Hi, I'm hoping someone can help me out. This may get a little TMI, so be forewarned--don't read on if you're squeamish.
I missed three periods (due to major stress, as far as I know--I took about 6 hpts and they were all negative; I also went to the dr and my IUD is still in/tested negative in Sept), August-October. Last week my period started, and it started out brown, then the next three days it was bright red and gushing/flooding (I have a Paragard, so I'm pretty used to heavy bleeding by now), then tapered off to spotting. That in itself was odd, as I expected it to be one of those massive clotty periods with lots of old brown/dark red blood,esp after not having a period for three months!
So, anyway, to the point--I was cramping pretty painfully and I made myself a red raspberry leaf infusion, which I'd read could help ease cramps. No such luck--immediately after I drank it (I let it infuse for 5 minutes so it would still be hot), I had a series of major cramps in my uterus, which felt almost like contractions. I didn't pass any clots or anything and once I lay down for a little while I felt fine.
Has anyone else gotten cramping from RRL when they *weren't* pregnant? I don't have PCOS, polyps, endo or fibroids. Usually I take ibprofen for cramps, but the RRL is just sitting there, going stale, and I want to use it up so I don't feel bad about buying more :) TIA!!