You have my deepest sympathy. Now, if only a period would only last 1.5 to 5 minutes like one of Old Faithful's eruptions, then I personally would be a little less inclined to complain about the geyser effect. I will specify however - one single eruption event per month. Not once every hour to hour and a half for a week. *shudders*
Yeah, that would be okay. Several days in a row is Not Fun.
Mine as well. At 52, though, I wish I had more signs that it was stopping. Like even ONE month missed.....
I have used the phrase "like a csi crime scene" to the dismay of my guy friends.
The bfs however were unsurprised and unsquicked. ;p
I hate it when that happens.
Yuck. That is one of the things I absolutely do not miss about having a menstrual period - the vast amount of blood. I spot now and that is completely livable. A lot of chicks in the endo community seem to find a link between meat of all sorts and/or cheese and the pain/amount of blood. I don't see it for me b/c hell, I was full on vegan and it was exactly the same.
I think that the Conventional Wisdom is all a bunch of wishful thinking.
You have my sympathies. I'm in perimenopause (the endocrinologist tells me I'm "too young for that" at 46, but mybody does what it wants.
I've never done the gyser, but OMG I have passed clots that are bigger than my both hands. And that was horrible. I'm ready to have it over with.
46 is too young? I know people who stopped at 45.
I should have been so lucky.
obviously, you have one "nice" ovary and one "evil" ovary.
That evil one will get you in trouble every time.
I'm turning 48 this year, and my ovaries are showing no signs of giving it up any time soon.
I've never heard to ovary theory before.
My sympathies. I generally get either "what period" or "who slaughtered a horse in my vagina", never anything in between. If it were a little more predictable (or less of a stigma to bleed through your friggin' clothes) I might think more charitably toward it.
Now I just reach for the maxis and a house robe and don't emerge until someone turns the tap off.
I just want to climb back in bed. Ugh...
I sympathize. I'm thrilled I finally managed to get back on birth control, which means one period every three months. No back-breaking pain or changing my pad every three hours until June!
All hail BCP. Even though I'm not using it for actual birth control (I use barrier methods with all my partners) I stay on BCP so I can 1. Know when my period is going to be and 2. Have light periods that last 2.5 days instead of heavy ones that last 5.
My periods have been wonky as hell lately. Like I'm bleeding my life force out through my frigging uterus. Cramping hasn't been a problem, just soul-sucking fatigue and a ridiculously heavy flow. The days they last have been diminishing, though, about which normal folks might rejoice.
I'm not rejoicing, however, because the last time my periods began getting shorter and shorter, they stopped completely for eleven months. I still got the symptoms, just no blood, and ended up with a diagnosis PCOS and hormone crap. And stress.
This was the last eleven months of my marriage to my ex-husband -- when I finally did start bleeding, I bled for 45 days and was put on vitamin C and rosehips as a supplement to the progesterone crap I was given to stop bleeding.
If that's what I'm headed toward, I hope someone shoots me first. :P
Also, I'm currently having some sort of hypoglycemic episode so I'm over sharing and lack the ability to coherently figure out where I was going with all this anyway. So, I close this with one of Morgan's signatures.. loveyoumeanitseeyoubye.
No worries, love! There is no such thing as oversharing in my journal; you are free to write whatever you need here.
I'm looking around for my receipt so I can try and track the package I sent. But that requires cleaning my office. And that requires getting some work done. And really, I just want to curl up in bed with a book.....
Before PenguiCon, at least. That is a great consolation.
(Your icon is me today. SO me today.)
No, you sound positively perimenopausal to me. Pleasant? Not so much. But yeah - it's leaving the building.
I just want to hire two thick-necked guys in black t-shirts to escort it out quickly.
Ugh, I get that too. I'm in perimenopause, so I get hot flashes and hormonal emotions, AND bleed like a stuck pig. Fortunately I've started getting the odd light period month in between the flood-warning ones. I hope I have only a few more years to go until this nonsense stops altogether. Ugh.
So far the hot flashes have not been too bad. My mom didn't have too hard a time with the hormonal stuff, and stopped at 52, so I'm hoping another year or two (each generation starting earlier and ending later than the one prior) and I will be done.
My periods have always varied. Some months are no more than a moderate nuisance, and some I feel like I'm losing every bit of fluid from my body and will wind up a raisin, all while being continuously punched in the gut.
I've looked for patterns. Diet and activity level don't seem to make a significant difference, but stress does. If I've been tense and over-busy, my next period is likely to be hellish.
That describes my life every day, it seems!
Yeah, I think I got all of two months out of nursing nonstop.
I used to be so regular - (I'm on hormonal birth control pills)... I started Tuesday, it was somewhat heavy for two days, then light for two or three more, then done.
Now I work with two women - their periods are sync'd to the week before mine and one's currently the mother of a 2 year old, so mine has started coming earlier, despite the pills, because of the super mama hormones over there.
Then on Monday I had a colposcopy, so they were taking a biopsy or two, so there's a small amount of internal bleeding and they put this goo inside to heal it - which made everything painful and crampy and raw AND it means I'm leaking this stuff that looks like coffee grounds for 4 days, THEN my pills stop this Saturday and my period'll prolly show up right then, so... UGH.
Stupid girl-parts. How I hate thee.
Wow, that is one sucktacular month. I'm sorry!