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Hi ladies. I'm wondering if this sounds familiar to anyone else. I'm 46 and having my first weird period. I've always been pretty regular, although I was a late bloomer and didn't get my first period until I was 18.
Over the last year or so my cycles have shortened from 28-30 days to 25-26 days. They also have shortened in length from 7 days to 5-6. I had 4 shorter cycles in the last year or so, Sept last year 19 days, this past January 18 days, July 17 days and last month was 20 days. I haven't skipped a period or had any really heavy ones but day 2 may have gotten just a little bit heavier than before, nothing really to write home about. I don't suffer from bad cramps. I always considered myself fairly lucky.
Now this month!
I started spotting on Nov 1st (day 21 of my cycle) Red blood, only when I wiped and a couple of drops a day, sometimes just a light spotting on a panty liner. I had an apt with my GP on Nov 7th so I planned to mention it. I spotted for 6 days then woke on Nov 7th with mild cramps ans voila, my period. Day 1 was light, as often is. I told my doctor who ordered a pap smear to be safe but said it was probably hormones and my age.
I wake on day 2 to very light bleeding, it tapered off as the day wore on. I didn't need more than a normal pad, day 2 is generally a 3 or 4 'Long' pad day. Day 3 woke up, passed a rather large clot and some more flow, then again it tapered off to a 'dribble' - Same on day 4. I woke up on day 5 and virtually nothing, I was making a cup of tea in the afternoon when I coughed and passed another clot, smaller this time but after my flow was more steady for 2 days, still not heavy but steady. Since then it's been light, stop and start, some times like spotting again, some times just super light. It only seems to 'come out' when I am walking about. This is day 14 and it's still going... I woke with some mild cramps but flow is still light.
I panicked on Thursday and ran to the doctor again. I saw a different GP, she asked me a bunch of questions, I showed her my period app with all my cycle details. Top of the list she said is perimenopause. I need to have the pap to make sure it's ok, she said if it's clean im in peri. My last one was clean, only have had the one before, in 2012. I know that's bad but I have had Crohns since I was 12 and tests are something I'm sick and tired of tbh! Plus I only ever has the one partner, my husband, who passed away last year. I've been a little preoccupied (No Crohns flare since 05, I'm good there)
This Wednesday is in fact 18 months since he died. Yes, I'm stressed and worried. I already have chronic illness PTSD, and panic attacks. I started a new job a couple months ago, it's working from home which is great but it's been a big change in my lifestyle. I have a Christmas party to attend in London at the beginning of Dec, I haven't been anywhere alone in years! I have been freaking out about that and was obsessing over my period before all this too, I even googled ways to delay your period as I didn't want to be 'on' for the party. My body is having a laugh!!! My friend says I've done this to myself!
Sorry for the long post. I feel like I'm losing my mind. Is this ever going to stop? The doctor said if the pap is clean then she will prescribe me some progesterone to regulate the bleeding but can I still have the pap on Thursday if I'm still bleeding lightly? My anxiety is whispering nasty fearful thoughts in my ear. I keep telling myself the big C wouldn't just show up with symptoms like this suddenly and all the other things, my age the changes to my cycle the past year or 2, all point to it being peri and hormones... my anxiety doesn't listen. My husband caught a cold and 3 weeks later was gone... sepsis and un-diagnosed lung cancer, he had no symptoms
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