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- Sun Jun 20, 2010 6:12 pm
I am 19, I went on birth control (yaz) a year ago to treat acne, however I experienced many side effects and felt as if I was going crazy, so I went off it after about 3 months. It has been a year but I still do not feel like myself, I've been researching trying to figure out what's wrong with me and found that I match many symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women (depression, anxiety, weight gain, memory loss, mental fog, fatigue, irritability, sluggishness, pms I never had before, etc).
My periods are not completely irregular as they happen each month but vary a couple weeks, and are heavy lasting only a couple days, as opposed to before birth control they lasted about 5 days and were lighter.
Does this sound like hormonal imbalance (estrogen dominance) or something else? Will my body over time adjust or do I need to seek medical treatment?
| Debbie Miller, RN
- Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:03 pm
This could be related to hormones as our entire bodies operate through the release of various hormones. They are not all from the sex organs but thyroid and pituitary also affect your well-being and bodily functions. A general physical exam might be in order to check these functions. Hypothyroid is a very common endocrine disorder.
The change in period is to be expected after stopping oral contraceptives. Whether or not you have endocrine dominance is hard to say. Some feel that we all have this to one degree or another since there is so much estrogen in the environment. Your doctor can determine if you do not have enough progesterone to balance the estrogen. I would not expect this to be likely in someone your age, however. Most often we see this associated with women closer to the age of menopause.
You might enjoy reading When Your Body Gets the Blues by Marie-Annette Brown and Jo Robinson. Some of your symptoms are addressed in this book that uses a more natural approach to hormone function and problems.