I went off BC in January, and I've noticed my PMS has really increased, more each time it feels like. Before this I had taken the pill for ages. This includes acne and crazy cramps, but what I'm most concerned about right now is my moodiness and hypersensitivity. Does anyone know if moods tend to even out in this situation? My diet is pretty good - about 50/50 vegan/superhero, and I get plenty of omegas. I run and do yoga 2-4 days/week, depending on my schedule. Are there any specific foods or home remedies that would help? Any good supplements?
Niki, Your body is probably going through a major detox! I know exactly what you are going through because I went through the same thing. I had been on birth control for 10 years. When I stopped the pills my body went through some major changes that felt like a roller coaster. It took 2 years before my body could be normal again. In those last 2 years I have become vegan and my health has improved even more. I have no more acne, shorter and lighter period, and no mood swings. I am a much happier person. During the BC detox though I was an extremely depressed person. My periods where all over the place, heavy and unreliable. I had acne so bad that people would often make rude comments about how bad it was. I also gained a lot of weight. It was hell to say the least. But in 2 years my body has made a major recovery. Eating more superhero then vegan might be the best thing for you right now. I hope that you don't go through what I had too, but i am telling you... going off BC is probably the best thing you can do for your body even though it may not feel like it at the moment. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I wish that I knew someone that could answer some questions when I went through all of that. Best of luck!!
It sounds like real suffering. Artificial hormones like birth control supersede the bodies natural cycle. It can be a struggle for the body to find balance after discontinuing them.
The superhero plan is a great way to try and speed up that process. You may also want to consider acupuncture. The difficulty with recommending supplements is that any one of them could improve or aggravate your condition. The exception is Alicia's tea. It is universally tolerated and highly effective. Try all the teas not just the PMS recipe.
I also have seen an herbalist recently she suggested for me to take chastetree which you can get in a tincture or raw. My suggestion if you want a home remedy is to see a naturopath you would be surprised what may transpire. Just remember it takes time speaking from experience. Peace be with you.