The "flood" of blood soils my clothes. Normally, I'm
confined to my home during this time. I saturate a super tampon
after only 1 1/2 hours and after changing a tampon a large pile
of blood clots appear in the bottom of the toilet bowl and the toilet
water turns really red. Tampons are hard to insert, go in crooked,
and it hurts to pull them out (almost like my uterus is acting like
a suction cup). My vagina gets abnormally dry, and the tampon doesn't
stay up all the way; creeps down in a short amount of time. My period
intervals are three weeks between periods (used to be four weeks),
bleeding between periods looks like cocoa, severe PMS/menstrual
side effects every month (used to be every six months, then every
three months, and now every month!).
I have struggled with the worst case of PMS on the planet. I have
quit hundreds of jobs, rocky relationships, ruined my own life all
because of PMS. I WANT IT TO STOP! Up until a few months ago, I
have never heard of using birth control pills to stop a period.
No one ever told me not even my doctor! And I consider myself well-read,
and have kept up on any PMS articles. Of course my doctors have
been men, who don't take you serious when you tell them it is a
debilitating problem. My significant other went to the doctors with
me to convince him that I am a "bitch" while I'm PMSing
out. I am 42 years old in good health except for the PMS problem.
I have never had children, and it just gets worse the older I get.
I cannot afford to keep allowing this screw my life up.
I can't believe it. My symptoms occur 10-12 days before my period
ever starts! It ruins a large portion of my life. I have swollen,
puffy eyes, I can't think straight, I make wrong decisions, ugly
emotional outbursts, irrational thinking, purchases I have to return,
overspending, quit jobs, extremely tired, cranky, crying, extreme
emotional sensitivity, body aches all over, nerve pain, blank staring,
that "not here" feeling. My body temperature drops, I'm
cold, I have low blood pressure, and it dips even lower, sometimes
get shaky. My teeth hurt, I get sores in my mouth or any kind of
infection in my body flares out, abscess in a tooth, comes out in
the gum, goes away after my period goes away. My breasts are extremely
painful, can't sleep normally, pain in the back. The list is endless.
I've gotten to the point, I shut myself off from society, because
I feel like Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde.
I do not want to be in any study, because I can't take the risk
of getting the placebo!
Recently, my fiancé was having menstrual migraines and serious
dysmenorrhea. Her OB/GYN suggested undergoing menstrual suppression,
but gave her very little information on any possible short-term
or long-term side effects. My finance skipped her first period last
month by continuing to take her Desogen during week four. Ever since
then she has been feeling "not herself". Her breasts are
swollen and tender and she thinks her abdomen is somewhat bloated.
We are both concerned that she may be pregnant, but she is extremely
vigilant when it comes to taking her pills. She hasn't missed taking
a pill, that she can recall, for many months. I believe that the
changes she's experiencing are due to the newly implemented continuous
hormone treatment, and not due to pregnancy.
I have a couple of question regarding the physiological/hormonal
side effects from taking the birth control pill continuously.
What about the hormonal changes that occur during the usual cycle?
For example, increased irritability that occurs before my period,
increased sexual appetite during ovulation and before my period.
Obviously, I wouldn't mind losing the PMS, but would hate to decrease
my sex drive during the usual times of the month...