100 lb. Club - Have I mentioned how much I HATE my period

09-14-2009, 02:31 PM
So since my surgery my cycle is ALL screwed. August was LATE and this time was 1 week early and I didn't even freaking ovulate? Did anyone else that had gall bladder surgery (or any surgery) have this happen?

So last week when my weight stayed the EXACT SAME for a WEEK I was confused... but it turned out to be my PMS. And then yesterday I was up two pounds and then this morning down a pound from that.

Okay body. I'm DONE with having babies. Could we turn that faucet off please?

Alana in Canada
09-14-2009, 02:55 PM
I know, I'm fed up, too. I've always had short cycles (about 23 to 25 days) but now I'm down to 21--and I've no idea how long it lasts! For most of my life it was a full week (which is a lot of sanitary napkins!).

But I'm done, done, done. My only hope is that my grandmother had gone through menopause before she died at 50--and my mother *thinks* hers was over by then, too.

So, we'll keep our fingers crossed.

Thighs Be Gone
09-14-2009, 02:57 PM
Tammy, remember the fluctuations! My cycle treats me the same way--I go up 2-3 pounds--the great thing is that my weight usually dips the week after my cycle.

Arrgh! To be female!!!

09-14-2009, 03:11 PM
It's been a while since I've had my period. I DO remember, however, how it made weight fluctuate so much. Hang in there.

Now I am dealing is menopause - I call it....'my own personal summer'.

09-14-2009, 03:18 PM
My weight ALWAYS fluctuations during my period but this bleeding every 20 days crap is gotta stop. I've got it for a full 7-10 days so that's not much of a break inbetween!!!!!

Blerg. Done done done. Go away!

Judy Lynn
09-14-2009, 04:01 PM
Well, I am 50 and mine are still going strong and on about a 21 day cycle, so I feel ya! :(

09-14-2009, 04:09 PM
There should be a "period" fairy... like a tooth fairy that takes it and leaves like money and stuff ;) lol!

09-14-2009, 04:24 PM
A friend of mine once said that if we could invent a pill that you could take, when you are done having kids, that would dry up your uterus and it would just fall out, we'd be millionaires. I have to agree.

09-14-2009, 04:50 PM
If you bellyache enough to your OB/GYN, for long enough, there's some new outpatient procedures called endometrial ablation. Some use water-filled balloons, some use cryotherapy ... but they all pretty much destroy that lovely lining. It won't fix the weight fluctuations, or the hormones ... but results on cramp reduction, and mess reduction/elimination have been very, very good. My neighbor (46 yrs) had it done in December, and went from a 22 day cycle that lasted 8 heavy days (gawd!) down to a couple hours of light spotting. She can't shut up about how awesome it is. :) I've seen it listed as Essure, and Novasure (she had Novasure) - two different techniques.

Diane - I'm just guessing, but I think it'd be closer to billionaires. I'd be right there in line too!

09-14-2009, 06:34 PM
FYI (OT)--Essure is not an endometrial ablation. It is a tubal sterilization procedure that consists of little coils placed in the fallopian tubes which scar over to cause blockage.

09-14-2009, 08:39 PM
during that time of the month and since I have been eating healthier I don't seem to really have cramps or anything. I wanted to mention though, a product I do use instead of tampons...it is called a Diva Cup... I wish I would have found this when I was in my teens, apparently they have been around for quite some time, but man I save a fortune not having to buy feminine products, I still buy overnight pads, for a just in case, but it's an amazing tool. I'll put a link for it here in case anyone is interested. On heavy days, I have to take it out and clean it every 3-4 hrs... but light days only once every 12 hrs. I am not affliliated with this product in anyway... Just think it's handy. divacup.com/?gclid=CNbjirui8pwCFQoMDQod10ghjg

09-14-2009, 09:03 PM
I've been using a diva cup for three years now. LOVE IT.

09-14-2009, 09:28 PM
I've been using The Keeper Cup for about 8 years. I travel all over the world and it's hard to find plugs and pads in places like subsaharan Africa or the Middle East.

Love it. Love it. Love it.

09-14-2009, 10:24 PM
OMG tell me about it. I've been on the pill since I was about 17 and had about 2 days of a light flow for about 20 years or so. For several years even I took 3 months worth of pills in a row and only had 4 periods a year (my doctor authorized this). I am now 1 year post partum, I had my tubes done so I don't need the pill anymore. I have had the most awful periods ever for the past several months. I can't stand it. I know it takes awhile for periods to get back to normal but since I've been on the pill so long I don't know what normal ever was! It is about 5-6 days of unbelievably heavy flow. I'm changing tampons like every hour for the first 3 days. I'm interested in the Diva Cup, any of the posters that use that can you tell me a little more about it? Is it hard to get in and out? I've seen them at the health food store so I know what they look like. I think I'd rather do that then go through $$$ of tampons every freaking month.

09-14-2009, 10:42 PM
I was using at least 3 boxes of tampons per month plus pads...OMG...Now with the Diva Cup, the first three days, I have to clean it about every 3-4 hours and just put it back in, after the three days it is every 12 hours. I love it. At first, it took a little getting used to getting it in and out, by the time the first period was over, I pretty much had it figured out, the second period was kind of learning all over again...and a little frustrating, but by the end of that period I pretty much had the hang of it, and now it is just a dream. I have been using it for about a year now. I love it! Only once did I have trouble getting it out, but if you "bear down" it does make it so much easier, now I am a pro. Love it sooo much. It is so convenient. I would suggest using pads with it until you get used to it, and just don't give up. I think in the first two months I only used two tampons, now I don't have to give tampons another thought....thank God. :)

traci in training
09-14-2009, 10:49 PM
I have the absolute best of both worlds - a period every time I turn around that lasts forever with horrible cramps AND!!! hot flashes. I know you're all jealous and wish you could be like me, but the doctor says I am one of the lucky, lucky women who have loooooooooooong peri-menopause - probably in part due to fibroid cysts, heredity, and just plain good luck!

09-15-2009, 04:07 AM
I've got a menopause that won't lie down and die, curse it!

The peri-m wasn't so bad, a few years of hormonal depression and crabbiness, like permanent PMT; dry hair and skin; hot flashes that weren't that bad; cold flashes that baffled the doctor but everything always comes down to 'it's your age', so no investigation.
Almost over-night, I went from monthly (30 days) to once or twice a year.
Then 2 years of nothing.
Then back to 2 or 3 times a year.
Mentioned it en passant to doctor, who freaked out, and sent me for yukky tests. All OK.
Moved house and new doctor saw it in notes, freaked out, and sent me for yukky tests. Only had the ultra-sound. They said that was so good I didn't need the hysteroscopy.
Today is my recall to see the specialist - at least I hope so, last time I went, for the hysteroscopy, just a nurse came out and said I didn't need to stay. I really want to see the expert this time.
Yuk yuk yuk.
And the flashes are back.

Still beats the carp out of frequency and flooding, though!

09-15-2009, 08:53 AM
I had a hysterectomy at age 30 and have never regretted one single second.

Lots of "female" problems in the whole family, so it was no big surprise for me.

Anyway, life without a period is great.:carrot:

I always had horrific cramps and a 21 day cycle, heavy bleeding, *****y, nasty, crabby, nausea, vomiting, etc.

I was very thankful to have compassionate ob/gyn, who took the family history of fibroid tumors and endemetriosis into consideration and had no problem with my choice of surgery as an option for treatment.

09-15-2009, 01:06 PM
My cycles are a mess, but I attribute it to having a nursing 4 month old. I just had AF 2 weeks ago... very very heavy (sorry TMI), now I have been spotting since Sunday. I so wish I could have convinced my dr to take out everything when he was in there doing my section, but he said tying my tubes was as far as he would go... sigh.