Saturday, April 01, 2006

Surrounded By Stupid

My sister has never officially been diagnosed as having PCOS. Many moons ago, a few years before she had Caleb, she was having irregular periods (3-4 months apart) and had an ultrasound, where they discovered countless cysts on her ovaries. Because she didn’t have a partner and wasn’t “trying” (well she was, she really didn’t mind who the daddy was, she just wanted to fall pregnant, have a baby, and hope that he’d do the right thing and marry her), there was no declaration that she had PCOS and no offer to “manage” the problem.

She has been seeing this bloke for about the last 12 months or so, who up until recently, lived about 4 hours away. He’s a previous financial adviser who managed to get himself into gobs of debt and at 32, moved back in with his parents to clean up his massive debt by driving taxis. Apart from a few days together here and there, their relationship was mainly carried out via the phone. Because he was trying to save money, most nights, he’d call her on her mobile, let it ring twice, then hang up, she would then call him back from the home phone. This little exercise would cost her roughly $160 a month, which on a single parents pension, is alot of money. As you could imagine, I don’t hold this fella in very high regard. I know I shouldn’t let it bother me, but what kind of a prick would do this knowing she had limited funds and had a child to raise??

Anyhoo, he got accepted into university here as a mature aged student and moved down to Brisbane about a month ago. So being the responsible sister that I am, I gave her my birth control pills, which are still in date, that have been sitting in my cupboard for the last umpteen years. She hasn’t had a period since December, so has been waiting for them to show up before she starts taking them. **Quick question for those in the know, can she start taking them even though her period hasn’t shown up? Will they help bring them on?***

So, this morning, I’m putting some washing in the machine.....
“Sorry if we were noisy last night (giggle)” her not so subtle attempt at telling me that she got lucky
“We didn’t hear a thing....... please tell me you used protection”
(lots of looking everywhere but at me)
“But he pulled out before he came! And besides, I haven’t had a period since December.”
inject a tirade of abuse that included words like, dickhead, stupid fuck, irresponsible etc, and a refresher course in how babies are made.

Did I mention that the dickhead who thinks that “pulling out” is a good choice of birth control, is currently studying to become a fucking DOCTOR?????? GD help us all.........


Blogger DD said...

She can start the bcp anytime as it's been month since her last one as a period is just the shedding of the uterine lining if there's enough hormones. At this stage of the game, she needs to be on something!

11:25 PM  
Blogger Lorem ipsum said...

PCOS has nothing to do with it. She's just stupid.

Remember: 50% of doctors graduate in the bottom half of their class. This guy, it seems, may be hanging out on the low end.

As for taking the pills, I *believe* that if she takes a bunch of them it'll act as emergency contraception, but she needs to do it quickly. There are probably websites that explain these things, or if you have a friendly pharmacist willing to let you in on the secret. Good luck.

12:41 AM  
Blogger Lorem ipsum said...

ps The fact that she may or may not have PCOS and irregular periods is a reason she SHOULD be on birth control more than anyone. At least those of us with regularly scheduled ovulation have a clue as to when we might be fertile.

*banging head against wall for you*

12:43 AM  
Blogger Just another Jenny said...

Typically a woman who hadn't had her period in 3 months would have a hell of a time getting pg but it sounds like she'll probably end up one of the urban legands, manage to get knocked-up and avoid any PCOS dangers. The irony of life never fails to amaze me.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Em said...

I can feel an urban legen coming on. A doctor? Is he serious?

7:13 AM  

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