Life with PCOD & PMDD


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I am Harshala, a 20 something woman with PCOD and recently diagnosed with PMDD. I have had PCOD my entire life. I had it all under control for a few years with help of homeopathy but since past 2 years things have not been good.

My personal life has been a mess and that started reflecting on my health. I have been in and out of therapy for a few years now. But one thing that has always been connected is my reproductive health and my mental health. While the reason is simple, most lifestyle diseases like PCOD happen due to hormonal changes and yes imbalance of hormones does cause mental illness.

For, the ones who don’t know what PCOD & PMDD is?

PCOD – Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease is a hormonal disorder causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges.

PMDD – Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a severe form of PMS that includes physical and behavioural symptoms that usually resolve with the onset of menstruation. PMDD causes extreme mood shifts that can disrupt work and damage relationships. Symptoms include extreme sadness, hopelessness, irritability or anger, insomnia, plus common PMS symptoms such as breast tenderness and bloating etc

What has been my cycle like?

Last year I had a surgery for uterine polyps which made me bleed for 50 days every 3 months causing my heamoglobin to drop tremendously and leaving me on bed rest for a good 18 months.

Post the surgery I had normal menstrual periods of 5 months and then Corona hit us all. I got my last periods on 10th of March and then directly on 4th of August only to not stop again. This time I decided to take help of my gynaecologist and started a cycle of medicines 3 pills per day for 4 days to stop the bleeding because it was 16th day of my periods and I was still bleeding heavily and post the 4 day period I had to start another tablet to normalise my hormones so that I have a normal period cycle.

The medicine to stop the bleeding is the ok one but the hormones therapy was so bad that I quit mid way. For the first 7 days I was hungry like I haven’t eaten in months and even after eating all that food and 3-4 litres of ORS I was dehydrated and had a low Blood Pressure. Once those symptom went away I was in a state where I had such a mental fog that I was beyond frustrated, the anxiety attacks and insomnia is a story for another year.

On my 15th day of the course, I quit. I stopped taking the pills two days ago and I am already having the early signs of my periods. I am sure they will arrive in the next 48 hours. The only hope I have is that they will come like they should and return back on time.

Right now I have no idea how long things are going to be this way because everything happens 20X in 2020 and what I am feeling right now might only be something you have just read on the internet, but if you are someone like me going through these symptoms then kindly drop in your valuable comments below to help me out.

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