Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome
Friday, June 13, 2008
I've suffered with PTLS for nearly seven years now. For the most part, I can handle what life throws at me. However, for the last few months, when my period arrives, it's been pretty bad.
The cramps start up a couple of days before my period arrives. At that point, they're nagging, but not overly bad. The headaches also start, but that's usual for a period anyway. The first two days of my period though, I'm barely able to get out of bed. I suffer terrible cramps, huge blood loss, and to boot, I lose a lot of clots, and we're not talking the tiny ones. We're talking BIG! I can bleed for any length of time from 5 days, to 8 or 9 days. This is actually an improvement from the 12 to 14 days I bled for the first few months after having my tubal.
As for other symptoms that have started showing themselves to me at any time of the month, these are as follows:
- Loss of libido. Sex just doesn't interest me like it used to anymore. I feel bad about this, because I feel like I can't do anything for my partner, and that upsets me.
- My insomnia has kicked back in, big time. Normal bedtime for me these days is 3 - 4am. I might sleep till 11am, and then have to go for a nap in the afternoon.
- I have areas of skin on my legs that itch like crazy at times. There is no dry skin, nor a rash of any kind, but I scratch till my legs bleed. It drives me just crazy!
- I also had quite a weight gain too. In the last 2 years I gained 2 stone, or 14lbs. Finally, I've started losing it again, with a loss of 9lbs so far. Hopefully, this will continue.
These are in addition to the symptoms that I normally have to contend with, such as irritability, depression, and many others on the list. All of these showing themselves at various times during the month, have made me more determined than ever that I will have my Tubal reversed. I just want my 'normal' life back. I want to feel like I used to feel, and not have to worry about whether my period is going to put me on my back for two days.
Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome is a horrible horrible condition. Doctors need to start acknowledging this as a condition, and start informing women that they may suffer from this if they decide to have a Tubal Ligation as a means of Birth Control.