Hormonal Prison – by Lisa Kelly

In two weeks, our little poot will be a year old.  What a roller coaster ride this has been, especially emotionally.  I think when we have babies at “advanced maternal age”, our hormones are already starting to pack up their hand basket to Hell then we place the additional stress of a pregnancy on them.  I thought I was peri-menopausal when I found out I was pregnant.  My periods had picked up considerably and I was suddenly suffering night sweats, severe insomnia, heavy bleeding and mood swings like you read about.   My pregnancy went great and I felt very happy during and in the immediate weeks following delivery.

After delivery, my OB/GYN put me on the progesterone mini pill.  That turned out to be a bad fit as I found myself ready to spit nails and breathe fire at a moments notice.  I changed to the estrogen patch about six months ago and now the same thing is happening again.  I am not myself.  I’m stressed out and very unhappy despite having a near perfect husband and a beautiful baby.  Now school has started for me again so my stress is magnified a thousand times and most days I just want to run away from home.   I’m curious if anyone has experienced this and if you have found any relief.  


  1. 2 Responses to “Hormonal Prison – by Lisa Kelly”

  2. Hi Lisa, I too, was experiencing peri symptoms. Have started DHEA, 25 mg daily, and it seems to help.

    Cannot hurt to try, right?


    By Angela Kunstwadl on Aug 23, 2013

  3. Try Mircette (ie: Kariva). I had a lot of problems finding a pill I could tolerate after I gave birth and this one turned out to be perfect! Good luck!

    By Cara Meyers on Aug 23, 2013