by Eli R
I'm 48 years old. I know today that I always had PMMD. It got definitely worse when I started Peri-Menopause around age 42. I'm currently on 40-60mg Prozac, Vitamin D 10,000 once a week and in therapy. After I ended up in the ER/Psychiatric Hospital August 19 until August 22 I did a lot of research about PMDD. That's when I found out about NATPRO. I liked what I read and ordered 3 tubes. I did not start with it because I wanted to wait until my PCP/s appointment on October 20 - same with Chasteberry Plus. Here's what my PCP emailed me regarding Chasteberry Plus:
"I looked up chasteberry in our medical journal. While "possibly effective", when in a study with fluoxetine (prozac) for PMDD--prozac patients did better from the PMDD symptoms you have (mood with depression, irritability, insomnia, anxiety). Also chasteberry can cause insomnia and irregular bleeding in addition to upset stomach and weight gain. Therefore I would NOT start the chasteberry and let's see how the prozac is working over these next few cycles.
So, I'm not taking it, because I don't want to have maybe even more insomnia, irregular bleeding, upset stomach and weight gain. I ALREADY have those! Prozac and therapy helps a lot, but mainly with my mental state. I need something additional for my other symptoms: Anxiety Disorder/Panic attack, Endometriosis, Arthritis in my lower back,Complex Migraine, I'm not diagnosed with Hashimoto's but I have all the symptoms and sometimes my Thyroidlevels are elevated (around 5), a lot of food intolerances, I get a lot of infections and after I take antibiotics I must increase my Prozac and even than my PMMd is way worse - it takes a long time before I am back to my "normal self", Fluid retention, easily bruising, etc.
I'm on a few support groups on FB for PMDD. Well, whenever someone is asking for natural or alternatives I suggest NATPRO and Chasteberry Plus. BUT, that doesn't go down well with some people! I'm so frustrated - can you please write something easy to understand why NATPRO might help with PMDD, I'd like to post your reply - I don't want to sell something - I want help for myself with PMDD!!! I've had it with those stupid comments regarding the organic progesterone cream. And I'd like you to write something for my PCP. Not too long ;-) She's terrific, but I can't explain to her with my words, why I think it really would benefit me....
I hope my long rant makes some sense to you. I read all your emails in my Inbox - they are so well written and easy for me to understand. That's what I need for FB and for my PCP.
Thank you so much,
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