Don’t Trust Anything That Bleeds for Five Days and Doesn’t Die

Was it Heinlein who said that? For some reason, I want to attribute it to him.

Any rate. If you couldn’t tell from the title of this post (and really, it’s a dead giveaway) I’m talking about menstruation. Here’s my menstrual calendar for the last year.

June 2009 – May 2010

I am apparently deeply untrustworthy.

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  1. #1 by Anne-Marie on June 2, 2010 - 2:20 pm

    Well, I know Mr. Garrison said it, but before him I’m not sure. That actually looks like my cycle from 2000, when I first got put on birth control. Fun times.

  2. #2 by zellandyne on June 2, 2010 - 2:25 pm

    Ya, that’s after going off birth control for me.

  3. #3 by Vylar Kaftan on June 2, 2010 - 3:42 pm

    Ouch. I’m so sorry. That looks dreadful.

  4. #4 by Anne-Marie on June 2, 2010 - 3:46 pm

    Meant to say “That looks like my cycle from 2000, and the reason I went on birth control.”

    • #5 by zellandyne on June 2, 2010 - 5:31 pm

      Ah. Got it.

      Birth control is the option the gynecologist wants me to take, but I’d really like to figure out what the underlying problem is and fix that. The side effects from birth control are problematic enough that I’d rather not go on it again.

      Plus… if I want to have kids, I’m going to have to get this figured out. In all likelihood, I’m infertile as things stand.

      For now, I’m probably going to wait on trying to fix it until after the celiac disease stuff is sorted out (heh, which also causes infertility).

      • #6 by Miki on June 2, 2010 - 11:07 pm

        That’s about what my cycle looked like for awhile. Birth control pills covered it up for awhile, but didn’t fix the underlying problem. I did charting using the creighton method for awhile, plus blood work at the endocrinologist’s office, and we were able to get it all straightened out without using BCPs again — and now I have nice, normal, fertile periods. 🙂 Good luck!

  5. #7 by Amber on June 2, 2010 - 6:06 pm

    That looks horrible!

    I just read an article about Maya womb massage. It seemed to indicate being able to fix a lot of stuff, including crazy periods. Anyway, it sounded fabulous and maybe something you might look into.

    Couldn’t find a link to the (paper) article, but here is some more info:
    http://ourhopeplace.wordpress.com/2010/03/18/mothering-magazine-mayan-womb-massage/

  6. #8 by Prexus Swyftwynd on June 2, 2010 - 8:24 pm

    I simply cannot fathom the amount of menstrual supplies you must go through (unless you use reusable products)… Is it heavy? If it is, I can’t even you being able to step out of the house having your period that often and having to change your feminine hygiene products. (no amusement intended). Although I’ve seen my fair share of “irregular”, “heavy flowers” and in-and-out-bathroom trips from my girls, these are the craziest cycles I’ve ever seen!

    “but I’d really like to figure out what the underlying problem is and fix that.”

    That’s a really positive attitude and I applaud you! I think many women who encounter ‘issues’ with their period flock towards “the pill” as being ‘the’ solution for everything. I understand menstruation is not the greatest thing in the world to have to go through, but certainly, menstrual irregularities (may) often indicate other imbalances within the body. It is definitely a great idea to pursue the root of the problem rather than only trying to suppress the symptoms! You are wise indeed 🙂

    “The side effects from birth control are problematic enough that I’d rather not go on it again.”

    I agree, birth control already have scenarios where they have adverse effects even in completely healthy individuals (ones not compromised by previous health ailments), let alone for someone who have a history of menstrual disorders. Although I’m sure you are already “well aware” of the effects of BC, I thought I’d leave this link for you: http://wp.me/pKW5E-dv to peruse about a lady’s experience with using BC injections!

    Cheers to your wise decisions and best wishes towards your health and speedy recovery!

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