Wednesday, May 2, 2012

TMI - Period Talk

Warning: I'm about to share what some may think is too much information. I'm talking period issues today. Those who may be a little squeamish have my permission to stop reading now.

Something that I don't share or speak about often is a disorder I was diagnosed with in 2006. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, often referred to as PCOS. This disorder makes my periods irregular, and sometimes non-existent for months (sometimes a year) at a time. It makes it very difficult for me to lose weight, while gaining weight is a piece of cake. My OBGYN actually told me that "losing weight for a person with PCOS is nearly impossible." I will never forget when she told me this, because it justified my years of struggle with (mostly) unexplained weight gain.

Within the past six months, after losing about 25 pounds, my period arrived for the first time in a year. Good news, right? Well, kind of. When I experience a period, there is a lot of clotting and what the ER doctor referred to as "flooding". Why did an ER doctor tell me this? The reason being that back in 2010 I had been "flooding" for a period of three days with barely any break in flow. The clots were increasing in size (golf ball size) and I was dizzy, anemic, and faint. At the time I was taking metformin, which caused this ritual to occur every two weeks. I was worn out and finally stopped taking the medicine in July. After that, I went without a period for about a year.

Now that it is back, I have been experiencing "flooding" off and on, randomly throughout any given month. I don't get a normal period once a month. (I envy the women who do.) My period comes at random multiple times a week now a days, and hasn't stopped for about a month. Okay, now you may be wondering "why is she sharing this?" The reason being is that the "flood" is back and I have finally been able to narrow down a pattern, so I think. I am noticing that when I have a "good streak" of drinking lots of water, eating healthy foods and exercising, the "flood" comes. My guess is that my body is trying to regulate itself.

I have shared this in hope to hear other opinions/experiences in this department. If you are too shy to share in a public comment, please email me at: goaloflosing(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  1. I dont have any experience in this type of situation, but I just wanted to say that I'm sorry you have to go through this! :(

  2. I would assume that when you treat your body well, the body begins to try and normalize. Problem is, the PCOS just throws your body into the other extreme. I am overweight and have been diagnosed with PCOS. I have lost 30lbs since Jan and have been on metformin as well. The only thing that seemed to work for me was birth control. I take Yaz and since I am not currently wanting to have a baby, my OBGYN suggested not taking metformin (it gives me unpleasant gastric symptoms for the first 3 months and I don't feel that is necessary). Have you tried any other hormonal therapies? (with BC I have a light period for a day or two) I just found your blog today so I apologize if this is old news to you or if you have discussed this before.

  3. After years of irregular periods (having it once a year with super heavy flow), it finally came back on its own, fairly regularly, when I lost about 25 pounds.

    It's been three months since it's started again, and it's been sticking around for a really long time. I've had my period for 28 days at this point. It's not clotty or heavy or anything but it's really consistent. My doctor didn't seem worried and so I figured it was just my poor, poor uterus trying to figure out what the hell to do. I really want to stay away from hormones and hope that my period will calm the hell down in a month or two.