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Invisible Blood: Pre-menstrual Dysphoric Disorder, the Mirena Coil and Covid-19

Photo by  Ian Espinosa  on  Unsplash I was standing in the kitchen when a wave of dread washed over me. It was rapid, overwhelming and frightening, soaking my hair and every cell in my body in seconds. Still from The Shining (1980), dir. Stanley Kubrick. Writing now, I’m reminded of that bit in The Shining when a torrent of blood bursts through the doors into the hotel corridor. That blood is crimson; mine was black, a colossal clot filling the room. Swept up in rip currents, I felt the floor fall from my feet and I was submerged, simultaneously falling and floating. There was a change in mood; my shoulders rolled forward and my head dropped. “It’s here,” I said to my husband. I didn’t have to tell him what ‘it’ was; he’s almost as well-acquainted with this uninvited visitor as I am. Pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder  (PMDD) involves the brain's abnormal response to hormonal changes. It causes devastating depressive episodes lasting up to two weeks at a time, d

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