May 13, 2010
It had to happen sooner or later...
Though my menstruation cycles have NEVER been regular, even when I was on the pill, I knew for a fact that they ceased to exist altogether once my weight rose above 220 lbs. And so that proved to be for at least 2 years straight --- minus the bleeding that was caused by my thyroid medication.
Now that my weight has dropped BELOW 220, the rusty old gears of my reproductive tract have begun to crank and screech their way back into motion again...albeit only halfway.
I always envied the women who thought they were complaining about their 3 to 5 day cycles as though the only thing that lasted longer was the fossilization process. These women would go out of their collective minds if they were forced to sit through the up to 23 days of "spotting" I get from my substandard hormonal processes. My "short" cycles don't go any lower than 9 days. Long cycles, such as this one, can drag on at minimum bleed for weeks to months.
The birth control pill, which caused more problems than it solved, couldn't force my body into a schedule for long. My cycle, like an iceberg, drifted further and further away from the "off" week on the pill until there came a time when the cycle wouldn't start until a few days after I resumed the pill again after the "dud" week was over.
No doctor has really shown that much of an interest in this phenomenon, since the question of my having children was off the books for other reasons. The main sacrifice, of course, is intimacy...since even spotting is an irritant to the body and makes one feel sore and lousy for as long as it's going on. Guess I'll have to join a bowling team ;)