12 Things Women With Irregular Periods Know to Be True
Having an irregular menstrual cycle can make you feel like you're the only person in the world dealing with this. You hear all your friends complain about having to buy pads again after just buying them last month, and you feel weird about being jealous, because shouldn't you be glad you get your period less often? Isn't that hitting the uterine jackpot? Luckily, you're less alone than you think, because here are 12 things you'll immediately get if you have an irregular period:
1. You’ve sacrificed so many cute pairs of underwear because you had no idea when your period would come.
Three months is just long enough to slip up and forget to wear a panty liner the one random day your cycle decides to start. And it always happens when you’re wearing baby blue lacy boy shorts. Always.
2. You roll your eyes at people who think your acne will go away with the right face wash.
Hormonal zits are often a lovely part of this package deal, and make you feel perpetually 15 years old.
3. When your period does come, it can be borderline life-ruining.
Hormonal imbalances so often mean heavier periods and absolutely debilitating cramps. Fun. Turns out, there are things even "Super Plus" tampons and Advil can't handle.
4. And in the non-period-having period, your body can just feel supremely out of whack.
I’m talking sporadic bloating, completely unpredictable breakouts, and random headaches. Since you can’t pin it down to your actual menstrual cycle starting, you just feel ... off.
Is your period just pulling its normal BS, or are you actually pregnant? You’ll buy emergency pregnancy tests at least 12 times in your life just to make sure!
6. But then you also worry how it'll affect your chances of getting pregnant later on in your life.
Some of the potential causes of irregular or delayed periods like PCOS can lead to difficulties getting pregnant later on in life – PCOS is one of the leading causes of female infertility. But if you’re still saddled with irregular periods without a direct cause, it’s easy to wonder how your cycle, the very thing that needs to happen for you to get pregnant, will affect you wanting to have biological kids someday. You just won’t know until that day comes.
7. You’ve read every WedMD and Mayoclinic page to try and nail down the causes.
Amenorrhea has potential causes ranging from exercising too much to your thyroid acting up. And then there are hard-to-quantify things like "too much stress," which just make you more stressed out thinking that you might be too stressed to have regular periods.
8. For the heck of it, you’ve tried a lot of things to try to naturally improve your cycle.
You’ve done healthier diets, dubious herbal supplements, and meditation apps – you’re basically Gwyneth Paltrow. But despite your efforts, your cycle barely changed, if at all.
9. Your irregular cycle always means a 15-minute conversation with your new gynecologist.
You’ll have to patiently explain to them that you’ve been tested for PCOS three times in the past before giving in and going for test number four.
10. You are so, so tired of random people trying to diagnose you.
Despite the fact that you’ve been in this body your whole life and have had a lot of time to deal with your flakey period, people still like to act like they know the cure. Who knew you just had to eat more vegetables? But also, you still get your period, just a little later than everyone else. People acting like you need to be "fixed" ASAP is just plain rude.
11. You’re also sick of people saying you’re "lucky" to have fewer periods.
Sure, periods are no fun, but having them four times a year and trying to crack theDa Vinci Codeof your vagina and figure out why is no picnic either.
12. You are so goddamn grateful for hormonal birth control.
The idea that there is medication you can take to have a more regular period and balance your hormones makes you so happy to be alive right now. You can’t imagine not having access to something that so intensely improves your life. Whether you want to be on it for the long haul or not is up for you to decide, but having the option is something you'll never take for granted.
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