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    Depression and Menstrual Cycles

    Does any of you lady's notice a difference with the severity of your depression during your monthly cycle/periods.

    I find it makes me feel worse. I am going to ask my GYN about burning the lining of my uterus. He offered that to me last year when my cycles were not on a regular schedule but only lasted a few months. I said no because that would mean my chance of having a child would be gone but I realize I can't have children if I am on a lot of medication.

    I started having problem with periods as a teenager I get bad headaches and some cramps but the fatigue is bad also. I could sleep 13 hours straight no problem. That is usually the first few days. So for about 2 or 3 days a month I am useless.

    So realizing my depression is not getting better but worse again I feel that this would be a good option. MY psychoanalyst agrees with me 100%.

    I have to go see my GYN next month for my 6 months checkup for another colposcopy and pap test. I will ask him to schedule me for it. If he asks me why I will tell him I have enough problems I don't need more problems by having periods were a few days it wreak havoc with my body and mind.

    So anybody else find that their periods makes their depression worse?

    Sue

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    re: Depression and Menstrual Cycles

    So anybody else find that their periods makes their depression worse?
    I was always very lucky with having perfect periods if there is such a thing. Around age 45 I did have some minor problems and the gynecologist recommended treatment but I refused. The gynecologist was concerned that my problems would worsen without treatment but it was my choice. Almost fifteen years later and the minor problems are still minor. I hope it stays that way. Whatever choice you make I hope your mind and body will feel better. Mari

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    re: Depression and Menstrual Cycles

    I am with you on this one Sue. All I can say is thank goodness for the medication I started a this summer. Its like night and day. The past cycle was a bit hard but nothing like it has been.

    I had lived this way for years. The first anti-depressant I was on didn't even touch it. I am thankful that I hung on and tried something else.

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    re: Depression and Menstrual Cycles

    I come from a different school of thought

    I have bad case of endometriosis and have suffered from serious cramps since I was a teenager. Sometimes, it would get so bad that I'd pass out. In addition, my emotional state would always change with each cycle. I can always tell when my period is coming simply by my thinking patterns.

    I have been on birth control all my younger years and had to stop them when I hit 35. I tried having children but that didn't work. I tried injections, but had intolerance to them (and non-stop spotting). I thought that having children wasn't going to be an issue -- I was wrong. I'd tolerate anything to have a child now. But...that may not come to pass....and it breaks my heart. I still get severe depression and severe cramps also.

    So, while you may think that you don't want children in the future, I beg you to consider another option that does not damage that ability. There are treatments available that can ease your discomfort and help with depression. Speak to your doctor about anti-depressants that you take and maybe you can take a higher doze during difficult times and see how that goes.

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    re: Depression and Menstrual Cycles

    Hi Lana I am 45 years old and I have no boyfriend and my house is a disaster zone. With all the meds I am on now no way I could get off them for 9 months. I always thought of adoption of a C.A.S child. If I was 35 that would be another story and this month my periods really did a number on me.

    I have enough of a hard time with getting up in the morning that I don't need this bothering me every month. I want to be able to wake up and say I am glad I am alive and I can't say that right now. So I got to concentrate on trying to find a reason to live. To me that is more important then kids right now.

    Ladylore. I always had PMS for 1 week before my periods. But since I got on the dose of ADHD medication I am on now I might get 1 day of PMS the day I start. So for about almost 2 years my PMS had gotten better but not the first few days of my periods I could sleep so much and it ruins my life.

    Thanks everyone for your advice and opinion.

    Sue

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    Oh my goodness-yes! I was so moody during that time of the month that my mama had to sneak off to the other side of the house and tippy-toe around me until the dreadful period finnally ended.Plus, with the bipolar I was high and then weepy sad.I called my psychiatrist and he told me that no you don't need your lithium increased, but this is common for a lot of women!

    You may also have premenstrual dysmorphic disorder which I do and I am taking the pill(I am 36).I live like a nun, but the pill really does help with cramps and menstrual flow! Also, I had a manager that had endomotriosis and went on the pill, but she was able after she married to have children!

    I am a woman-hear my roar!(tippy-toe, tippy-toe)

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    re: Depression and Menstrual Cycles

    I have also been diagnosed with PMDD. Intrestingly, literature on the condition said that prolonged use of the birth control pill can actually contribute to PMDD. Recommended treatment is SSRI to be taken few days before onset of period, or throught the cycle.

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    re: Depression and Menstrual Cycles

    Prayerbear that is funny. I realize now I am not alone. But if I didn't have the depression right now it probably wouldn't bother me so much. I know my periods are not as bad as some people but with the combination of severe depression and other health issues on top of that it's more then I want right now. At work I am tired by the middle of the afternoon if not sooner because of of other health issues. I have a hard time to do an 8 hour shift but I do it but come home burnt. I run out of steam..

    I was on SSRI's in the past and that didn't help me at all. I was taking them for anxiety.

    Sue

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    Sorry, I do understand depression..I am bipolar. I take myself too seriously sometimes and make self-depreciating comments to lighten the mood.No offense by it-sorry!

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    re: Depression and Menstrual Cycles

    I was not offended prayerbear. You were trying to lighten up the mood and it did cheer me up. I think the first laugh I had that day

    Please there is nothing to be sorry about anything. I need to laugh more often.
    I find we have to find things to lighten up the mood especially when were depress.

    Was not offended what so ever.

    Take Care

    Sue

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