“I started using hormonal birth control a few years ago,” he says. indra“I reacted really badly to that, especially mentally.” Indra suffers from depression and mood swings and quickly becomes upset. “I also felt very lonely and didn’t feel like going about my daily activities anymore.”
Indra stopped using the contraceptive, but the symptoms persisted. “I researched for a long time before I came across PMDD.” PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) is a mood disorder associated with the menstrual cycle in which symptoms appear in the week before your period.
I researched for a long time before I came across PMDD.
These symptoms can be both psychological and physical, for example breast cramps or pain. It was my eye-opening.” PMDD has an impact on various aspects of life.” The influence is everywhere, whether at work or in your own relationship. But also in your social life, because if you start canceling things, you’ll see less of your friends.”
Hermann Deber A professor of gynecology at Ghent University Hospital says the condition was known by another name, “premenstrual tension”. “It happens in women who are allergic to progesterone.” Symptoms may vary. “I have patients who say they are very sweet in the first half of their cycle and that it turns completely in the second half. For others, it has to do with feeling agitated or depressed.”
“So if you take the pill, you take that hormone right away.” The pill consists of a combination of estrogen and progestin. “Fortunately, there are now pills that add the second half hormone as a diuretic. This may be a solution.” According to the professor, many women suffer from this condition.
Many women are looking for answers to questions about the menstrual cycle. “It is important that the topic is open for discussion. That is why I wrote a book on menopause,” says the professor. “This way they can figure things out for themselves and form their own ideas.”
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