Hi Primal! Oh man, I can completely
co-sign on the predictable fight with DH a week before AF. That happened for years until we started seeing a pattern (well, DH caught it before me). Once we recognized what it was we would be on the lookout so less fights. But it got so...much...worse. I think my AF irregularities (dysmennorhea and menorrhagia), PMDD, secondary infertility, and general all around
all stem from hormonal imbalance. I'm certain I'm battling estrogen dominance/low progesterone and I'm sure this has been an issue for years. No one has ever been able to tell me what was wrong! So now it's gotten so bad (hot flashes, breast pain, nausea, a whole slew of other things) that I've been throwing everything at it since my last cycle. Earlier this year a friend of mine was saying to me "Hey, you shouldn't be bleeding that much!" (at the time I was losing 700+mL of fluid each cycle and passing insanely large clots; I don't believe in TMI in the TTC forum
) and that started me on my quest to figure out WTF was wrong with me. I have always had heavy periods and thought that it was some wacky variation of normal for me
. I got the flow to slow waaaaaay down to 185mL this cycle and even though that's still more than double of what I should be bleeding I'm glad to see it's getting better.
I used to get painful knots in my breasts and other places (which I started noticing when BF DS1) but like I said, no one could ever see a problem. The knots they'd come and go. This last year they've been out of control, omg the pain! Last cycle when I started taking Vitex is the first time in a year time I haven't had them (had one come back this cycle) besides when I started taking maca (got pg that cycle then lost the pregnancy same time I lost the first one, around 10.5 weeks). When I was mc'ing the second time in July I had started drinking a lot of RRL tea and holy hell, I've never been in more pain with these knots, breast pain, headaches, etc. and a
I've got bio-identical progesterone coming but can't start taking it for about another three weeks or so 'til I O again
. With the Vitex I take the extract, an alcohol tincture, 30-60 drops (depending on the brand) 3-4x a day. I built up to this dosage as I didn't want to possibly aggravate the anxiety, etc. I've been experiencing. I've been feeling like a deep fog has been lifting and it's been just amazing
. Then this cycle started and I got my arse handed to me by the damn estro dom symptoms. So what I think I think I'm going to do is take my Vitex CD1-O then work my progesterone O 'til BFP or AF time. I feel absolutely AMAZING when I'm pg, like a totally different person, and I'm convinced it's because my progesterone is nice and high. I'm one of those annoying heffas that thoroughly enjoys pregnancy, revels in it (I get The Glow and everything lol). At least I used to be
. I feel that good for at least a year after birth. BBL, gotta get the bath ready for the littles! Hopefully some of that just made sense as I've got so much rambling around in my head...