age 45, on junel fe 1/20 6 mos now. did a search due to spotting this mos @week 2. in week 1, i had extreme breast tenderness. also, had unusual & severe nocturnal cramping @ my left calf w/ soreness for 2 days following. over the last several mos. i have experienced different symptoms that i could not attribute to anything in particular, i.e. diminishing sex drive, sleeplessness, anxiety, headaches, low energy, wieght gain, bloatedness, constipation, and forgetfulness. i fully anticipated that life style changes could make the difference. then after the irregular spotting and menstrual symptoms occurred and i looked at my b.c., i noted that a number of women had reported these other symptoms as well. i am now documenting my symptoms in relation to the week i'm on in my b.c. cycle. i'm also documenting my diet, and hours of sleep, as well as major or multiple stressors, in order to establish any patterns. if my memory serves me correctly, the first month on junel fe was great. i felt even. the long & heavy periods stopped. the pms disappeared. the second month is when i began experiencing anxiety, especially at night when i would wake up anxious out of a dead sleep. by mos. three, it was interfering w/ my well being. i increased my yoga and added meditation, and it seems reduced now, but still occurs. the sleeplessness is increased to several nights a week when i survive on 3 - 4 hours sleep per night. i have not missed a period but they are next to non-existent. i am definitely bigger. i fully intend to follow up w/ a doctor and consider optional therapies since my primary goal is menstrual regulation and not birth control. also, i have to note that i typically do not respond well to medicine. alternative therapies are often a better option for me.