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Contraception and PMT

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Deadsouls Thu 11-May-17 07:37:50

Hi can anyone help?! I'm really struggling with pmt and have heard that the coil/pill can help. Has anyone got experience of this.
I have really difficult pmt. every month for about 1.5/2 weeks I experience terrible pmt symptoms. I get suicidal ideation, (not actual thoughts of planning, but thoughts), things like, it'd be better off if I wasn't around. Very low mood; almost hopeless, what's the point and so on.
This is confused by the fact that about 2 months ago I came on anti depressants also. However even on anti depressants I had pmt.
I feel like I cannot go through this every month. Also I have general weepiness, anger, everything out of perspective.
I've heard that contraception can help as periods either stop. I even read on here about someone who got prescribed hormones by their gp. I have an appointment with gp next week. Thank you

moaninggiraffe Fri 12-May-17 20:56:09

Hi deadsouls, I've recently been going through the same thing and I'm also on anti depressants. I had the mirena coil put in last year but had to get it taken out last month as my pmt was getting worse month on month. My symptoms were similar to yours with added joint pain, insomnia and generally feeling like crap from the point of ovulation. I honestly felt like I couldn't physically speak to anyone during this time. If I could shut myself away for two weeks each month it would have been fine. At the family planning clinic they referred me to a gynaecologist. My options were 1) reinserting the merina and giving me hormone patches 2) injections to stop my ovaries working basically putting me into a temporary menopause (if I continued with this past 6 months I would need hrt) 3) was the pill taken continuously without a break - options for this were cerelle or yazmin. I choose to try the pill. It's been 2 weeks and so far I'm fine, still got a while to go before I know if it's working. She's also referred me for cbt. Hope this helps.

Badgoushk Fri 12-May-17 21:01:31

I have found that high dose starflower oil has helped me immensely. Also, I avoid sugar and alcohol in the week leading up to my period. And exercise helps me too. There's lots of research to support these ideas - sorry not to post the evidence. Please try at least the sugar!

Badgoushk Fri 12-May-17 21:04:36

Sorry, I saw you were asking about contraception. My understanding is that the copper coil makes no difference. The Mirena can make PMT worse. I'm not totally sure about the pill.

blue2014 Fri 12-May-17 21:13:29

You can take the mini pill which is the same hormone as the coil to "test" how the hormone would suit you. It's what I'm currently doing because I was fine in pregnancy and it's the same hormone.

Only 2 days in but I'll upstate you if anything comes of it

Deadsouls Wed 17-May-17 21:27:36

Hello, sorry for not replying sooner. I have just checked and seen that you pp have taken the time to reply. So I thankfully started my period, and as predicted feel like a different person, much better. Started back on a very low (lower than before dose) of anti depressant to see if my pmt will be more or less intense this month. I can only wait and see!

SlB09 Wed 17-May-17 21:35:29

Same here. Been through the trial and error phase,which I think we all havevto go through to find the best treatment.
For me the pill both combined and progesterone only have made symptoms worse so they are a no no. Given the option of injections to mimic menopause but given warning that most common side effects are depression etc so decided not to try this but for some people it is hugely beneficial.
For me long term fluoxetine 20mg and cbt alleviated many of the symptoms. Monthly suicidal ideation lifted after about 6-9 months and I continue with this now with great benefit. I still do get lows pre menstrually just not as bad. I also found magnesium supplements beneficial long term also.
Its finding something that suits you but a referral to a gyneacologist might be useful for you x

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