I decided to start this because I think pregnancy blogs are a great way to document the 9 months. Unfortunately I'm not pregnant, I'm broken instead. Sorry, not ultrasound photos or cute photos of my growing belly (it might be growing, but it's not cute).
So here is the story how I got this way:
I got my period just like any other girl. Nothing odd there, it was even regular back then. But when I was 16 I skipped a month, then another month, then a couple months... That pattern continued. I now get my period anywhere from 3 weeks to 8 months apart, lasting 3 days to 3 weeks long. It almost sounds kind of awesome, but now I'm 26, married and ready for a child. I want to know why I'm like this. I've also had two LEEPs to remove precancerous cells from my cervix when I was 19 and 24. That is a while other set of problems...
In the past I have been on Ortho Novum, Ortho Evra (the patch), Depo-Provera (the shot), nothing, Depo again, Yaz, nothing and now Microgestin (Loestrin). The ones with estrogen are supposed to "fix" me. They really just hide what is wrong until I get off them again. That and the side effects are horrible. The progestin only ones are great, no side effects, except they stop my period all together.
I've been to probably 10 OB/GYNs in the past years (we are military, I move around a lot.) I said before I moved here I would get myself "fixed", or something like that. Of course I stalled for 6 months to make an appointment (normal for me.)
First appointment with new GYN. I have a body temperature of 94.8°F on two different thermometers. I'm sent for a TSH thyroid test after the doctor felt my neck up. I'm told it came back normal. GYN couldn't find my cervix during my pap smear, a lot of scarring & very small opening due to second LEEP. I'm put on Microgestin for 6-12 months to correct my irregular period.
Another GYN appointment to switch my Microgestin, that was running out, to the patch (less side effects & easier to use). Doctor told me I had to stay on Microgestin for at least another month. Blood pressure increased from 120/80 to 130/80. I asked for testing for PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome). I'm informed it is just an ultrasound & GYN wouldn't authorize it. I got the "no testing, no treatment, no need to know" speech and told all they can do is keep me on Microgestin. I'm told to come back in 4 weeks to recheck the blood pressure & more Microgestin.
Ditched that GYN & had appointment at my regular primary doctor to get a referral to another OB/GYN (military policy). I'm told I'm most likely having anovulatory cycles (stopped ovulation). Microgestin will not fix that & I'm taken off it. My thyroid test (from December) came back at 4.08, slight hypothyroidism (underactive). Could be the cause of my problem. I'm maked down for Oligomenorrhea (4-9 periods/year, 35+ days) for the first time, even though I've know that's what I've been for years.
I have an appointment with my new OB/GYN on Monday. I'm worried I'm not fixable...