A Women-Only Question: Inner Workin's
October 29, 2011 2:21 AM Subscribe
Female/menstruation/BC issues requiring anecdata.
posted by tracicle to health & fitness (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am on oral contraceptives with no unusual effects or problems. My usual schedule runs like this: 21 days of BC, then 7 days of placebo. When I start the placebo it takes 4-5 days before my period actually starts and it is a brownish colour, maybe heavy for one day, and lasts about 3-4 days overall.
Last week I went away for a three-day weekend and forgot to take my pills. I missed two days and then took my pill the evening I got back, so about 10 hours later - so basically went 2.5 days without BC.
I got my period on that third day and it was red and heavy. It ebbed yesterday (day 5) and I thought it was finishing, but I'm on day six and it's come back red and heavy again.
What it seems like to me is that after years and years of artificially regulating my period cycle I am now sloughing off all the stuff that has built up because I haven't allowed my body to flush itself naturally. Has anyone else had a similar thing happen, or know what's going on? It's certainly not a go-to-the-doctor issue but I'm curious as to whether I should look at alternatives to the pill to prevent this hypothetical build-up of uterine tissue/stuff.