Wednesday, February 15, 2006

That wacky Aunt Flo

Okay, girls (MarkD and Spikey, y'all may want to sit this one out, as it deals with the 'P' word), can someone please tell me what the deal is with my menstrual cycle these days? Ever since Aunt Flo came back after I finished nursing John M. (last May, I think), things have not been right.

This is the way it goes, Aunt Flo comes in with a little light bag, you couldn't even call it a true 'carry-on', and then her little bag gets lighter and lighter. This can go on for close to a week, a full 6 days this month! Just when it looks like she's left town all together, she comes in with a complete set of luggage! And some furniture too. It's not pretty. But, she just stays 2 or 3 days tops and then she's gone, quicker than a wink. All in all, her stay can last anywhere from 10-12 days? WTF?
I know I'm older now and my hormones are out of whack, but still.

Do any of you have similar experiences? Please tell me that this is temporary and I'll be 'normal' again one day. Please.

Even if you have to lie a little. ;^)

21 comments:

chesneygirl said...

LMAO! LOVED the way you 'explained' this!!!

10-12 days???? WTF is right!!

Sorry tho, don't know what to tell ya. I did not breastfeed and Aunt Flo didn't waste any time settling back in after A was born....with her usual visits for about 4 days.

Mama B said...

Oh girl, I don't know what to tell you. After I nursed all my kids, Aunt Flo's visits returned as normal...4 days max. Maybe your doc would know.

Lala's world said...

after my 4th baby .....Aunt Flo started coming at very strange times and sometimes with light bags and sometimes with her entire possessions. Honestly.....it took about a year before it all got sorted out and now hehehe I am having problems with her again.....last month was the first time Aunt Flo had a regular visit in a year. Faith will be 4 in May...and I nursed her for 20 months......sorry I don't have better news...hopefully Aunt Flo will get a good kick in the ass and start coming round with the right set of bags and at the scheduled times!

tara said...

hey renee! i stopped nursing greyson (well, he stopped) :( when he was 10 months old -three months ago. i am back on bc. taking seasonale, it WONDERFUL!! you will only have four periods a year!!!! and so far it has been normal (although normal for me is about 3 days) good luck chikie!
-tara

momyblogR said...

It's been a while since I've breast fed but I don't recall and weird stays.

However, witn the getting older thing....Flo's visits here are with only an average sized back pack and stays less than a week. BUT she seems to be visiting sooner each month. My GAWD...here's hoping I don't end up pregnant, lol.

klanglee said...

This post made me burst in laughter (as you can hear over the metal/fabric cubicle wall that separates us)! Flo is very funny acting with me also. Since I stopped breastfeeding in October, she has been acting like she is on crack...coming in with a full set of luggage and furniture sometimes and maybe a carry-on at other times. I sometimes wish I was back on bc, when she came only with her purse at the exact time every month for only 3-4 days which never included weekends. Although it has been 4 months since I stopped nursing, I really wish Flo would get her mind right!

Anne said...

hat's weird. once i got her back after nuring, she has been nothing but normal...except for heavy since i'm not on the pill. are you doing anything else different, like training for a triathalon or starving your body of nutrients? I imagine it'll get back to normal soon. ugh.

Erin said...

UGH I truly hate when my Aunt Flo comes for an extended stay. She is pure evil. I wish there was a switch we could hit to turn her away when we don't "need" her.

I am very regular as I am taking the pill. Maybe you need to use progesterone cream?

Ex-playgroup mommy said...

Oh my gosh, I loved the way you described your flow via luggage! That is too funny. I had Emma in May of 2004 and had my tubes tied in June of that year. Ever since then Flo has not been right. I used to be 28 days and Flo would only stay for 4 days tops. Now sometimes I only go 15 days between and for the first two days I can't leave the house. It's awful. I keep meaning to make a gyn appt but never get around to it! I'm sure you will be normal soon! ;-)

mothergoosemouse said...

Excellent metaphor. Wish I could help. I have my own issues with that b!tch.

Melanhead said...

I went through the Erratic Cycle From Hell after I finished nursing Gage. Back aches and shoulder pains repalced the cramping I used to get pre-baby!

still_figuring_out said...

havent reached that stage yet..

Jenn said...

Okay my cycle is not so long but totally sucks since I stopped nursing. It is wicked heavy like have to change the tp every 2 hours enven the supers and I get wicked headaches, cramps and feel like shit! Not to mention I get all crampy when I "O" and feel premenstral. God what does child birth do to our bodies?

Lammy said...

wicked awful since I stopped nursing my last one 6 years ago.
but....
I guess it will pass???

sucks being us!

Mary Tsao said...

I can't help you because I was thinking about doing a post on how I haven't seen Aunt Flo in years. Seriously. I thought she'd be back since I weaned T last month, but nothing. Oh well, I mean, I have a love/hate relationship with houseguests but if you think they're going to come but they never show, that's just rude!

DebbieDoesLife said...

Can't help but can commiserate. I hate Aunt Flo and any of her crappy luggage. Remember the old saying, Fish and Guests both stink after three days....

Ooooh, the fish comment. sorry. takes me back to high school.

Laurie said...

Birth control set me back to rights with that old sweetheart. Yeehaw.

Spikey1 said...

*Waving from the back row*

candyfortheteacher said...

Well girl this is one for the experts. I can tell you that after I had baby girl (16 years ago) I had my tubes tied and aunt flo must have gotten pissed or lost. She kept going in a circle. it felt like she was bouncing around. Finally her vist was more like a shaking up situation. She had taken residence. My gyno moved her out a year later lock stock and ovaries. Now she is a distant memory.

Sarah said...

Wow, that sounds like me lately! You described it to the t. I never breast fed though, but I have never been iregular before. It's been going on since after I had Alex. I have to scheduele an apt for the gyn. I'll let you know what she says (if I ever get the time to actually go to MY doctor, instead of our pediatrician.

Cindy N. said...

Talk to your doctor about this. It could be just because of nursing and it could be something else. CALL YOUR DOCTOR. Don't mess around with it.