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Dear body: I hate you [Sep. 18th, 2008|12:27 pm]
Zoethe
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Throughout my entire adult life, my periods have had the same M.O.: start in the morning, right out of the gate, here it is. Oh, they could be heavier or lighter, shorter or longer, but I would get up in the morning to "hello, red and ready." And most months, I would know that in three days it would be either gone or almost gone.

But now? Now it's starting with spotting - a little here, a little there, not much, and, hey is it really gone--nope, here it is. It was a day or two to begin with, but this month it started on Saturday and only now - only today - is it acting like it's going to be an actual period.

At 50 years old, this means that every month I get my hopes built up - maybe this time it's just going to be spotting and we'll be on our way to dwindling to nothing! But no. It's only managed to find a way to be more of a nuisance, and thank you for playing.

Grr.
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[User Picture]From: dhimahi
2008-09-18 04:50 pm (UTC)
You have my sympathy sweetie. When mine quit, I had normal periods for years, then would skip a month or two then... skipped a couple of years. Now I am fairly hopeful that the one on May 1 was the very last one.

Does that officially make me a crone???
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-09-18 06:04 pm (UTC)
Yup - but you are way younger than me! You deserve a croning ritual, too.
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[User Picture]From: dhimahi
2008-09-18 06:14 pm (UTC)
You are sooooooooooooooooooooooooo sweet.

I'm OLDER than you.

So, how do we get the croning rituals on the calendar? Right now, since I am not working, I am free pretty much any time except early next week.

Any chance we could do this on or around Samhain? I love that holiday.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-09-18 06:24 pm (UTC)
Huh. I thought I had you beat by a year.

I'm about to charge out of town for an anniversary special-time with my sweet baboo, but we should talk about this next week and brainstorm something up!
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[User Picture]From: dhimahi
2008-09-18 06:40 pm (UTC)
Silly child, I was born in 55 so I'm actually almost three years older than you.

In the meantime, have a super time and I will look forward to your return and said brainstorm.
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[User Picture]From: roniliquidity
2008-09-18 04:59 pm (UTC)
I understand your the frustration, I'm Thursday 10am-12pm. Every now and again I go off and it really messes with me. Not to get all spokesperson but The Keeper is the best thing ever. You just pop it in and dump it once or twice a day. The you wash it and pop it back in. SERIOUSLY. THAT'S IT.

It took me a month or two to get used to the feeling of having it in, but now it's both easy and comfortable. It's a little pricey particularly since you don't know how long you're going to need it. Still, it might be good for you on the level that once you pop it in you don't have to worry about whether you're just spotting or it's a full blown shark week.


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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-09-18 06:08 pm (UTC)
Ooo, with an additional vagina dentata feature! doesn't the end thing...poke?

I've actually used a diaphragm to the same effect in the past, so it's tempting. Following the Law o' Murphy, I would probably never have another period after purchasing - and honestly, that alone may be worth the price!
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[User Picture]From: roniliquidity
2008-09-18 06:39 pm (UTC)
Initially my end thing rubbed a little, but then I figured out how to situate it better.

And hey if you never get another one, you can return it in the first 90 days, no questions asked!
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[User Picture]From: kmccready
2008-09-18 06:42 pm (UTC)
I use a Diva Cup (similar) and you can cut the pokey part right off! Much more comfy.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-09-18 06:59 pm (UTC)
Ooo, good idea!
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[User Picture]From: shydescending
2008-09-18 09:16 pm (UTC)
yep, seconded. I cut mine all the way and it's seriously the best thing I ever bought.
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[User Picture]From: nikkif
2008-09-19 03:18 am (UTC)
I've used both the Keeper and the Diva Cup. I haven't purchased tampons in maybe 10 years. I've never found the end bits to be pokey. On the Keeper, I trimmed mine to make it a more reasonable length. With the Diva Cup, it comes shorter. The ends do make it easier to remove. Without them, I find I need to root around a bit.
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[User Picture]From: candiedheart
2008-09-18 10:34 pm (UTC)
I use Instead, but I've been thinking about getting The Keeper.
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[User Picture]From: zevhonith
2008-09-18 05:51 pm (UTC)
My mom dealt with periods so heavy she feared hemorrhaging, when she started going through menopause. Her doctor told her she was too young (she was 45), and dismissed her, but that was ultimately what it turned out to be.

So yeah, I think it's just going to screw with you for a while. :(
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-09-18 06:21 pm (UTC)
I talked to my mom, and hers was really pretty easy and came at just about my age, so I'm hoping it won't be too bad. I went through a few months of those hemorrhagic periods a while back - Not Fun. But at least they didn't last.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-09-18 06:22 pm (UTC)
Ick. That would truly qualify as ick.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-09-18 07:01 pm (UTC)
The only time I had serious premenstrual problems was my first period after a second-trimester miscarriage. My sympathy for sufferers skyrocketed - it felt like people's voices were echoing inside my head, among other things. I swear, if that happened to me every month, there would be a lot of blood involved, and it wouldn't be mine.
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[User Picture]From: starwatcher307
2008-09-18 06:35 pm (UTC)
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My sympathies. Unfortunately, it could be up to two years before you're completely through the process, and the doctors don't decide you're post-menopause until you've been a year without a period. In my case, I had one after 11 months and 2 weeks, and we had to start counting again.

It really would be so much easier if we could turn it on and off, like peeing. Gotta talk to the Lord about his design flaws...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-09-18 06:58 pm (UTC)
I haven't missed a single one yet. in fact, other than when I was pregnant, I missed exactly one in my whole life, back when I was 20 years old. I was so regular at 26 days that when I told my doctor I might be pregnant when I was only 30 days from my last period, she took me seriously!

But, yeah, I don't have any great use for this hardware; I wish it had an off switch.
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From: sharpchick
2008-09-19 12:52 am (UTC)
I'm in the stage of not bleeding for 9 - maybe 10 months. . . enough to get my hopes up that I am on the home stretch and then. . .there it is. No fair.

But I think I am going to continue to milk the queen stage for all it's worth. No point in trying to rush the cycles (pun intended).
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