I started my cycle when I was 13. I had a little spotting one month, nothing for a few months, and then wham full blown cycles. I literally started right around my 13th birthday.
I'm sure hormones played a role in the depression that followed that winter, hanging on pretty relentlessly.
I'd have racking cramps for a few days, cycle about 5 days. Pretty average flow from what they told me in my health classes. That's been standard for the last 27 years.
Back in the late 90's, my cycle changed up a bit, lighter and brighter. I asked my Nurse Practicioner (oh I wish I could have brought her to Texas), and she said things change every several years.
I developed an ovarian cyst on my right ovary in 2000, which made my cycles hell. The cyst would bleed into my abdominal cavity every cycle, causing excruciating pain. I couldn…