I've gotta admit it: I'm completely baffled. And I hate it when my body confuses me (if you are hoping this will be about a sports injury and won't be "gross", you might as well stop reading now).
So, it's now been three months since I had a miscarriage (I know, I said I wouldn't write about it again. But I didn't think I would need to). Generally I feel healthy. I am eating better, getting probably more than enough sleep and have been in no way under the weather since July.
But now, I have just had a 2 ½ week menstrual cycle. This means that I actually ovulated while I was still having my last period. I have a decent imagination and would never underestimate what the human body can do, but THIS seems impossible. Anyone who has studied the estrogen and progesterone cycles knows the impossibility of this.
Since my miscarriage, I have had a 38 day cycle, a 34 day cycle and now, a 19 day cycle. I will also point out that the second period was very light. The other two have been such that I am afraid to go to bed at night because I am bleeding so much. (if the men haven't clicked away already, they are all gone now)
I did what I think was a very thorough literature search this morning and have only come up with two articles, which both indicate that return to normal ovulation, hormone levels and cycles should occur within two month after a miscarriage. But I can't get online access to the full articles through the U of Copenhagen, because they are too old.
1. Donnet ML, Howie PW, Marnie M, Cooper W, Lewis M. Return of ovarian function following spontaneous abortion. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf) 1990;33:13–20.
2. Elkas JC, Cunningham DS. Effect of 1st-trimester loss on restoration of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis. Gynecol Obstet Invest 1995;40:257–260.
However, if you simply do a google search, there are women from all over the world, with no medical background, who simply say "of course menstrual cycles are abnormal after a miscarriage - sometimes for many months".
So what gives? What is "normal"? When should I start to worry (by the way, I started a long time ago)? And can someone please explain to me how you can ovulate while you are having a period?
Before there is a stampede of people writing "go to your doctor", I will explain this: I have an equal amount of general medical training as most of the general practitioners in Denmark and I think they will likely also be baffled and simply send me on to more tests, without knowing they are looking for. Second, my doctor is also our next door neighbor and the father of The Lorax's best friend. 3rd: you can't make an appointment with an OB-Gyn without a referral from your GP, who again, is our neighbor. 4th: I generally find going to the doctor to be a waste of time (with certain, though limited, exceptions).
Update from the last post: the sex shop from the last post just closed yesterday out of the blue.
Running songs of the day:
I Want the World to Stop by Belle & Sebastian
Licenses to Hide by the Posies
Photo from Mount Royal, Frisco, Colorado.
"Children are fascinated by the ordinary and can spend timeless moments watching sunlight play with dust. Their restlessness they learn from you. It is you who are thinking of there when you are here. It is you who thinks of then instead of now. Stop. Let your children become the teachers and you the student" - William Martin