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Period Challenges

Period Challenges

Does anyone else get crippling depression and anxiety during their period and the week before. Is this a side secondary issue with having PCOS?

posted July 2, 2021
A myPCOSteam Member

Most of us do have this issue... It is primarily due to our progesterone being to low.
If your progesterone is dipping to much before and during your cycle it will cause these symptoms. Have you talked to your doctor about it? It is common with PCOS, progesterone is the happy hormone and PCOS sufferers are already usually running low in the hormone. But when your natural cycle drops your progesterone the results are too dramatic (kinda how it feels) most doctors will give you progesterone to take during these times to help battle the depression and anxiety. If your doctor is not helpful, there is an over the counter progesterone cream (mostly sold at natural food stores) that can help boost your progesterone ever so slightly that it will help make a difference. If your doctor doesn't seem to know how to help you... Change doctors!

posted July 16, 2021
A myPCOSteam Member

Yes definitely the week before, I can feel utterly depressed, even suicidal, and I just have to remind myself that it's just hormones and everything is fine, I have a lot to be grateful for.

posted July 3, 2021
A myPCOSteam Member

I definitely experience this along with nausea 😒

posted July 2, 2021
A myPCOSteam Member

with PCOS you are more likely to experience anxiety and depression. Studies say that anywhere from 27 percent to around 50 percent of patients with PCOS report being depressed, compared to around 19 percent of women without.

It’s unclear what causes the increased risk for anxiety and depression among people with PCOS. It could be due to PCOS symptoms or hormonal differences associated with the disorder, or to a combination of factors that is still unknown.

So with your period... in pcos are hormones are imbalanced. When your are getting your period you have surges in these hormones because your body is trying to ovulate.

In studies it points to a brain chemistry malfunction that is triggered by ovulation. Symptoms usually begin after ovulation and last into the first days of the period. This cycle repeats itself every month.

It is tied to the hormonal changes triggered by ovulation.

posted July 11, 2021
A myPCOSteam Member

nausea depression and anxiety 😞

posted July 3, 2021

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