew girls who did. Brutal - and I'm sure some people thought you were faking or being a wimp. Bastards.
We menstruate cuz we don't go into heat. I dunno if that's a good thing or not though...:S
"Can you believe that bitch cheated on me when she was in heat?"
The reasons doctors say that is because perdominately GYNs are men and they have never had blood gush out between their legs in their whole life. They don't know what they are talking about at all. I bleed way more than 3 or 4 tablespoons.
What a crock... That is why I am personally and politically against males being allowed to be GYN's... they don't have the equipment, they don't know what it does, they are only sick perverse men wanting to rule women in the most primative of ways.
My mother had very heavy bleeding and the male GYN wanted to operate on her... she refused and talked to her friends...every one of them had increased bleeding as they got older.
does this mean that there shouldn't be female doctors checking prostates?
2003-10-01 09:16 am (UTC)
The birth control shot, Depo Provera, has a very interesting side effect that almost all users "suffer" from....the complete cessation of their period! Let's hear it for the shot!!!!
Kat from Norwalk
Except for the chemical chastity-belt effect it has on many of its users... It's definitely a love it or hate it product.
Nuvaring and the patch can both easily be used to skip periods, too, though. Very handy.
Any doctor that pooh poohs is a moron.
I've known one woman who had to be on birth control pills to avoid blood transfusion. Seriously. She bled heavily for one week every two weeks, without it. That's one on and one off. She absolutely became anemic. Mild anemia is not unusual in women, as good research shows. Gee, wonder why?
Of course, it doesn't really take much fluid to soak a bed or a pad, but it does add up. Soaking one an hour is a problem even when you're in the hospital after having a baby, and you've got loads of extra blood reserves then.
The post partum bleed is the WORST. Ug. I actually saved some of the chunks that came out as I frantically called the doctor.
She said not to worry, even though I said they were the size of chicken livers. What size WAS too big then? Sheesh.
I have the most messed up system. It's time to see the repro-endo again. It's been like that my whole damn LIFE.
Forget tying my tubes -- why can't they remove my uterus? I don't need it anymore. I'm finished with it.
I've had the same problem all my life as well. If you find someone who will take out the plumbing let me know!
I'm looking into getting the Mirena insert. It's new, and my step-brother's wife has it. It's kind of like an IUD, only soft, with low dosage of hormones. Lasts about five years. She's had it for some time, and likes it- says it lightens and regulates her periods pretty well, so we'll see.
i think i have either just fallen in love with you, or am now religiously reading your lj. haven't figured out which yet...
2003-10-01 06:33 pm (UTC)
Re: oh my.
I'm glad you found me.
i was always told that mentstrual blood isn't 100% blood, was the thing, but blood and other fluids, which is where the line about it only being a few tablespoons of blood comes from -- i still don't buy that it's only a few tablespoons, but i do concede that it's probably not quite the same as, say, cutting your arm and bleeding out an equivalent volume from the vein.
me, the Pill changed my life. changed. my. life. so i don't need a handgun. :-)
That may be, but doctors just shortcut it to "you're out of your mind" so often that it's really infuriating - and the Consumer Reports bit was just completely misinformed.
There is a condition in the European population- ~40% as I recall, that involves accumlating too much iron in the system, w/ asst'd nasty side effects. It was only noticed this century, since the treatment for it is to be bled (I kid you not- those who give blood regularly don't have this problem), and between medical bleeding and higher exposure to sharp things this just wasn't an issue for the rest of human history. Needless to say, only men get it; but i wonder if more women go for the "cessation of periods" forms of birth control if we'll see it in women too?
I take comfort at this time of the month in the fact that it could be worse. I could be a laying hen...
Hmm. Interesting thought. Of course, being borderline anemic all the time I'm not that worried [g].
I've heard that in some cultures, menstruation is used as rational control over reproduction by the menfolk - Wifey's trip to the Taboo Hut is a sign that she's regained her fertility after pregnancy and nursing, or something along those lines.
I don't have a handgun of my own, but I killed a target pretty dead the time Hubby's dad took me to the range...the first time I'd ever handled a gun. Hubby and Father-in-law were both frightened.
MWAHAHAHAHA. Sorry. I'm at a point in my cycle where little fantasies about shooting Hubby drift into my brain from time to time, between little fantasies of shooting myself and making it end...
And those Consumer Reports guys can kiss my butt...my bloody, stinky, high-absorbency-pad-leaked-all-over-it-after-six-hours butt.
*snort* you probably read my part on menostop.... men are crazy.. and men are not capable of knowing.. no matter that they are in the front of menopause, menstruation.... baloney.... last blood clot from me.. this morning.. was in the shape of Africa...and about as big.
We have antibiotics that increase lifespans by leaps and bounds.
We can transplant organs, fix cataracts, even see inside a body.
And yet no one has thought to fix the completely useless menstrual cycle. Figures, a woman can warp her figure - inflate her breasts or suck out fat out through a hose - but take control of her uterus? Of course not. It's not 'natural'. Because surgery is? Right.
There may not be a complete fix, but there is a partial fix on the horizon. Last month, a new birth control pill was approved by the FDA that makes periods quarterly instead of monthly: New Birth Control Pill Approved
Personally, I can't wait. I've been looking forward to this all my life. I'm on Ortho Tri-cyclen. If I wasn't, I'd be bleeding, heavily, all the time. I'm not exaggerating. I went through it for six months. It took me so long to report it to my doctor because I kept procrastinating. It was just so gross that I couldn't face the thought of being examined.
Anyway, that was six or seven years ago. Since then, I've occasionally gone off the Ortho Tri-cyclen for various reasons (e.g., running out without getting a refill in time) and the continuous bleeding has come back for a month, so I know the problem is still there in the background.
Even on the pill, I still have long, heavy periods. I used to have horrendously bad cramps when I was younger, but that problem seems to have abated. The cramps I do get are mostly controllable with Ibuprofen.
If it weren't for the nasty side effects, I'd get a hysterectomy. I have no plans to have children, so it's all a waste of time and energy. But everyone who's been through it already tells me that menopause is not something I want to hurry into. If only there was a way to put my uterus in "stand-by mode" instead of complete shut-down. [sigh]
I too have been on Tri-Cyclen since I was 17. I'm like Zoethe: always lucky on the periods. Short and to the point. one day of heavy bleeding, with a migraine, and that's about as bad as it gets.
Nonetheless, I find it very convenient to skip my periods. You don't have to wait for a new pill, my GYN (and I go to Planned Parenthood for such things.. they rock) says it's perfectly safe to just chain the Pill. Skip that week of placebo green pills and just start a new pack. It's all good.
I do however make myself have a period every few months, since I'm not sure it's good for me *not* to have them occasionally. Flush the plumbing, as it were.
All in all, since I've been on the Pill for over ten years (yikes), I'm really hoping it's made me sterile.
heh, 8 days of heavy bleeding... soak through a super tampon AND a maxi pad inside of 2 hours, extreem pain... my high school years were sheer hell!! but post baby is better, little to no pain and less heavy bleeding. and 3 tablespoons... not unless theyre one of those huge hang-on-the-wall spoons!!!
L! Maybe that's their secret code.
I never had particularly heavy periods, but they were still more than enough to leave me pretty fatigued. And that's without all the cramps that I used to get - on more than one occasion I had to skip school because there were only so many painkillers I could take, and none of them were working. Thank God for the pill - no more over-the-top cramps for me. These days ibuprofen mostly keeps them under control.
Re the skipping periods thing while on the pill- my doctor and the pill packaging both say it's okay to skip them by going straight through to the next lot of active pills - but you shouldn't do it for more than about 3 cycles in a row.
And another thing: if it's no more than 2 or 3 tablespoons (yeah right, my arse it is) how come so many women are anaemic? 2 or 3 tablespoons - that's about as much as a blood test, and blokes generally aren't anaemic. My boyfriend has to have blood tests every month for medical reasons, and he ain't anaemic.
The whole thing's a crock.
I'll stop ranting now.
I sometimes feel like one of the lucky ones, even though it's proabbly not a good thing. There are times when my body behaves normally, but usually I only have a period once every 5 or 6 months. The downside is, when I do get my period, it lasts almost 2 weeks, and I get really bad back/hip pain and headaches through the whole thing. Oh, and I guess another downside is that it will be extremely hard for me to have children. There have been times where I went for like 8 months with regular monthly periods, but come to think of it, that has only happened once in the last 8 years...
So, am I lucky, or unlucky? I still can't figure that one out.
Hard to say. The unpredictability would be tough for me to manage...
I don't mean to get picky here but the amount of blood in teaspoons is correct its the actual blood content not all of what is there
Now before you all go wacko on me let me explain
The blood in your period makes just some of what is discharged. you are also loosing mucus and the lining of your uterus. That is where the heavy flows are coming from. I do agree that if a doc says you just need a light pad most of the time and a heavy pad once is a wack you should go by what is good for you and if all else fails find a new doc.
2003-10-02 08:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Umm Hi
Consdiering the HEMORRHAGE I suffered this evening, I sitll find that hard to believe, but even if it is true that you only lose a couple teaspoons of red blood cells, it's still misleading. Blood itself has plenty of other stuff going on in it, and the red cells are only something like 20% of the volume.
I am at the tail end of mine (I guess we're cycle sisters :) and it has a particular emotional meaning to me this time.
You see, I am turning 35 this month. According to medical documents, my fertility will begin to drop at a geometric rate now. For the past 5 or so years I've referred to my periods as 'having another egg funeral.' Heh. All these years of suffering cramps and discomfort for nothing. What a ripoff.
I hear you, sister. I mean, I do have kids, but I stopped having them at about your age. Now I'm just impatiently waiting for menopause. Still irritating.
Cups might be the new best thing (according to the commercials) but they just seem so.. I don't know. Hospital-ish. Like when you can't get out of bed so you get a.. I'll stop here.
But if anyone invents a way to end periods forever, give me a call! Please!