Normal, or not

Paige Speers
Posted May 23, 2019 from United States

I had a 3-week cycle, cramps worse in some  months more than others, and low moods (all of which I now see could have been helped with dietary modifications) When I was 20, I developed clinical anxiety, and that brought on concern over whether initial brownish spotting is typical or not. Wanting more regularity and mood stability in my cycle, I took Yaz and every generic variant of it (I heard, good for PMS from the original prescribing Dr, and my subsequent Dr and NP didn’t question it)

That, in combination with anti-anxiety meds for 12 years, likely caused near-fatal blood clots. (It happened several years after the warning labels, and generics, so I’m more likely to win my Social Security Disability benefits case than have grounds for inclusion in a class-action Yaz suit.

on a side note-(I experienced 5 months of amenorhea after the pulmonary embolism/anoxic brain injury.  For the better part last year, I’ve used washable pads by Charlie Banana.

This story was submitted in response to Menstruation Matters.

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Lisbeth
May 23
May 23

How are you? So sorry to hear this, it is a very rough "period" experience. With a lots of complications. Wow! I guess its not same at this your age? Identification of the problem might have comes along with solution. Thanks for sharing.

Paige Speers
May 24
May 24

I was 32, now 35.

Jill Langhus
May 24
May 24

Hi Paige,

Thanks for sharing your first post! Wow! A 3-week cycle. I've never heard of that before, or Yaz, for that matter. So, are you still on this Yaz and anti-anxiety meds? Are you feeling better? Let us know how we can help. I hope you're feeling better now.

Paige Speers
May 24
May 24

Yaz: hormonal birth control. No more of either of those. I’m also no longer taking the 3 muscle relaxers I was on for the injury side effect of left leg spasticity. (That has settled)
Now, I ‘m a lifer on blood thinner.

Jill Langhus
May 24
May 24

Oh, okay. I think I have heard of it. I hated being on birth control. It was recommended to me in my late teens for fainting and really heavy periods. I'm so glad I didn't stay on it for very long, though. Great that you're weeding out these medications, if you ask me. What is the blood thinner for? Feel free to message me if you need additional support or would like to brainstorm on different healing modalities. I've tried quite a few at this point:-)

Paige Speers
May 24
May 24

The blood clots were numerous enough in both lungs/cardiac arrest -and it was considered unprovoked, bad enough to require preventative maintenance. I couldn’t be consistent enough with my intake of greens/vitamin K to stay on Cumidin. There is no generic Xarelto, though I qualify for a discount card and my husband’s work insurance plan covers a lot of it.

Jill Langhus
May 24
May 24

Oh, okay. Well, I hope you're feeling better now!?

Hello, Paige,

Wow. You are a brave warrior to be going through all those complications. Keep fighting! Who knows you’ll inspired women who silently endure the sam battle like yours? Keep writing! Thank you for sharing your courage!

Welcome to World Pulse!

leila Kigha
Jun 29
Jun 29

so sorry to hear about this.
have had some people in my entourage go through long and painful flows but i never really knew the gravity.
how are you doing now?

Paige Speers
Jun 29
Jun 29

I’m getting well, all I take now is blood thinner and vitamins. What would use Social Security Disability for is restoring my wellbeing and coaching to have a speaking business.