Karen (improbable) wrote in cathouse2,

menstruation at mid-life

When I was a teenager, I fairly exploded blood every month. I remember it that way: how it started so suddenly that I never seemed prepared, flowed so strongly that containing it with pads was a challenge (and often a failure), and I never cramped until I was well into my 20s. There was no ebb and flow in the fertile body, just gush and flood.

The most disturbing change with time is how PMS has become a genuine phenomenon that I have to acknowledge and admit to. Even when I don't realize it at the time. All other parts of my period have become more reasonable. But on a day like today, when I spot the signal of blood, it occurs to me that *this* is why I got suddenly tired and achy around my lower spine last night after hours of walking and standing.
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