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    Default A question for the ladies...

    So please excuse me if I come off as naive, but I have never been on a birth control pill, shot or IUD, so I have a few questions. First being that I have noticed as I get older my emotions are going wild especially about a week before my TOM. For example, a Beneful commercial brought me to tears last night. Driving to work today, I almost cried when I saw...a Speedway gas station? Needless to say, I'd really like to be a normal human being again, would birth control help any of that?



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    I've been told some type of birth control would help. I'm in my mid 40s and don't use any birth control, and I get PMS so bad I'd like to curl up in a corner in the fetal position and just cry for one day a month. I'm also snippy, paranoid and over reactive.



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    The Pill did help me with that, but I know it doesn't always for everyone! I was worried when I went off it to get an IUD that I'd go back to being insanely emotional, but so far so good, going on 6 months!

    It's definitely worth asking your gyn about, and whether what side-effects may occur are worth the possible benefit.



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    It might - talk to your doctor.

    I opted out of having a period five years ago and haven't looked back.


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    I'm not sure about the emotional part, but about a month ago I switched from the Depo shot to the Mirena IUD...holy mother of god...the most uncomfortable/painful procedure in my entire life. I was cursing while she was doing the insertion and thought I was going to pass out. The extreme cramping lasted from the procedure (3:00 PM) until I woke up the next day. I felt sick to my stomach. BUT...the next day...all was well and has been since!

    I have a high pain tolerance too...
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    @Sucker - OMG, yes! And I had to go through it twice because the first time my cervix Would.Not.Let.It.In. I thought the second time would be less painful because I was prepared, but NO. They almost had to get someone to sit on me because I kept levitating off the table in pain!!!

    But, I haven't had a period in 3 months! So, worth it!



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    Yes. I had my tubes tied when I was younger than 30, and so went off birth control for quite awhile. The last two years, I noticed that instead of being a little crabby right before my period, for the last two weeks of the month I was in full on raging b*tch mode. Like, my patience? Completely gone. Angry angry angry.

    First I tried a tri-phasic, and it helped a little. I mostly tried it because my cramps were so bad that 8 advil wouldn't kill them, and even the heavy prescription drugs, which made me stupid, didn't take the pain away...they just made me stupid.

    Now I'm on a "full" regular pill and OMG the difference. Night and day. Do I still get crabby? Sure, but it's not the same type. I'm way more optimistic, like my old self. Hormones have a serious affect on your mood...I'd give it a shot, were I you.


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    I get that way on my period sometimes. I was on nuvaring for a year and loved that I didn't have to think about it, but due to some side effects I switched back to the pill. I still have some PMS symptoms but it is definitely less than without the pill. Talk to your doctor and she can point you in the right direction.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SuckerForHorses View Post
    I'm not sure about the emotional part, but about a month ago I switched from the Depo shot to the Mirena IUD...holy mother of god...the most uncomfortable/painful procedure in my entire life. I was cursing while she was doing the insertion and thought I was going to pass out. The extreme cramping lasted from the procedure (3:00 PM) until I woke up the next day. I felt sick to my stomach. BUT...the next day...all was well and has been since!

    I have a high pain tolerance too...
    I also have an IUD and did not have this kind of experience. I am a whiny weenie par excellence. I sat up and went "Are you going to put it in now?" and the GYN said "I already did..." and pulled out the speculum. So, your mileage may vary.

    Anywho, I opted for a copper IUD. In my experience, with my normal, perfectly natural cycle, I have one or two days of PMS in which I am extremely anxious, paranoid, and emotional. Again, in my experience, when I am on hormonal birth control methods, instead of feeling great 28/30 days and crummy for 2, I had a low throb of anxiety and paranoia all of the time. This for me was unworkable.
    Disclaimer: My mom told me that people might look at my name and think I had an addiction other than horses. I don't; his name was Bravado.



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    I would get blood work done for them to look at your hormone levels first...
    Next question is- how old are you?
    LOTS of things can factor in...
    Best of luck!
    Proudly living in my "let's save the world bubble"!


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    I would get blood work done for them to look at your hormone levels first...
    Next question is- how old are you?
    LOTS of things can factor in...
    Best of luck!
    Proudly living in my "let's save the world bubble"!



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    I would get blood work done for them to look at your hormone levels first...
    Next question is- how old are you?
    LOTS of things can factor in...
    Best of luck!
    Proudly living in my "let's save the world bubble"!



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    I'm just a month short of 28, cramping has decreased over the years but my crazy emotions have gone through the roof



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    Talk it over with your doctor. In the years I was on birth control I really think that stuff messed with my mood more than anything. I was more "flat" (not really depressed, just sort of emotionless) on it, and several kinds actually made me feel crazy (nuvaring was BAD for me).

    All in all I think mentally I'm much better off OFF the stuff than on, but some are better than others and everyone's experience is different.

    If you do try it, take a very close look at family history for blood clotting issues. I had a PE related to a genetic anomaly + birth control, which if I'd known more about my family history I might have been able to avoid.
    "smile a lot can let us ride happy,it is good thing"

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    hmmm...not much help here.
    I'm a big baby. Just an emotional soul. Though I cry when I'm happy, not when I'm sad.

    I started re reading the article in COTH about Judgement...from 2009. I read a few paragraphs and blew my nose 3 times.

    My favorite person on American Idol sang "I'll Stand By You" last night.
    I was a wreck. lol
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    LOL, yeah sometimes I wonder if maybe I'm just an emotional person. I mean just about any Budweiser Clydesdale commercial ends up with me in a weeping pile of mess. I watched Pitbulls and Parolees yesterday and started bawling when a dog got adopted. Anytime I hear about someone achieving something great I get all weepy. And I'm typically a strong person!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bedazzle View Post
    For example, a Beneful commercial brought me to tears last night. Driving to work today, I almost cried when I saw...a Speedway gas station? Needless to say, I'd really like to be a normal human being again, would birth control help any of that?
    I can imagine the "issue" with a dog food commercial. But can you connect the dots for me with the Speedway gas station?

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    Oh - it hasn't stopped my tears...just the weird tears and the rage. For some reason I cry whenever I see horses + music. It doesn't even have to be good music (although I don't prefer country). A stupid rap song to a showjumping round and my throat chokes up. LOL.

    But yea - speedway?


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    I cried at a tire commercial once. You're not alone.
    "smile a lot can let us ride happy,it is good thing"

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    LOL - Speedway, no idea. That's why I started this thread. I was just driving, glanced at it, looked back at the cars in front of me and then got a lump in my throat. It was all very baffling.


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