WARNING: This another one of those kinds of posts. You know, with all the talk about Women's Health. So, if you hate talk about female periods, then you might as well leave, cause it's gonna get ugly! I mean it. Stay away!
Okay, so do you remember my last Period Post? About my nasty house guest called Aunt Flo? Yes? Well, I had come to the conclusion that it must be --it must be! --my Paragard IUD that was causing all of the heavy bleeding. Some people even suggested in the comments that it might be because the IUD was placed wrong or doing damage...!
Well, last week, I had it removed and checked (so I could try a different kind of birth control), and there was nothing wrong with it, or me. Until my pelvic exam. And then the NP found some hard bumps.
Ah, but there's nothing to worry you about, dear reader. She checked these bumps quite thoroughly (ouch) and she's quite certain they are merely fibroid cysts. They aren't too large, but she said they could be causing all the bleeding. This is consistent with my family history (I come from a long line of good bleeders, apparently), so it didn't seem a big deal. And I didn't feel any fear in my gut.
So, for now, I'm not worried. But Aunt Flo has done something the last two months she hasn't done in 10 years. She came three days early in May!
And then she came three days even earlier in June!
It's actually kind of strange. I'm like a clock. 28 days from beginning to end. I know the hour I'm going to need to get myself a pad. But with this early crud going on, how am I supposed to be prepared? It reminds me of what it was like to live with a dorm-room full of girls. You know how it is --all of you share pheromones and end up on the same period schedule, right? Please tell me you had this happen, too. And isn't it annoying? Yeah, well now, unless my 7 year old daughter has started her period (oh, heaven help me!), then I don't know what's going on!
Oh, and she tricked me, too! Aunt Flo came all light and easy this month and I thought "A-ha! It was the IUD and not the fibroid cysts!" but then the very next day, the floodgates were released with a vengeance. That next day was yesterday and I had a hard time moving about, what with all the bleeding. Nasty Aunt Flo. She's so rude!
I am happy to know what's going on, though, at least where the heavy bleeding's concerned. As for the changing schedule? Eh. I'll just have to deal, I guess.
Man, I hate my relationship with Aunt Flo. On the one hand, she's needed! Wanted! It's comforting and I know it has aided in the birth of four children. But on the other hand, she's a pest. She's mean, she's uncomfortable, and I wish she'd be kinder to me like she is to other women.