- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
So I do have an OBGYN appointment next week, but I want to see if any bee’s have had a similar experience so I know if I’m crazy or not.
Four years ago, I got off the pill and got the non-hormone IUD. I had the standard side effects- slightly heavier periods, crampiness, but nothing serious the first few years.
Everything I’m about to describe has been a sort of slow, gradual onset, slow enough that I blamed all of it on something else until I had a conversation with my mom.
First, my periods are stupid heavy. They’ve gotten heavier in the last year or so, to the point where I’m soaking through a super+ tampon in just a couple hours. They are heavier than they were anytime during the first two years of having the IUD, and significantly heavier.
My cramps have been ridiculous. I know I have endometriosis and I had surgery to remove an ovarian cyst two summers ago, but they’ve never been as bad as they have been in the last year. Debilitating.
My skin has lost its mind. I’ve always had acne tied to my cycle, but it’s no longer tied to my cycle, my skin is just always horrific. And it’s not in the same places I had it as a teenager- I always had acne on my forehead and chin. It’s still on my chin, but has spread to my cheeks, jaw, and my neck. It’s also deep, cystic, painful acne, which I’ve never really had before this past year.
My weight is completely erratic. I haven’t really changed my eating or exercise habits, but it fluctuates about 5-8lbs in either direction randomly.
I am always exhausted. I can sleep 12 hours a night and still be tired. Except I don’t remember the last time I slept through the night. I wake up freezing and sweating randomly, or I just wake up, and I am UP. Then I’m foggy most of the day, no matter how long I was in bed or how much coffee I drink.
And most upsetting, my sex drive is zero. I’ve always had a healthy sex drive, I’ve always enjoyed sex. Now, not only do I not want Fiance to touch me, I don’t even feel like taking care of myself. Ever. When I try, I don’t respond the same way I used to. I just want nothing to do with any of it. Obviously it’s really killing my relationship. I could go months without it. I’ve tried fake it til you make it, but even that sucks- I just can’t get into it and physically I’m not responding, so it’s hard to get excited about it, especially when I’m exhausted.
I really just blamed all this on other random things (stress, new job, etc), then I was talking to my mom and she said “God honey, that sounds like what I felt like when I started going through menopause!” It surprised me, so I got online and I can only find some vague info about hormone imbalances, so I’m hoping another bee has been through this and fixed it so I can get some insight on what might be going on…