Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I Hate Hormones

Posted by Mandy at 1:01 PM
I try to steer clear of talking about too many women's issues to keep my guy readers from gagging, but this one I must speak of. My new found, ultimate hate of hormones. Not all hormones - just mine.

I've had my share of run-ins with the dreaded estrogen demon that lurks unnoticed in many women. She came in the form of PCOS which, strangely, made the even more horrible female hormone testosterone kick in high gear. Women with too much estrogen AND testosterone are not happy campers.

Nothing short of God's grace seemingly took PCOS from me, at least for the time being, since having Samuel. The very thing that nearly kept me from ever having another child, seemed to be almost cured by my pregnancy. Knowing that pregnancy only makes PCOS worse, leads me to know that God simply put his hand on me and blessed me physically. Well, until this week that is.

Can someone please explain to me why I continuously feel as though I have raging PMS. Once the hag leaves, you should have a feeling of euphoric health... better than ever.. refreshed and ready to tackle the world again. I have the total opposite feeling. If I didn't just have my old friend I would even swear I was the dreaded PG word. That is almost impossible, so I must look into other options.

After days and days of having all kinds of PMS'y symptoms, (cramping, sore bbs, moody, echaustion,etc),I finally called my friend to see if she had any words of wisdom. We both decided that we had no idea what it was but stress could be a possibility. Another possibility could be that my hormones are just out of wack b/c my little man hasn't nursed in about a month. Would the effects of him weaning be this delayed? I don't recall going through any physical symptoms after Carter weaned, and his weaning was much more abrupt than Samuel's very gradual weaning. I do remember having emotional side effects, similar to Baby Blue's, but nothing physical.

So, calling all moms. What is this? Has anyone else experienced this? Any ideas or input is appreciated.

I have my oh so fun yearly exam next month and if I'm still feeling wacky I'll speak to my doctor about it. If I feel worse in a few days/weeks I suppose I'll rule out pg with a test, but as of now I'm fairly certain that is not the culprit.

Give me your best educated guess... or first hand experiences.


Anonymous said...

It's been scientifically proven that being a Mac user and having an iPhone can prevent hormonal swings by more than 80%....

Mandy on Tuesday, 12 August, 2008 said...

Spoken like a true man, Jeff, to assume ANYTING can prevent hormonal swings. ;)

Annie on Monday, 18 August, 2008 said...

This has been an issue lately at my house. Summer allergies and the medications that go with it make PMS and cramps horrible. Dr. says it's not possible, he's an idiot. If I don't take allergy meds I'm fine, except for the dieing from allergy part. The cure for me has been flax seed pills. Cuts down on mood swings and makes the fatiguey achiness go away too. Fish oil is supposed to work, but too fishy for me. I'm guessing it's just one of the benefits of getting older. sigh

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