I'm still having periods, so I know I'm not in menopause. But even they have changed somewhat.
I've been taking Prometrium for about a year now. Supposedly, that's supposed to prevent the uterine lining from thickening, so I shouldn't have periods. But I'm starting to have them monthly now (I've never been this regular - except when I was taking BCP). And it lasts about a day or so (I've had periods in the past that have lasted weeks - having it for a day is weird to me).
But I'm noticing that I'm weepy a lot more often these days.
I feel like crying right now - at everything. I was on Facebook a little while ago and almost started crying at a picture of a cat I saw. I got an email from a coworker and almost started crying at my desk. I feel like crying at the fact that menopause means my chances of having kids really is over. I feel like crying at just about everything today.
I can't keep feeling weepy all the time. Help.
I'm already taking both Welbutrin and Pristiq. Surely those are supposed to keep this from happening. Why am I still weepy?
What is your goal? To have no periods, no PMS, no peri, what? Why not go on birth control and then switch to HRT when the time comes? That's what I did. I wwas already on bcp so we changed to one with more estrogen and in two weeks every symptom was gone. That was about 17 years ago. 10 years ago I could tell my body didn't want to have periods and it was the pill forcing the bleed. So at 57 I went on HRT and haven't shed a drop of blood nor a tear since. Am still on Activella and will stay on it.
I was on BCP for hormone imbalance (not for birth control). However, it wasn't really working best for what my body needed. It was giving me estrogen when I didn't need any more of that. I needed progesterone. So the doctor put me on the Prometrium. It's just in the last few months that I've noticed that I'm actually having PMS and then a (light) period more regularly.
I don't want to, necessarily, get rid of the periods altogether. Even though having them isn't fun and is kinda a bother, I'm not looking forward to menopause when they're gone for good. That means that my chances of ever having kids is officially over, and that depresses me. Although having a child at my age wouldn't be wise, at least there is still that little thing in my life that says that I could.
I'd just like the weepiness to go away. Is that a part of the pre-m symptoms? If nothing else, I'd like to know that this isn't unusual.
I have an appt with my doctor next Monday to check a place on my breast that I want her to look at. So I can talk to her about hormones and the crying then. But until then, I thought I'd see if y'all had any advice.
As far as the previous lack of periods with Prometrium that has since changed to monthly short bleeds - Oral progesterone seems very individual as far as controlling the endometrial thickness and bleeding. And if you're in perimenopause (or even early menopause) then you may be having a spike in ovarian activity which could be causing the bleeding. An ultrasound could be done to check your uterine lining.
Progesterone causes low mood in a lot of women but that doesn't sound like the issue for you. It seems to be more that you're on the emotional side.
It seems to be more that you're on the emotional side.
Darn. I guess I was thinking this might be a little more typical of a hormonal change going on than just the old standard "too sensitive" thing. I thought others might have experienced it as well as they get older.
That means there's nothing that can be done to help. It's just me and can't be fixed.
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