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    Peri- menopause
    pausing51 posted:
    Hi I am a fifty-one year old woman who recently started treatment for peri menopausal My doctor recommended Lo-lo estrin . I had relief from night sweats, flashes, mood swings in the first month. Now I'm entering my fourth month and have found I have an increased appetite, weight gain, and mood swings along with crying jags.

    I had similar symptoms in my twenties when I took birth control pills, but have been told the doses were so much higher then they are today. I also had two healthy pregnancies and easy deliveries. Both times experienced mood swings , and some post partum depression. I went on vacation and continued my BC in order to avoid my period by skipping the placebo pills.

    Needless to say I was a roller coaster of moods on this trip. My husband was surprised, and I feel badly . I'm wondering if It's the same old story, that I'm am hormonaly wired and after there months of the pills in my system I'm having the same symptoms as years passed or if not taking a break in my cycle made me phsyco?

    Has anyone else a similar experience or is this just normal menapausel symptoms ? My doctor also has put me on Wellbutrin back in October 2013, at first sleep was difficult and dreams were very vivid , that has all subsided she chose Wellbutrin to avoid weight gain and I did try other ssri 's years ago did not like to side affects. I felt great on the Wellbutrin , but now my confusion is to what is making me feel this way? These are the only medications that I take.
    Anon_6061 responded:
    Loestrin is a low estrogen BC pill. Maybe it isn't enough estrogen for the progestin. Progestins can cause low mood in some women and estrogen typically improves mood. If the symptoms continue, you could try switching to a higher estrogen BC pill. Hope you feel better soon!
    pausing51 replied to Anon_6061's response:
    Thank you for the info, I will talk to my doctor soon concerning her choice of treatment. This whole peri-menopausal thing is quite the experience !

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