Hi I hope you don't mind if I join you? I haven't been diagnosed with PMDD but I can pretty much tick off all the 'symptoms'. We are TTC (12months here we come) and I have had a few months which are just terrible. I was taking general 'PMS relief' herbs but it doesn't really touch the sides. It is at the point where I have been considering going back on contraception, even my anti-depressants too after last month. Some months are better than others. I have had PND/depression/anxiety in the past and have been drug free for about 9 or more months. Half the month I am fine, the other half just don't even talk to me. We are going to try the anti-d's two weeks on and off. I need to start exercising and meditating too.
I am pleased that I am not alone.
I take the pill and only do tge sugar pills once every 3 months so i can plan a very low stress time with minimal social engagements etc during pmt time. Also warn family that its coming and use all my down time type bsckups like dvds for the kids, pre frozen casseroles, getting more sunshine, and espescially eating more raw and whole foods. Sugary foods and chocolate make it worse. I am on lovan 20mg. It helps. Good luck.
made 2 b a mummy - glad the pill works for you. I have considered going back on a contraceptive but we are TTC.
ck2b - if you want a different kind of contraceptive I have heard they sometimes use the copper coil - no hormones. I think mainly if you aren't planning on having more kids because it can cause problems. Worth thinking about though. I found that when I was taking magnesium for another reason I was better too. Do you just take the calcium and magnesium or do you take other stuff? I understand with the hormones, we are TTC (12months) so have all the emotions associated with that then add is hormones that are out of whack.
I have started my cipramil (what i used to take) but it is a half dose. Not sure if I will be able to do the 2 on 2 off due to side effects coming on (sleeplessness at night and nausea/dizziness during the day). I might drop to 5mg and see if that goes ok. Once I have had a few 'good' months under my belt I may try with calcium and magnesium but I need a break from the insanity. I hope this delivers. I do feel a lot 'calmer' already - CD 18 of a 31 day cycle. I really felt like I didn't completely 'recover' from last month. I have started 'mood gym' (an online DIY CBT), and trying to meditate and exercise. Something has to work!
Does anyone know what happens with pmdd after childbirth? I first got it when DS1 was about 2 and then as soon as I conceived DS2, it stopped. It's actually how I first suspected I was pregnant. DS2 is 3 months old now and I'm wondering when the pmdd will come back. I've been feeling lousy the last couple of weeks for no good reason at all and AF hasn't come back yet so not sure what's going on. The way I've been feeling reminds me so much of how I felt before I fell pregnant with DS2.
unfortunately, it will return. Its different for every woman. If you arent havibg a period, then you arent ovulating yet, which is what triggers pmdd. So it makes sense that it hasnt returned yet. It likely will w your first or second period. Even more unfortunate is that pmdd usually worsens w every pregnancy. So if it seems even worse this time, know that is "normal" for those of us w pmdd. Best wishes and congrats on the new addition!
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Ok then, well AF didn't return after DS1 until he was 8 months old so I have a few more months before the pmdd returns.
Koshakee - I also felt heaps better emotionally when Iwas pregnant. I didn't have the PMDD then I don't think but I certainly felt much more stable during pregnancy and everyone was a bit concerned as to how bad I would be during pregnancy!
I am using the magnesium still and I find tha tis really helping. I suspected it was and then I didn't take it for about a week ( I ran out) and I really noticed I was more moody and not sleepign as well. I buy the powder which costs a heap but it is much better absorbed and has the right type of magnesium in the correct dose. There are all different sort of magnesium apparently.
If I get through this month ok then it will be my third straight month without any major dramas and then I will see about the 2w on 2w off dose. The medication I am on , Citalopram - apparently doesn't have the same kind of side effects as the others so that is why it is an ok one to stop and start. I am on a tiny dose anyway. I am not seeing the psycologist anymore but the help she gave me was invaluable and has helped me deal with this just as much as any meds or vitamins would. If you are diagnosd with PMDD you can get your GP to do a mental health care plan which gives you medicare rebatable visits to a mental health professional. You need to pay the difference but that depends on where you go.
Hi all, refreshing this old thread with more questions...I have just found out I'm pregnant. Totally an unexpected shock after contraception failure. Anyway, have decided to keep it after making arrangements for a termination and realising I just can't go through with it. So....anyone gone into pregnancy who has pmdd? What happened? What happened after the baby came? Am seeing Dr to work out meds but would like to know other's experiences. Thanks in advance.
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