It has come to this: I'm asking about my wife's ladybits on the internet
March 5, 2013 6:58 AM Subscribe
My wife has been having the heaviest period of her life, complete with cartoonishly exaggerated mood swings, for almost two weeks now. This began very suddenly, three days after her last normal period. Tests and biopsies all came back normal; doctor is recommending the pill or a progesterone IUD to get the bleeding under control. But there is a difficulty: she doesn't react well to progesterone at all (details inside).
Two-part question: Can anyone think of possible causes for this which wouldn't have shown up on the tests she's already had (detailed inside again)? And B, have any of you who react similarly to progesterone had success combining the pill with antidepressants?
posted by ook to health & fitness (28 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The tests so far have included a pelvic exam, blood work, ultrasound, and a uterine biopsy; all came back normal. She had laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis several months ago, but based on the test results her doctor doesn't think this new problem is related. They say they've ruled out all the scary possible causes, which is, well, it's very nice that she doesn't have cancer, but it would also be nice to find out what she does have rather than just treating the symptoms, which is where they seem to be focused now -- if any of this sounds familiar, or you can think of possibilities we can ask about, we'd love to hear it.
Second part, assuming we do have to just throw hormones at the problem: the last time she was on the pill (years ago), she had significant issues with depression (clinically depressed one week out of every four, just generally not-that-happy the rest of the time). FWIW, she was also depressed throughout her pregnancy -- so we're pretty sure the problem is progesterone. Anyone out there who reacts similarly who had success using antidepressants to smooth that out? Opinions about the interaction between them and the pill?
My wife is, of course, aware that I am asking this. "I am ook's wife and I approve this message"