Don't worry, boys, this isn't a post about getting my period.
It's actually a post about not getting my period.
You see, it all started because I was coming due for my annual exam at the ob/gyn. Regardless of being diagnosed with PCOS and so having a very random menstrual cycle, the following conversation almost always takes place:
OB/GYN: When was your last period?
Me (in this particular case, for example): August 14th
OB/GYN: Are your cycles normally this long?
Me: They vary. Sometimes, yes, they are.
OB/GYN: Is there any chance you might be pregnant?
Me: I suppose there's the theoretical possibility, yes.
OB/GYN: Have you taken a pregnancy test?
Me: No. I don't really think I'm pregnant. I just have random cycles.
OB/GYN: Let's have you take a pregnancy test.
They always make me take a pregnancy test. This is especially true at a new doctor's office, as this coming exam would be since we just moved a few months ago. I've even had general practitioners make me take them periodically. Apparently any woman not in perfect health with a menstrual cycle that runs like a Swiss watch is pregnant. Back in the day when I was having severe fertility issues and had spent years trying and failing to get pregnant, this constant testing was like being smacked with my barrenness over and over again. I used to dread going to the doctor.
I'm not so touchy about it now, but being a practical person, I'm also not really interested in paying however much ob/gyn offices end up charging for a pregnancy test when I can buy one myself at Walmart for $7.99. I'm perfectly capable of peeing on a stick without medical instruction, thank you very much. So, in order to head off this sure to be pricey (as all things at a doctor's office tend to be) test, I went to Walmart and shelled out $7.99 for an over-the-counter test.
Um... Wait... does that say "YES +"? As in "yes, I'm positive you're pregnant"?
Fine. Maybe missing a period isn't *always* because of the PCOS.
I should also note, for those of you who are curious, that my husband was not in Alabama when I took the test this time.
He was in Maryland.
He has requested that, in future, I time my pregnancy tests to coincide with the half of the week when he is actually in the same state.
By the way, did I mention that I'm pregnant!?!