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Female Troubles

I WAS going to put this behind an LJ cut, but the links do not appear to be working.

Being female is sheer torture… never mind the fact that we bleed once a month or get constant cramps, it all has to be coupled with the most dangerous mood swings ever. It’s that time of the month where I feel the most low about myself, where I’m constantly depressed, where I’m entirely convinced I have no friends in the world and that I’m going to be alone forever. It’s bad enough I feel the latter without having to go through it during severe mood swings once a month. My sleeping and eating habits do nothing to help this either.

I just want one entire month (well all months really), where I feel completely normal and where I’m not feeling completely and wholly insecure about myself. This feeling, quite frankly, sucks. Whatever force in this world who invented the woman as they did needs to be placed in front of a firing squad and shot, either that or made to fully experience what it is we must go through each month. /Fully/ experience.

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rathess
Aug. 21st, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
Hey Nyn, sorry to hear you are having a rough time. I cannot advise on the female aspects of the above, but the monthy moodswings and such are something I deal with also. I get though it by turning to friends and loved ones so you have done the right fist step by posting here - as this allows us (your friends) to comment and provide (hopefully) supportive feedback.
adamdray
Aug. 21st, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
If you seriously want a month or two without the annoyances, just keep taking birth control pills without the week of placebo or whatever their 'week off' pills are. Just move to the next pack after three weeks. You can skip a period or two safely -- some say more.

Nonetheless, your friends adore you. *hug*
nynrose
Aug. 21st, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
Er. This would be great advice if I have ever, in my life, ever been on birth control. I've never taken it. :)
bluekitsune
Aug. 21st, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
One reason people take OCPs is because they want to avoid the nasty side effects of PMS. If it is really bothersome, they're definitely an option!
usurpingivylj
Aug. 21st, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
If it makes you feel better, sweetie, birth control doesn't seem to help my massive mood swings, cramps, or other nasty side-effects of being a woman. If anything, it just makes them more predictable.

But I'm with everyone else on this one - we -do- love you! If we didn't, well, we probably wouldn't like..tease you about junk :P Silly girl. *HUGS* Call me if you want a bitch buddy, okay? You have my cell number.
godessdiana
Aug. 21st, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
Ha ha. I so hear you. But I have been having worse mood swings this month because for the last four I was on a birth control that decided it wouldn't let me have my period. So my hormones were put out of week when I switched back to my normal stuff and this week has been like sheer torture. I don't think I have been so moody since I was like 14 years old. I am hoping that my body has settled into the hormones by the next time because I can't handle that again. :P

I also have PMDD, Pre-Menstrual Depression Disorder, which is when, because of hormones, usually the week before I get my period, I get really depressed. While some people put themselves on anti-depressants just for this reason, I've learned to identify that it is just a week out of the month and I am only depressed because of PMDD/hormones and I find ways to handle it that don't involve me stewing in my own self-hate for seven days.

In either case, I hope you find this person who invented the woman because I sure could kick them in the nutz(tm) after this week. It was just brutal.
godessdiana
Aug. 21st, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
out of wack* Apparently I can't spell either.
bludiscus
Aug. 21st, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
I can sympathize. It sucks.

I have read that getting the right amount of calcium can really help reduce pre-menstrual symptoms. Now, I'm not sure if this is just crampiness or the mood symptoms as well.

Oral contraceptives can also help. They help some women, but not all. It is also a very viable option to take them continuously without the placebo week (as someone else suggested). There's actually a new form of birth control (which is really just the pill taken continuously) called Seasonale -- you only have four periods a year because you just take the "active pills" continuously the rest of the year. I can, however, understand not wanting to put hormones into your body. It's an ongoing struggle for me (the latest part of which is hormonal IUD = weight gain for me -- GAH).

Another thing that can be helpful are exercise during that time of the month (though, that's about the last thing I want to do when I'm feeling pissy and crampy). Finally, something else I've personally found to help my mood in general (besides the antidepressants ;) is fish oil. Omega 3 oils can help improve mood a lot!

You know, I've always thought kick-boxing would be fun... :-D
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