First off, I just wanted to mention that this website has helped me through some tough times these past couple of months. When I do not feel right, I cannot help but google all of my symptoms! I feel as if I am getting somewhere with this but I still feel as if I have a few questions that I am not sure about.
Here's my story:
I have been on birth control since I can remember (probably around 15, 16?) I am now 26. In January, I decided to come off due to personal reasons. My boyfriend of a few years, whom is a littler older than me, has already had a vasectomy. I honestly thought to myself "why should I still be putting this pill into my body? This cannot be healthy". Anyways, at my regular checkup appointment at the gyno in January the doctor did a breast exam and found fibrocystic breasts. She said it was nothing to worry about. We went over little things like pros and cons of coming off the pill and I decided to just take myself off. My last pill of my pack happened to be the Saturday night before I saw her. This worked out perfectly. I received my regular period from the end of the pack that week. I did not receive another period until April 16th, and then a following period June 1st. Two days before this second period, I was experiencing insomnia and terrible anxiety. The two were a vicious cycle. The whole time I thought I was having an anxiety disorder or better yet, sleep anxiety! I felt like there was no way out. My body would not relax. I went to my PCP twice and the second time he prescribed me with Zoloft and Ambien. My mom and boyfriend both said do not take the zoloft, maybe you just need some sleep. I never took it. The sleep of course helped, because who wants to worry about whether or not they will fall asleep at night every night? But, it did not help the weird symptoms. At this point my breathing was terrible, my body was not calm and I was uninterested in anything because I was constantly nervous and worried about what was wrong with me. I am normally such a happy and energetic person. I cannot say I am "very" energetic because ever since being on birth control all I've ever done is NAP and complain every morning how tired I am even when I sleep! My body was so used to going to bed by 10pm I was always ready for bed and tired no matter what. What I would give to go back to that period of time though. I finally figured out the connection to birth control and immediately went back on it (not knowing anything about anything at this time). Anyways, a few weeks passed and I was so bad to the point where I went back to the doctors and they prescribed me Effexor and Trazodone. I was terrified but I needed something. Even though this helped a LITTLE (not much), I still knew something was wrong. It was also messing with my eye sight which was not fun. I eventually weaned myself off of this after about 6 or 7 weeks because I knew it was not for me. This is now the middle of August and I still have little progress. I figured maybe my birth control isn't enough? I was on Lo Estrin FE 1/20 so I got back on Yasmin which is what I was on for years and I figured that could be what I need again. On top of adding birth control back into my equation, I have been drinking soy milk for years and have also eaten many other foods containing estrogen mimics.
Every doctor I have went to is sure that I have an anxiety disorder. I think the stress and anxiety I have added on top of this doesn't help, but I feel that it is for sure a hormone imbalance. Even the gyno's will not admit it! They say they do not know much about it! That is crazy to me. After much research, I feel as if I may be estrogen dominant. Still to this day I experience insomnia, difficulty breathing (which does not help when trying to work out I just can't work out anymore), cold hands and feet, irritability every day, agitation, brain fog & memory loss (which is terrible) fatigue (no energy at all) and depression/anxiety. I feel like I am going crazy and I know this is not me. I have decided to go see a Naturopathic doctor next week so that she can guide me in the right direction without drugs that will just mask my real problems.
My questions are- I am still on birth control and I am planning on stopping it after this pack which is this Sunday. Is that a good idea since I have only been back on it for 4 months?
I bought progesterone cream, but should I wait to use it until next week since I could have a bad "estrogen wake up" for still being on the pill?
How much is recommend to take (I've read 100-200mg) and at what times (twice a day?)/for how long (until symptoms disappear?) I'm just unsure how to know if you're taking enough and when to stop.
How long will estrogen wake up typically last and can I use more cream to help that?
I guess the Naturopathic doctor could help with some of these questions but I am just hopeless right now and I've wanted answers ASAP! I'm finding out on my own doctors just want to push meds. I am just in a rut and don't know what to do.
Side note: I have been taking a d vitamin, super b complex and omega 3,6,9 fish oil every day as well. Other than that, the birth control is the only medication I am on.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!