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Old 07-03-2006, 01:26 PM   #1
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Ready to start the pill for peri symptoms

Hello everyone. I've been on the boards for approx 1 yr and still doing battle with what I'm 100% convinced is peri. My gyn still insists I'm too young - 40
the symptoms started out with pretty violent shaking and shortness of breath, with alot of research and initiating the process of elimination myself by seeking specialists the tests have been all clear so what else is left??? HORMONES!! Which is what I suspected right from the start
I've been on and off different meds mostly for the anxiety. Off them now the original symptoms decreased and more and more of the peri symtpoms are present. My cycle has been regular (27/28 days) there has been some minor but noticable changes, what once was pms 2 days before the start has shifted around the month, there is no certain day during the cycle it all starts, each month it's a wait and see approach.
Just recently I've been getting 3/4 pimples a few days of the start, it's been way over 20 yrs since I've had a pimple on my face right before it starts. The most bland food repeats on me, And for the big finish, my sleep disturbance has gotten much worse over the last few months, sometimes I have trouble falling alseep but the new challenge is getting back to sleep after waking (for no reason) well before the sun comes up. I never feel rested which is totally new for me ... my husband used to call me the "SLEEP CHAMP" never, ever had touble sleeping before. It takes a big push to get things done, seems like I can't stay focused on the smallest things, the brain seems to be in a fog, etc. This is a very dramatic chage for me
My last gyn visit she suggested a low dose of birth control to ease what she only hears as the PMS (cramps, moods, etc), I feel it's time to give up the frustrating battle of words (Peri vs PMS) and take the pill. I worry it can get worse as the menopause yrs approach.
PS ... the genetics issue is also eliminated, my mom was pregnant with her 7th child at the age of 40. We never knew about her menopausal yrs, she hid it very well, too busy taking care of atleast 4 of the younger kids by then.

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Old 07-03-2006, 01:47 PM   #2
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Re: Ready to start the pill for peri symtpoms

I am on the pill at 51 for heavy periods and ovarian cysts. It has sure helped the heavy bleeding and the ovary discomfort is better too. I wish it would help my acne! When I was a teenager I started on the pill at 17 for bad cramps. I stayed on it for 6 years then went off to start a family. Haven't been back on the pill until 5 months ago. I am uncomfortable being this old and on the pill. I have been talking with too many ladies recently that have been on synthetic hormones and bio-indentical hormones that have breast cancer. But I think the length of time you stay on the hormones is the key. Most women I have talked with were on hormone replacement for quite a few years. I am going to try to stay on the pill no longer than a year, hoping that my hormones will even out and I can head to menopause without feeling like I did before the pill. I am glad I tried it, at least I am no longer bleeding to death every month. Give it a try if your personal and family history are ok. It's easy to quit if it doesn't work for you. Take care, Ann

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Old 07-03-2006, 02:14 PM   #3
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Re: Ready to start the pill for peri symtpoms

thank you for your input, I am alittle nervous about starting it now
I was on the pill when I was approx 16 to regulate my cycle. I had some difficulty with it for a few yrs and eventually stopped it. never having a "regular" cycle until approx 3 yrs ago. all of a sudden it's been like clockwork.
My gyn and I have discussed family history, I keep 6 month appointments with her due to breast cancer history in the family (my mom)
and I quit smoking 10 months ago ... I think I'm ready ... physically anyway

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Old 07-03-2006, 04:37 PM   #4
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Re: Ready to start the pill for peri symtpoms

Go for it! Was on the pill for nearly 2 years, consistent dosage, and didn't realize how wonderful it was until the doctor took me off everything about a week ago since apparently it's not normal to bleed as much as I was while on the bcp. Immediately started one of the heaviest and painful periods I've ever had. Really wishing I could go back on it but have to wait to see the gyn first. Unfortunately my appt isn't for 3 months.

Old 07-03-2006, 05:53 PM   #5
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I'm just about ready to make the call. most symptoms have calmed down over the past yr like the anxiety fits, but the list has gotten longer, lack of sleep, acne, moods etc so all I can do now is hope that is all it will take. and no side effects that may increase any problems while adjusting to the pill. a big concern now is that it's been a many, many yrs since I've been on it

Now I just need a full night sleep

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