Dear Dr. AskMe, I know you are not my doctor.
July 7, 2009 11:12 AM Subscribe
I have a lady problem. Removing my uterus and storing it in my closet until I next need it isn't an option. Please help me find a lady solution. More (TMI) inside.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (81 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Excuse my explicit description, but I feel stupid dancing around the issue. When I get my period, the first day tends to incapacitate me. I frequently experience extreme pain for several hours which makes it impossible for me to do more than lie in bed moaning, writhing, and feeling very sorry for myself. This is accompanied by painful diarrhea and, less frequently, the feeling that I am about to pass out (to the point of things starting to go black) which I have so far always been able to head off via immediate lying down.
Living like this is less and less acceptable to me. It's one thing when you're a student and you might have to miss class, but I am entering the legal profession and the hours are long and inflexible. I am worried that I will have a trial at the wrong time of month and not sure how I would cope. It's also making it difficult for me to enjoy my life. I planned a trip around my period, but my cycle was a bit irregular this summer and now my trip date coincides with when I should next be punched in the gut by nature. I am very, very stressed about this. I understand that this is an overreaction, but I am picturing myself strapped into the window seat during a 12 hour flight, unconscious, and covered in blood and poo. I’m trying to be funny, but I’m near tears.
So, the obvious solution is the pill. But I am very, very afraid of the pill. Forgive me, I know it's irrational, but my fear is clearly real enough to have prevented my even trying the pill out despite spending more time than I care to calculate weeping with pain and crawling back and forth between my bed and the toilet.
I am afraid of the pill because it's unnatural (irrational), because of the side effects (more rational, though one of the side effects I most fear is weight gain, which is kind of shameful), because you have to remember to take it every day at the same time and I worry that I wouldn't, and because I hate taking pills in general.
I don’t “have” a doctor, though I have health insurance. My two abortive attempts to talk about this with obgyns in the past were as follows: one doctor told me she wouldn’t give me prescription-strength pain medication because it didn’t happen every time and that was the end of our conversation; one doctor shoved a random pack of pills at me and told me “you WILL get fat,” then asked me to leave because she had another appointment. I am shy about talking about this stuff in person anyway.
Is there any way that I can handle this without taking the pill (or getting an IUD, worse, or the shot, worse)? I have little hope that there is an answer to this question that is not “no.”
More realistically, given that I probably have to take the pill if I want to control this issue, how can I get more comfortable with that idea?
I am very grateful for your help and advice (but, please, don’t tell me to suck it up). I can be reached at lamezilla[at]gmail.