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By June 10, 2010 - 3:42pm
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I was in a bad car accident three years ago and I obtained a traumatic brain injury, and several parts of my body were severely fractured; everywhere from my neck down to my pelvis. When my pelvis fractured, it ruptured both my bladder and spleen. Now, just over three years, things are going okay (all things considered…), but my menstrual cycle has been very irregular ever since. I may have my period one month, might not.
I have tried different birth control pills, but each has made absolutely no change; same abnormal/uncertain/ spontaneous cycles. Several times when I have gotten my period, it comes at the time I had expected/hoped for it to come, and it will come with a “normal” light flow for a day or 2(tops), but continues for days (up to a week/week and a half) of dark brown liquid-like discharge, which comes very, very light (I can even just wear a pantiliner for the day and it doesn’t even seem to need a change). But then after about a week or so of that, I will, AGAIN, have 1-2 days of the same junk I had gotten at the start of this cycle a week or so earlier.

THEN, following this I’ll, have 1-2 weeks of nothing; yet feeling completely down, miserable, no energy, and every ounce of self confidence I have is washed away, until it all repeats itself.
I have gone from being a very, very happy person, who everybody liked- to a very “blah” person that a lot of people I have always been/would had been, close to- are now scared of me (which I know, may have a majority to do with the TBI, but I JUST want to know how I can control at least ONE part of my life, I have lost close to everything that’s ever matter to me- friends, intelligence, so much of my personality, even my dignity- like anyone else that’s 20years old and JUST wants to be able to live a little and not be CONSTANTLY thinking about THAT!
What can I do to simply control my menstrual cycle? My new doctor mentioned the Depo-Provera (the birth control shot).
Any advice???

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can someone help me i been having my period for three weeks and i am worry is somthing wrong with me I

June 16, 2010 - 2:38pm
(reply to PAO)

Hi, PAO,

Can you tell us a little more?

How old are you?

Are you having pain? Cramps?

Are you normally regular or irregular?

Is it still an actual flow? Is it heavy, or is it more like spotting?

June 17, 2010 - 9:22am

Hi Kelsey,
I am so sorry you had to go through such a traumatic event, and are still living through difficult times with your body after the accident.

If you have tried other hormonal contraceptives, it would not hurt to try the Depo shot...it would be great if it works to regulate your period. Many women (without prior traumatic events/accidents) need to try different hormonal contraceptives before they find the right one for them; you may have to try more before you find the one that helps regulate your cycle. I hope Depo is the right one for you, and it may take 3-6 months (or more) before you will know.

Have your doctors ruled out any underlying medical conditions that could also be effecting your cycle? Are you taking any other medications, as the menstrual cycle is a delicate balance of hormones that start in the pituitary gland, signaling other hormones to begin maturing an egg, etc. Any other chronic conditions and/or treatments could effect your cycle...but there is hope that you can find the balance between all of them to be able to have a somewhat predicable cycle (or, a cycle that you can live with).

Also, are you seeing a counselor or psychologist? You sound very sad, mad, angry, depressed...and it would be so helpful to talk with someone who specializes in working with individuals who have gone through life-changing events. We can help you find someone if you like, and please feel free to talk with us about what else is going on in your life (not just your menstrual cycle). I'm sorry that you are dealing with all of this, and we are here to talk with you!

Take care, and hope to hear from you again soon.

June 10, 2010 - 8:31pm
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