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I Don't Get a Period… And It Freaks Me Out

By Danielle |

No more babies! PLEASE!

While it may be way too much information for some, I know there are some mothers out there who are in the exact same boat that I am!

Between birth control, and breastfeeding I haven’t gotten a period since my postpartum bleeding stopped months ago.  This leads me to a damn near anxiety attack every month when, like clockwork, I don’t get a period.

Of course, by now I should be used to it, but I’m not and I don’t think I ever will be simply because the only way I have remained calm, cool, and collective that I am not pregnant is the monthly cycle itself.

The only way I can convince myself every month that the amount of caution and birth control we use hasn’t failed is to take a home pregnancy test.  Yes, seriously!

Call me worried, neurotic, or whatever else crazy-type adjective you would like but my biggest fear in life right now is a birth control failure, after ending up with our adorable little Addison that way.

I mean, I am hanging on to my last ounce of sanity as it is… that would just send me right over the edge.  Although I thought my pregnancy with Addie was going to land me in a white padded room when I first found out.

Heck, I think it made me more carefree.

So until I have my IUD put in, I will continue with my monthly pregnancy tests to ease my own mind.

Do you do the same thing?


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8 thoughts on “I Don't Get a Period… And It Freaks Me Out

  1. Gretchen says:

    I did not get my cycle back until almost a year after my DS was born. We used FAM to get pregnant and I used that along with some other non-chemical alternatives to not get pregnant while I was breastfeeding.

  2. DeathMetalMommy says:

    I didn’t have a period for the entire duration of breastfeeding with each child and I was FINE with it. For some reason, I just knew there was no cause to worry.

  3. christine says:

    What is this “sex” you speak of, that necessitates a test?

  4. Karen L says:

    Any reason you’re delaying the IUD? I’ve had mine put in at my 6-week postpartum exam each time. One advantage is that you tend to avoid the heavy bleeding that menstruating women can get. Another is, hey, you’re in the stirrups anyway do the PAP while you’re at it. And, FWIW both times I was ready to try to get pregnant again, I got the IUD out and my cycle didn’t come back because I was still BFing. BUT ALSO, I did get pregnant while BFing about once every other day when my DD was about 16 mos.

  5. Danielle625 says:

    @Karen – I have had issues in the past with hormone based birth control, so my OB/GYN wanted me to do a couple months of the pill before we jumped into the IUD since it is more permanent. I haven’t had any issues thus far so now we are going to opt for the IUD now, and I am more comfortable with the choice.

  6. Katie says:

    @Christine – HAHAHA! That was exactly what I was thinking. We only have one baby and we’ve found the time, maybe, 4 times (?) in the past 6 MONTHS! God, that’s sad.

  7. Kira says:

    I haven’t been getting my period regularly for the past 2 years. I had my son 4 years ago. I would 3 to 4 months without my period till I finally saw my gyno and he told me to take a blood test. after which I found out that I have hypo thyroid, which slows your metabolism down and also messes with your monthly cycle. I got so used to not having a cycle that I just knew I wasn’t pregnant. I don’t know why it’s so hard to use condoms for some people or get on the pill but if u really don’t want to have anymore kids then why not get fixed, which is what i’m doing after i have one more then there is no more worry about tests which is like throwing money down the drain every month.

  8. Danielle625 says:

    @Kira – My husband and I do all of the above. Unfortunately for us our third child, who is four months old is a condom baby. Needless to say, I don’t really trust them much anymore.
    We didn’t take any permanent birth control measures at this point because we don’t know what another 10 years will bring us. We may want another child… but for now we are done.

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