Because my WordPress podcast player isn’t working this week, you’ll have to visit the link above to listen to the podcast.
So, thankfully, I didn’t have anything wrong with me while I was spotting last week. I just had a menstrual period.
After a year and a half of being in menopause.
After being without a period for two and a half years.
Menopause math is hard.
Apparently, irregular menstruation can occur during menopause. It’s extremely unlikely, yet it can happen. I’m special like that. 🙂
Is Pexels even aware of what menstruation is?
After hearing a gynecologist talk about it on TikTok, I went on to address gynecologist anxiety. A female commented in that doctor’s post that she will never have a pap smear again because of her fear, adding something to the effect of, “if I die, I die.” A pap smear is done to check for cervical cancer.
I asked my gynecologist about this anxiety, and she explained that many women are hesitant to go because of prior trauma, fear of pap smears, they don’t think they need a pap if they’ve never had intercourse, and so on. I mentioned that my biggest fear was in-office biopsies.
I also shared an event that I had kept private for a long time due to feelings of shame. It happened during Anna’s birth, and it made me feel weak, which I believe is at the root of a lot of gynecological trauma and fear.
This will undoubtedly be a podcast that you will need to listen to in order to fully understand. I generally prefer to end posts like these with a question, but it felt too intrusive this time. So, if you feel safe sharing, I am here to listen. However, I understand if you do not. Just know that you are not alone.