I have heavy bleeding, cramps, mood swings, depression, and anger spells, and I'm pretty sure PMDD. I was taking Generess Fe for 3 months and it increased my depression (not just around the time of my period), and made my periods shorter but they're still heavy and I have all of my symptoms. My doctor said if after 2 months my depression and moods etc. don't improve then she will also prescribe me an anti-depressant. I've been reading side affects about this pill and I'm a little scared. But I know I'm young and it's different for everyone. I'm not concerned about weight gain because I exercise heavily and I can mentally control my appitite. So is this pill okay for someone like me?
Hi, treetree! I'm not sure; I think you're asking if antidepressants are okay for you. All medications have potential side effects, but this doesn't necessarily mean that you will have them. If it helps you feel better (and I had the same problem when I was your age so I have an idea what you're going through) then the benefit may certainly outweigh the risks. Talk to your doctor and ask what medication she would prescribe and find out all you can about it. Then have a heart-to-heart and you both can make an informed decision.
BTW, I admire you for being pro-active and seeking help and advice. The folks here are very helpful and will be happy to try and answer any questions you might have. Best wishes, WC
The birth control pills all have pretty much the same side effects. Seasonique has a different medication in it then generess so it might not effect you in the same way that seasonique will, but the side effects don't change much. If you did ok on one you should be ok on another. It does sound like you have some underlying depression going on.
I know it is used to treat dysmenorrhea. (Bad cramping and the rest.) Give it a try. After a few months if no change for you go back to the doc. There are many choices and sometimes it takes time to get the one for your body. Cramps don't go away, only lessen. But i suffered for years, any help is good. Be sure to take ibuprofen for cramps. It was designed for this. Start it right away and keep taking it around the clock. It helps a lot. Stay as active as you can. Get lots of rest and lots of laughs.
Some say their cramps disappear after having a baby. Not true for many. My daughter went on this too. By the way, bad cramps run in the family. Be well. The up side is you become a tough woman and while others whine, you stay strong. It does pay off in life. Hang in there. Karen
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