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So I had my daughter two years ago and am still nursing her. A lot. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Honestly, partly because my milk supply is still so huge, she nurses at least as much as many newborns. We're also going to be getting her evaluated or a potential SPD and nursing seems to be a large soother for her sensory issues. I'd like to keep nursing her, but wouldn't mind a decrease in frequency.<br><br>
I'm single but am a lesbian, so birth control really isn't an issue for me. However, for the last several months, I've been experiencing PMS that's gotten progressively worse. Last night I had a panic attack and unfortunately ended up taking Valium. My periods are extremely heavy and for three days, I actually use prefolds instead of pads because it's that bad.<br><br>
I'm considering taking hormonal birth control pills just to see if that resolves the problem. My diet is pretty clean and I get adequate amounts of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. I exercise regularly and lead a healthy lifestyle, so I'm not quite sure what is going on here.<br><br>
Anyone have any thoughts on BCP? I really am uneducated about the potential risks or benefits beyond regulation of periods and possibly less PMS. I realize that it might lower my breastmilk supply, but will it dry me up? While I'd appreciate a lower supply and hopefully the less frequent nursing that would accompany that, I don't want to stop nursing completely.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> about the panic attack. I had one for the first time a few months ago and it was not pleasant.<br><br>
I have never nursed so can't help you with that question but I was on the pill for a couple years and then went off it never to return. My primary reasons were:<br><br>
-the hormones gave me chronic yeast infections<br>
-and I was chronically anxious. The anxiety went away as soon as I stopped taking the pills. I now think that had to do with a B vitamin deficiency (the pill can cause greater losses of water soluble vitamins) combined with the hormones, which I now know (from being pregnant) make me jittery.<br><br>
So I don't really have anything good to say about them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> They did make my period regular and cramp-less, but after I went off them it took almost a year to get back to semi-regular cycles. I personally see them as a (potentially harmful) band-aid, not an actual help, and wouldn't take them again. If I started having crazy PMS and heavy periods, I would probably seek out a good TCM practitioner (not just an acupuncturist) and try that first.<br><br>
Maybe someone else will have had better experiences though. I seem to remember reading someone's story somewhere whose periods had become normal only after going on and off the pill <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
Also, the mini-pill can have less side effects than the combo pill.
 

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I take Orthotricyclen low dose, and love it. It makes my periods lighter, made me lose a few lbs, and I notice my PMs symptoms, while generally mild, became more mild <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Not everyone reacts to the pill in the same manner, but for me it has been positive.<br><br>
For your situation, I would seek counsel at a Planned Parenthood-type clinic. These are dedicated, feminist, enlightened practitioners who do nothing but woman-care. They spend a lot of time with you and have good, accurate, up to date information.<br>
For myself as a mother of 3, I would not nurse while taking the pill. I know the med advice is different; conventional medicine says it is ok if the baby is at least 6 months old and well-established on solid food, i.e. nursing much less and not dependent upon it as main food supply.. However you describe yourself as nursing verrrrry often.<br>
Again, an experienced women's health practitioner will have good advice for you, and perhaps unexplored solutions to alleviate your symptoms that do not involve taking hormones. ? Good luck to you
 

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Before I was more natural, after I had DD1, I went back on the pill at my 6-week postpartum visit. It didn't do anything to my milk supply. But now, I don't know that I would want extra hormones possibly going into my child if it could be avoided.<br><br>
Could Magnesium help with the anxiety?<br><br>
Have you been checked to make sure the heavy periods are nothing more than that?<br><br>
And I know that you said that the baby has sensory issues and nurses a lot, just wondering if you'd thought of food intolerances? My kids (non sensory issues) nursed a lot whenever they were reacting to a food, as a form of soothing.
 

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My boys and I have major food allergies. Through this journey towards health I have begun to see our symptoms and bodies' reactions as clues to how to help us heal. So for me a rash, an anxiety attack, high need for nursing, pooping infrequently, sensory issues, poor breathing (all of our past issues plus many more) were all signs about our health.<br><br>
I was able to take that info and try to figure out what went "wrong".<br><br>
I believe that there were many causes for these health issues, including my mother's health when she was pregnant with me, and heavy metal toxicity. But more relevant to this topic. I was on birth control pills for 10. A perceived latex allergy made it hard for me to find any other option. I strongly believe that those pill days was a major contributor to what we are dealing with. Maybe they in themselves are not bad (not saying good or bad), but what they did do was deplete my zinc and B vitamins, and possibly other things. I got pregnant with my first baby, which I lost, a month after going off the pill. Even if any of my doctors knew enough to tell me of this depletion, I didn't have enough time to recover. I am still very angry that know one told me. Maybe all I needed to do was take the time and money to use high quality b vitamins and zinc while taking the pill. I didn't know. Or maybe there are other inherently wrong things about the pill (which I suspect). I currently have the merena, which I am about to take out. It has been awesome as a period remover, but I'm not comfortable with the level of hormones being put into my body.<br><br>
All of our issues can partially be pointed to nutrient depletion. Although not all of the blame can be put on the pill.<br><br>
It is possible to analysis your monthly cycle and discomfort and figure out why this is happening. not enough of a certain nutrient? hormonal imbalance? I haven't done it yet.<br><br>
good luck to you
 

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I didn't realize it when I used HBC, but the depletion of zinc and one (or more?) B vitamins is common knowledge (among researchers, not among users), there are plenty of studies on it. Like the PP, our health issues have been nutrient-related, not just not consuming enough, but things that have been building up for decades. I wish I had looked at my own health, and then my daughter's health, with that perspective, as clues to things that my body needs (that may be different than someone else) earlier on. I don't think HBC was a big factor in my overall health, but it sure didn't help. If you do decide to try it, consider a hefty zinc and B complex supp (with real folate, not just folic acid, Thorne makes several).
 
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