Sunday, June 5, 2011

Where for art thou, period?

FYI - this post definitely enters the realm of way too much info.

I've stopped being diligent about counting days in between periods. What I used to track with military precision has now been cast off to something that I just guess at. As long as I have one at some point during the month, I don't even think about it because I know I'm not going to get pregnant.

However, last weekend, the last one of the month, I realized that I hadn't seen my "friend" in May. Hmmmm... I thought, "Surely this infertile, who's been trying for more than six years by both medical and traditional methods isn't pregnant... but what if?" Even my husband gave me a quizzical look when I mentioned it to him.

So, rather than immediately running out and buying an HPT, I stewed for a couple days, wondering if a miracle had happened. Of course, as you know, a lot of times, the pre-menstrual symptoms can be similiar to early pregnancy - sore boobs, moody, light abdominal cramping and bloating.

Of course, not to be "disappointed," my period showed up just late enough to tease me.

Then, I had an epiphany. Why do I still have to have my period? I determined that since I was 12 and a half, the only months that I haven't had one, were the three months that I was on Lupron. Why should we infertiles continued to be tortured by this unwelcome event each month (especially now that OB tampons are off the market, which is a whole other rant I have. Those were the best!)?!?

Having our little "friend" show up once a month or whenever she decides to is just another reminder that we can't get pregnant. I think that infertiles should get a pass to not have periods any more, especially if they're technically not trying to have a baby any more.

Damn you, uterus!


  1. I love it when biology conspires against us. Sorry you got teased by a tardy Aunt Flo. Even though I know that there's pretty much less than a 1% chance I can get of on my own, I can't tell you how much $ I've wasted in HPTs *just* in case bc of suspicious PMS symptoms.

  2. Ah! I totally feel the same way. Haha. Not only should we not have periods but wtf is with still getting cramps. Bullshit I tell you! Haha. I too have skipped counting the days for the same reason. Seems pointless until o start thinking of vacations and how much I'd like to avoid being on vacation at that time of the mo th. Ah the joys of IF. :)
    Hope you're having a great weekend!

  3. That was me last month, so I sympathize.

  4. OB tampons are off the market? There are still some at my supermarket- I better stock up!