Army of Mom

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1.31.2006

TMI

You know, we never really know all the mysteries behind "Aunt Flo" and I always love how when I ask my doctor something he responds like "Oh yeah, everyone knows that."

Well, TMI for you dear readers, but if you venture here, you know better.

I get diarrhea when I'm on the rag. So, from about 12 till oh, this coming weekend, I've had the insult of the poops to accompany the injury of the bloating, cramping, bleeding and general bitchiness and weepiness that arrives about every 29 days for me. Yippee. I mentioned to my doc on my last exam about the poops and asked if that was normal. I get the "of course it is normal" look and the speech that everyone is different and for many women, that is very normal.

Anyway. Ventured on to the Menstrual Mysteries story and decided I might reather be out of work than to have the job of the lab tech who had to help determine what is light or heavy bleeding:
"To prove it was reliable, the researchers randomly recruited 31 women between the ages of 35 and 55 (all of whom were still menstruating and none of whom were using hormones) who agreed to meticulously save and preserve all their used menstrual products from three complete cycles. At the end of each cycle, a technician was sent out to collect the samples for processing in the lab. Over the course of the three cycles, the researchers collected 1,489 bags of used products. As part of the project, the women were also asked to use the six-point scale to estimate how much blood they had lost for each cycle. When the data was processed at the end, the researchers found that most of the women's ratings closely correlated with their actual blood loss. This was particularly true of the women who were the heaviest bleeders. "

Lab tech: ewww factor 10+

6 Comments:

  • At 2:31 PM, January 31, 2006, Blogger Gadfly said…

    Interesting

    My last post had TMI in the name.

    Dirty minds think alike, I suppose ;)

     
  • At 4:36 PM, January 31, 2006, Blogger MrsDoF said…

    As someone who uses the Diva Cup, I can say that each cycle is different, even with the same woman.
    And there was awhile in my late 30s when trips to the bathroom became quite urgent during that week of the month. Not runny stools, just very little warning that exit was about to happen.
    About another 10 years or so, the 'joys' of menopause will be upon you.

     
  • At 9:40 PM, January 31, 2006, Anonymous Lab Kat said…

    You know, this even grosses me out. And, I've seen your surgery wounds.

     
  • At 12:16 PM, February 02, 2006, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Diva cup. Eww.

    And, yeah, I'm topping out the grody factor here.

    Although, Gadfly's TMI blog entry has my way maxed on the gross out factor.

     
  • At 1:35 PM, February 10, 2006, Anonymous Kim said…

    After reading the article and checking the blogs I found yours. I have had the same problem since I was a teen (I just thought this was normal), I finally had a Dr. say "You have Irritable Bowel Syndrome". I have medication that helps with the extra wonderful addition of the "poops" during this week of torture. I don't know if this will help you, but I think anything is worth a try!

     
  • At 12:12 PM, February 16, 2006, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Thanks for the info. I figure if it gets bad enough, I'll go to the doctor.

     

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