- 3 years ago
DH and I are talking about TTC later this year. For now, we’re still being strict with our BC methods: using a condom EVERY time, no exceptions, combined with the pullout method. We haven’t had a condom leak or break that we’ve noticed. The only thing we’ve been a little more lax about is timing. We typically avoid my fertile days, but I think we may have caught one of my fertile days this cycle.
Anyhoo, I’m not really worried about being pregnant, unless there was a condom malfunction that we didn’t notice, but I am noticing something weird this month. My cycle tends to be pretty regular (27-29 days) so assuming this is a regular month, I should be getting my period anytime within the next 2-4 days. The weird thing is, I have almost no PMS symptoms right now. Over the past 2 years, my PMS symptoms have gotten really, really severe, starting over a week before AF shows up. Extreme water-weight gain, very painful breasts, acne around my nose and chin, extreme fatigue, and irritability. Over the past couple of days, I have had NO bloating at all. My breasts feel a little bit swollen but I’m not experiencing the same level of tenderness. I have been irritable, but not overly tired. I have noticed some period-type cramping and the feeling of “heaviness” in my pelvic area that I usually get when AF is close, but no acne.
In terms of environmental factors, I am much less stressed this month than I’ve been in a long time. I feel like I spent all of 2016 dealing with high stress levels. I’m inclined to believe that this is behind my lack of PMS symptoms, but I’m curious whether any of you have experienced the same thing – a cycle when your PMS symtoms have been mysteriously reduced or absent.
I have a stash of cheap pregnancy tests but I’m going to wait until AF is officially due to start before I test, assuming I even need to.
Sorry for the long post. I wanted to be thorough.