Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Let's Talk About Periods

My first response to this topic is: ew. And that's probably most people's first response. Considering how messy this topic can be, I'm not surprised. But as women, it's important to talk about it. Especially as a woman with PCOS (poly-cystic ovarian syndrome).

The reason I wanted to talk about this right now is because I'm going through the worst period I've had in several years. I got my first period at the age of 12, at my uncles funeral. From that point on I was fairly regular for about three or four years. Into high school I started skipping months and then several months. By the time I graduated high school I was rarely experiencing a full period.

I remember when I went to the Neon Lights concert in March 2013 that I had just finished my first period in two years. What that means is that for all of 2011 and 2012 I didn't have my period. At first I worried, but my doctor said it wasn't unusual and didn't seem too concerned.

Since then I've mostly had spotting, or I bleed overnight and stop by morning. I almost never have to wear a pad (tampons are extremely uncomfortable so I don't use them) and I have mostly just been getting the other symptoms. Ever since my first period, I've experienced major cramps every time. Lately I get cramps, bloating, and gas, but I don't bleed. That is until the last two months.

January wasn't the worst ever, but it wasn't great either. I bled for a day, stopped, bled again, and then stopped. I had cramps and back aches nearly every day for the whole month. I went into February with cramps that just kept getting worse and worse. Friday, when I saw Little Mix, I was having really bad cramps and back pain. The pain lessened over the weekend and then Wednesday it was like I was dying.

I started bleeding at work, and it was terrible. It was the heaviest I've experienced in about a decade. The cramps were fierce and I honestly felt like I might have been having a miscarriage. That's not possible, but that's what it seemed like. I don't want to go into the gory details, because it's gross even to me, but suffice it to say it was bad. But then Thursday there was nothing. Literally nothing at all. Friday I had some spotting, and Saturday (as I'm writing this) has been minor spotting. But the cramps are still pretty bad.

My concern is that something is happening in my body that shouldn't be. I plan to talk to my doctor about it. Going from not having a period, to some spotting, to this horrible onslaught the last two months is scary. But I don't know if my anxiety is blowing this up more than it needs to be.

Should I be worried about this? Aside from talking to my doctor, do you have any suggestions? I'm just at a loss for how to deal with this.

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