Hashtag FLO - For Ladies Only!
So before surgery, for about six years, I had no period, or maybe like... one a year. I'm only 46 now, so my docs did tests to find out if I was in early menopause, and I wasn't... it was obesity-related amenorrhea. (I have probably spelled that wrong.) Before that, my periods were always super light - we're talking maybe a teaspoon a day, rarely enough to even bother with a pad. I had cramps right before, and they were in about the area you'd expect, and not at all bad. More like tenderness and vague discomfort. Occasionally a sudden sharp OW and then done.
Now that I've lost so much weight - about 40 lbs more now than I ever lost even on Paleo - my periods are coming back. Again, my doc wanted to make sure I was not in menopause and this was not abnormal vaginal bleeding, so I got tests done again, and I am still not in menopause, and this is just a period.
BUT IT IS SO DIFFERENT.
I mean... different in some ways, but in other ways just the same. Like, totally recognizable as a period; I knew it was just a period even before the test results were in. But... my first period after surgery was bad, but I had been told to expect that, and I was ready for it. It was only bad in terms of heavier bleeding, and lasting longer. And now... this month... not a ton of bleeding this time, but I'm just miiiiserable. My stomach - ok, not really my stomach, but my digestive area in the belly region... is just tender and bloated and owwie. Which is making me tense up there, and that in turn is more discomfort. I'm totally constipated and nothing is working on it, and there are cramps, and I feel gross, and just... UGH.
Is this what a normal period feels like? Or is this some kind of post-surgical hopped-up period and it won't always be this bad? I kind of missed my period while it was gone, mostly because it meant I was too unhealthy to have one. But it was also kind of nice NOT to have one! If this is going to start being a once a month event... DO NOT WANT!