Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Hormones Suck

Being a woman sucks. No, I correct myself. Being a woman is great. It's having estrogen that sucks.

Why you ask?

I know two women, both of whom are on birth control. Now, I'm not a big fan of synthetic hormones and/or artifical means of adding hormones to one's body, one's ecosystem, etc. But they do indeed serve a very practical purpose (more on that later). And, so, I return to these two women. One of whom had to recently double up on her dosage because she missed a dose. Cramping, nauseousness, and fever ensued. The other of whom has just begun a new form of birth control and has been 1) having migraines and 2) crying uncontrollably for days.

And then, there's me. I have felt PMS'y for days. Familiar story for me, true enough. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, I've never been regular, never had a cycle that levels me at an even keel. But I've been mood-swinging for days - complete with crying jags - and more than a month and a half since my last period. That's not fun math for a non-breeder.

Tomorrow I'm supposed to go to my gyn for a quarterly visit (ah, yes, the beauty of non-specific, abnormal results) and get another nasty procedure done. (Run of the mill pap smears are for the faint of heart!) And I'm not sure if I'd rather get my period, so that I don't have to go and know for sure I'm not pregant or if I'd rather not get my period and know for sure I don't have cancer.

See, like I said, having estrogen sucks.

By the way - if you have a young friend, daughter, etc. PLEASE advise them to get the HPV vaccine!