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    SCI's and menstruation

    I became a T8 complete para on Sept 2 of this year. At the time of my injury, I was on my period. Since that date, I have missed three periods. I was told that it could take anywhere up to a year for them to return.

    My question is, how do SCI's know when their period is likely to start? Before my injury, my only clue was my cramping. Being a T8, I am not sure if I will feel the cramps.

    Don't get me wrong, I am in no rush for them to start again, but at least if it happened before I get my bladder management under control and "HOPEFULLY" get out of the Depends, it would not be such a big unwelcome surprise.

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    Bloating, moodiness, spasms, unexplained autonomic dysreflexia, horrible diarrhea. Other people have other symptoms. It SUCKS. Yay menopause.

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    my spasms get more aggravated, but other than that no warning, once it returns just keep track of it on a calendar so you possibly know what week it'll fall on.
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    Same as Ashley, my spasms kick up. Also I get more back pain. Other than that I don;t know til I get surprised.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J
    I became a T8 complete para on Sept 2 of this year. At the time of my injury, I was on my period. Since that date, I have missed three periods. I was told that it could take anywhere up to a year for them to return.
    Obvious question here... are you sure you're not pregnant? And, yeah, it can take time to return to a regular cycle.

    My question is, how do SCI's know when their period is likely to start? Before my injury, my only clue was my cramping. Being a T8, I am not sure if I will feel the cramps.
    As far as I know, I've never had a menstrual cramp in my life. Before my accident, I was extremely irregular, as I was on the BC pill and only got my period a couple of times a year. At this point in my life, I am running on a monthly cycle. About every 4 wks my body does it's thing. I don't have any specific warning that I'm going to start bleeding, but I do know when I'm ovulating and I get my period about a week and a half after that. At best, I have very, light spotting the day before the world turns crimson.

    My advice would be to keep a calendar and record daily changes so you can recognize your own cycle, even if it is a subtle one. Spasticity, changes in mood, changes in vaginal discharge, any lower abdomen or back pains... these can all indicate different aspects of your cycle. Good luck.

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    i'm T4, my periods returned about 4 months after my accident. About 2 days before they start I get really bad pins and needles sensations through my legs and lower torso. Once the period starts, the pins&needles die down quite a bit (they are there pretty much all the time anyway but never as severe as before my period).

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    I'm a T8 and had two months of periods after the accident (while in the hospital and rehab) then three months without and now I am back to normal. I know "it" is coming because my breasts get tender, my spasms increase in intensity and I have trouble with cathing (dryness,leaking). I also have felt my cramps but they are not as painful as before. Hope this helps.

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    I can tell it's coming when I get really spastic and tight. I also get some mild AD.

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    Buy a calendar to mark your body.

    When do I pee accidently?

    When do I poop accidendtly?

    Am I more tired?

    Get thee ass to your gyno.

    I never had cramps pre-SCI. I got my period on target date after and have for the last 25 plus years. I had a scare but mother nature decided it wasn't right.

    Now I have severe crammps, AD and a host of other fine pre menopausal symptoms I hope you and others will not have to go through with the study at UofMichigan!
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    I didn't have periods for about 3 months after injury. I was nearly due just before I became paralyzed - but the sci shocked my body into missing even that one.

    Used to get awful cramps at the start of bleeding, which lasted about a day (the pain, that is). Now I'm sci, I don't feel any menstrual cramps.
    I get the usual pmt symtoms the same as I did before injury - irritability, feeling down, crying, feeling ravenous.

    I get minor ad feelings sometimes, but it's not obvious enough that I always realize what's happening.
    I find if I'm going to pee myself, it's much more likely to happen around (usually before) a period.

    I don't get any real change in my spasms, but then I've always been very lucky not to be too troubled with spasms in general.

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