OK, so some people may find this post gross, but I’m going to do it anyway, so consider yourself warned.
For the past 7 years or so, my monthly cycle has been slowing down. I’m getting close to that age where these things happen naturally in women. I think it was accelerated a bit by my obesity and the doctor thinks so too. I still have one or maybe two cycles during the year and it always catches me off guard. On the whole, however, I do not have to worry about buying pads or tampons on a regular basis.
Fortunately, I keep a small supply of pads on hand just in case. It has proved to be a wise thing to do, especially if one of my friend’s are visiting and I hear them say, “Oh no!” from the bathroom followed by the inevitable, “Um, Colleen…” I can then tell them with confidence, “Under the sink on the left!” But primarily I keep a supply on hand in case I need them once or twice a year.
Before the gastric by-pass surgery the nurse asked me about my cycle and I told her I had not had one in a while. She then told me that they may start-up again when I start losing weight. She said that young women often get pregnant a year or so after the surgery because their bodies become more fertile again. I was not really ready for that possibility as I long ago gave up the notion of having children. I was a little bit shocked to hear that my periods may return.
Well, it has been one month and one day since the surgery and I woke up to a little surprise visitor this am. I honestly thought that I would have to lose a lot more weight before my cycle started up again. I was a little bit shocked to see evidence of it so soon. I do not know at this point if this is a yearly or bi-yearly event or if this is a return to pre-obese normalcy.
I am not sure what to expect at this point, but I feel the need to go and stock up on supplies just in case!