@Pearlygirl why would i be experiencing classic ovulation symptoms 2 weeks before my withdrawal bleed if my progesterone is high for the remaining 3 weeks of my cycle?
I'm not sure what you mean when you say classic ovulation symptoms - eg sore boobs are usually related to progesterone and can come and go throughout your cycle. The only symptom I ever got of ovulation were changes in CM, generally on the pill though CM doesn't really change throughout the cycle (in my experience anyway and is part of the contraceptive effect of the pill - making CM unfavourable to sperm). Also, hormones and the effects of changing them are also really complicated, so even if you are not ovulating, other factors can come into play to give you PMS symptoms.
Hmm I am certainly no expert in this and no doctor, I just know the hormone side of things and can give you a rundown of how it is meant to happen. If you do suspect you are ovulating though, definitely time for a trip to the GP to get it sorted, especially if you are relying on it for contraception (and maybe use something else in the mean time just in case).
Sorry for all the edits!
PS I did find this from this website: http://www.patient.co.uk/health/premenstrual-syndrome
The combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP)
In theory, preventing ovulation should help PMS. This is because ovulation, and the release of progesterone into the blood****** after ovulation, seems to trigger symptoms of PMS. The COCP (known as 'the pill') works as a contraceptive by preventing ovulation.
However, most pills do not help with PMS, as they contain progestogen hormones (with a similar action to progesterone). A newer type of pill called Yasmin® contains a progestogen called drospirenone which does not seem to have the downside of other progestogens. If you have PMS and require contraception, then this pill may be a possible option to use for both effects. If you take this, your doctor may advise you to reduce the pill-free week to only four days, or to run three packets together without having a break.
Last edited by Pearlygirl; 04-05-2014 at 20:50.
No worries, I hope that helped a little bit.
It definitely did - thank you!
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