I've always had an irregular period since I started at 13.
I had a baby at 22. I'm 27 now.
For the past year or so, my periods are always at least a week late and EXTREMELY heavy. I mean like, a super tampon barely lasts an hour. I've ruined so many jeans, undies, and I'm constantly paranoid at work (I work in a call center so it's often difficult to get off the phone to run to the bathroom). I have huge blood clots. I've wasted so much money on pregnancy tests because of my late periods, and I go through a box of super tampons in two days.
What. The. Hell.
Some background on me:
I drink and smoke. A lot. I drink too much wine (at least a bottle or two a night). My life is ruled by stress and anxiety. I don't eat enough red meat. I take iron pills during my period or I literally cannot function (exhaustion, irritability, not being able to walk up a flight of stairs without wanting to just collapse and sleep the rest of the day). I work 8 hours a day, five days a week. I have unprotected sex with my boyfriend.
I'm gluten intolerant. My diet consists of white meat (fish, poultry, shellfish), eggs, lots of green veggies, coconut or olive oil, fruit, etc. No pasta, bread, potatoes, rice, or processed foods. I'm 5'4, 140. Not overweight, but not fit.
TLDR; I make a lot of stupid decisions. Are they behind my ridiculous periods?