Post # 1
I’ve always been irregular, but this is ridiculous. I’ve been on the pill since I was 16 (24 now) and wondering if it’s time to stop/switch form, if I’m somehow magically mystery pregnant, or if I’ve got a fertility problem starting to show up.
I had my last period (in the middle of my pill pack…typical – it’s never gotten regular even on the pill) 2 weeks before my wedding. The week it was due according to the pack, I “force-skipped” it so I expected November to be odd. What I got were two spots of odd discharge in the middle of the month and that was it. Shrugged, took a test, negative, so that must have been my period.
Well, it never showed up during the “brown pill week” in November or December. Now it’s January! And 3 more negative tests later (all spaced apart) I’m wondering what’s wrong with my body.
I’ve gained weight but I am a fabulous cook if I do say so myself and my husband looks pregnant too (whoops…need some more exercise in our lives) so that explains the gain. He’s a vegetarian and I’m eating a lot less meat, so there’s the excessive gassiness covered (and could that be the period as well)? I can’t trust pregnancy “signs” anyway, as the pill is good at mimicking those on a monthly basis.
My biggest fear is that it’s something fertility related. We want kids, we just didn’t want them just yet!
What do you think, bees? And I know some people may be thinking “stress” but I suffer from clinical anxiety and stress alone has never made me miss a period – nothing has! And I would have seen my doctor by now but for the fact I moved country to be with Darling Husband and I still don’t have my next visa processed yet (it takes forever) which would let me get a National Insurance number and then a doctor etc…I am, however, going to try a women’s clinic today to see what I can do and if they can give someone who isn’t even TTC a fertility test just to make sure everything is working!! Does that sound crazy??
Just looking for reassurance and maybe even similar stories from other bees! Thanks, hive.
Post # 3
I have PCOS, and I have not had a period since early October. If you have always been irregular this may be what you have too.
It might be anything, but it is pretty unusual to have such a big period of time without menstruating.
I wish you luck.
Post # 4
Thank you, I am worried about that as I remember having an ovarian cyst that wound up taking care of itself during one of the years I was going to community college so I was between 18 and 20, forgot to mention that. Is that something that can be easily diagnosed? I have been having weird cramping these past couple days as well.
Post # 5
i havnt had a period for 2 months as we speak. ALL negative preggo test as well.
My doctor told me my BC pills could possibly stop my periods/ perhaps thats what is happening to you?!
Post # 6
@MrsRuby: I am wondering that myself, especially since I have been on them since I was 16, so that’s almost 9 years! I know there is a pill that can “jumpstart” it if the pill has started messing up hormone levels too much, which also means it’s time to switch forms. As long as my fertility is still doing okay, that’s what I’ll look into, but I can’t have half of them thanks to being diagnosed with major depression as well (no shot, no implant, etc). Hopefully it is that simple and we will have to just grin and bear it with condoms until we’re ready to start trying! (We’re actually ready whenever I say “go” according to Darling Husband, bless him, but given our short and international courtship, we’d love a year or two together all the time before taking such a big step!)
Post # 7
@hana.schmitt: I was on BC for years and after I went off my period was MIA for 6 months. Now I am completely regular, but I think that can happen! At least, it happened to me. I was so paranoid! 🙂 I took several tests as well.
Post # 8
I have PCOS, and when I got off of depo-provera, I would go 100-200 days without a cycle. The only things that regulated it (and allowed me to become pregnant) was getting on Metformin to combat my insulin resistance.
Post # 9
I had nothing wrong with me (that I know of at least!) and yet it took me just over 3 months to get my first period after going off the pill. I was about to go to the doctor to figure out why. They said to give it 3 months and if it didn’t come, to make an appointment. Anyway, it came, and while it was pretty irregular for a whole year afterwards, I did get pregnant on the first try, if that makes you feel better!
Post # 10
I would contact your doctor just in case something is wrong. One of my friends has been on the pill for years with normal periods, and then suddenly her periods just disappeared. She’s definitely not pregnant, but her doctor was sufficiently concerned to order a number of tests just to make sure nothing is wrong. So far, all of her tests have come back completely normal. Still, I know she really wants to get to the bottom of this, so I can understand why you would too…
Post # 11
Thanks bees 🙂 I feel much better, still wondering what’s up with my body though! I got sort of blown off as worrying too much at the clinic, which is sort of reassuring? She said there’s no way to test fertility without trying and failing to get pregnant! My medical and family history (irregular periods as far as I can remember – but what we’re doing as a result is partially because I can’t remember if they were irregular before the pill; ovarian cyst, HPV that didn’t get past coloscopy to check on it *cured itself, wahoo, go body!*) grandma with gynecological cancer) didn’t alarm her so that’s probably a good thing! I still think telling someone with clinical lifelong anxiety who has never missed a period that it’s “stress” is laughable, but that seems to be the strongest theory, that and maybe I’ve been on the pill too long!
I’m definitely going to look into getting a doctor ASAP here, but we have all that bureaucratic red tape in the way so it may take a while 🙁
For now, Darling Husband and I decided at the end of the month, we’ll start using condoms and I’ll go off the pill and try to get my old period back in action! If it doesn’t show up or remains irregular past the summer, we’ll start looking into more medical testing to figure out what’s wrong! And once it’s regular (assuming it is going to be this simple, hopefully!) we will decide if I want to try a new pill or we want to start trying earlier than planned!
I’m worried about just going on another BC pill but unless the patch is very effective I don’t really have that many options, for several reasons. The doctor I saw also told me if we are considering possibly maybe starting to try in the summer to start on folic acid now?