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25th July 2006

meowmixness10:11pm: My last period was from March 31st to around April 6th or 7th.

My cycle usually lasts around 40 days.

Last month (june 10th ish) I got some unusual spotting. I went to see a nurse practicioner and she gave me a pap test, checked for stds, gave me a urine pregnancy test, and a blood pregnancy test. All of the tests came back negative, but she did say that my cervix looked slightly inflammed. Since I had stopped spotting by the time the tests came back, she told me just to come back in if I had any more symptoms.

The problem is, I still haven't gotten my period! I thought maybe it was just too early for the pregnancy hormones to show up so I took an at home test two days ago. That one was also negative.

I've noticed some changes in my body too. My nipples were very tender for a while and (this might sound kind of weird, but) my left labia is starting to grow a little. My vulva has always been quite lobsided, so it's not to the point that it has even caught up with the other one.

I'm 18 years old and have been menstruating for over five years. I'd think that my cycle would be regular by now. I was told that I have a tilted uterus if that could have anything to do with anything (I don't know why it would), Also, my period are usually VERY heavy and I have excruciating cramps for the first two days.

I'm going to visit a gyno, but I don't know exactly how to go about it. Do I need a referral from my regular doctor or can I just make an appointment? I'd feel more comfortable seeing someone who specializes in this type of thing, b/c each time I see my regular doctor about menstrual problems he just shrugs it off.


(I feel your pain)

16th January 2005

esprit_blanc11:41am: I had unprotected sex around three to four days after finishing my last period. Two days later I swallowed five regular birth control pills (Trimordiol - combination pill) out of paranoia and anxiety, hoping they could serve as emergency contraception (the morning-after pill is unavailable in this country). About a week or so later, I started bleeding as though I had a normal menstrual period... I bled for five to seven days, I can't remember.

Anyway, I've missed my period this month, quite possibly because of the whole pill-overdose-then-withdrawal-then-bleeding sort of thing. In any case I want to do a pregnancy test but I don't want to keep wasting them, as my resources for getting these home tests are quite limited.

So, when's a good time to do the pregnancy test, ensuring that my body's hormones' level has calmed down and that I can get an unaffected result?

Also, when can I next expect to get my period?

Here's a sum up to help with the calculations:

13 Dec - Last period's start

18 Dec or so - Last period's finish

21 Dec - Unprotected intercourse; full insertion & copulation

23 Dec - 5 regular BC pills swallowed

30 Dec - Bleeding starts

5th Jan or so - Bleeding stops

Period was due 13-14 of this month and it's usually pretty regular. So, provided the delay is because of the pills followed by withdrawal bleeding, when can I next expect my period?

And when's a good time to do the test free of hormone-override worries?

(I feel your pain)

2nd January 2005

esprit_blanc11:41am: What are my chances of pregnancy...?

December 2004:

Mon 13 - Period start

Sat 18 (approx) - Period finish

Tues 21 - intercourse, full insertion & copulation, unprotected

Thurs 23 - Five birth control pills swallowed

Thurs 30 - Bleeding

Before anyone tells me how stupidly I behaved on the 21st, please bear in mind that I honestly thought I'd swallowed my pill that morning. Unfortunately I'm on so many medications and supplements that the tiny little fucker just eluded me somehow. I swallowed five regular BC pills after much procrastination that Thursday night because I could not find the 'morning-after' pill- it's banned in the country I live in.

(I feel your pain)

16th December 2004

esprit_blanc7:14pm: Hi there, I just joined. I'm in love with the subject of menstruation and see it as a monthly celebration. I love writing about my premenstrual syndrome experiences and I see a lot of spirituality and metaphysics (so to speak) in the whole process.

This is cross posted to several communities and my own personal journal.

My friend's eleven days late. Today we were talking about writing a zine called Where's My Period Already?. It would deal with PMS issues, the myths and whatnot regarding menstruation, and would feature work written by us when we're PMSing. It would be the ultimate work of art: paranoia, frustration, absent-mindedness, physical disorders, hormonal imbalance, identity crises and mood swings and the whole lot. Take this month for example.

Four days ago I went on a chocolate binge (after three weeks of extreme, zero-carbs Atkins) till I overdosed and went from bordering on a fever to practically hallucinating, it was such a rush. In the few days since, I've been trying to jump back on the Atkins wagon while the syndrome got worse and worse.

Every morning I leave my place five to ten minutes earlier than I really have to, and sit in the lobby of a building right next to my bus pick-up point to have a cigarette (and sometimes, some coffee). This morning I had decaf Nescafe with Coffee Mate and no sugar/sweetner, coupled with my regular Lucky Strike. I got unbelievably dizzy and couldn't coordinate myself much. My head felt heavy and light at the same time and I felt numb and frail and tingly somehow all at once. Afterwards, when crossing the road to my pick-up point, I saw my life flash before my eyes as a truck zoomed by, two centimeters away from my skin. I'm normally pretty absent minded and slow with crossing roads, so coupled with that evil morning cigarette and my PMS it's not a pretty idea to leave me alone on the road!

Sitting in Sociology class today, fully aware that I'd just gotten my period (I was doubled over in paralysing pain) and had no pads, I can feel the only guy in the class sitting behind me and breathing down my neck. This guy's been into me since the first day of Sociology and he makes a point of sitting as near to me as possible during class, and constantly asking for help. I'm chewing on my lip and entertaining the idea of a crimson stain spreading all over my backside. Naturally the idea sends me into tears but just this once I wonder how legendary it would be if it happened and that guy dropped Sociology the next morning.

On the bus home from school today, I got beyond drowsy and dozed off (though in that 'buzzy' way, where you're awake but not really conscious). Just as the bus came to an abrupt halt at a traffic light, I snapped out of the 'aura' I felt I was in and my head toppled forward on my neck. I thought it was my stop and scrambled up, gathering my backpack and jumper (now pulled tightly around my hips; thank goodness for black cotton when you need it). The driver glanced at me, and I glanced at the shut door. He figured I wanted to get off at an earlier spot and pulled the lever impatiently. I jumped off and took about ten minutes to register my surroundings. When I finally realized what had happened and started walking the hundred or so yards to my building, I decided I wanted a smoke. I walked into this cave-like crevice meant as a private parking space in one of the new buildings in the area. I lit up, and almost immediately my vision got hazy and I had to sit down on the ground. I felt numb and still, like I couldn't walk or coordinate any activity.

I slept for what seemed like ten hours, and when I woke up I felt like I was being stabbed repeatedly by sharp knives placed on the circumference of my abdominal region. I had supper and checked my e-mail. I drank ice cold club soda straight after. Bad, BAD idea. Cold stuff slows down the blood flow, making it even more difficult for the tissue to leave my body, thus amplifying the pain to beyond agonizing proportions. After about an hour of moaning, groaning and cursing everything, I felt a fever burning up and flicked on the AC. I made myself a cup of decaf and I'm having it with one of those Atkins-approved chocolates that allegedly carry only one or two net carbs.

I feel like if I could just saw off the lower part of my torso I can breathe normally again.

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26th May 2004

cleaned12:50pm: Hi! Ever since I was sixteen (I'm 22 now) the first day of my period is just horrible. I have bad cramps, can't eat or drink because it makes puke and can't go to work, because the excerise is too much for me and I pass out.
Does anyone know of a cure of some sort?

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