After ovulation, most women undergo changes in mood. There is nothing abnormal about that.
Ovulation changes the hormone configuration of our bodies. We produce more estrogen right before ovulation, and then it peaks at ovulation.
After ovulation, we make progesterone from the corpus luteum, the organ left behind in the ovary by the extruded (ovulated) egg.
Progesterone balances the estrogen levels and helps us be calmer, more thoughtful, and more relaxed.
Meanwhile, estrogen makes us feel happier, even occasionally speedy and high. (By the way, there is nothing wrong with any of these descriptive adjectives. This is normal female behavior that doesn’t need medication or change.)
If we don’t ovulate, or make ineffective or inefficient progesterone, which is normal and happens often, we get PMS. PMS involves mood swings, irritability, sudden anxiousness, and anger alternating with crying at simple things like a TV commercial or things that would otherwise not bother us.
The best way to treat this, if it interferes with normal functioning, is to add bioidentical progesterone in cream or tablet form.
The results are amazing.
Women feel much more like themselves and have no need for antidepressants or to be treated like there is something wrong with them.
As the period comes and all hormone levels drop, the mood returns to baseline, and most women feel normal and more in charge of their lives.
Women are often prescribed birth control pills to deal with PMS.
The Pill increases the risk of blood clots, strokes, and pulmonary emboli (which are all deadly).
It can also cause mood swings that few gynecologists will ever connect to the birth control pills, so women think they are naturally having emotional issues.
What’s more, the rise in infertility among women today is directly connected to the use of birth control pills.
The Pill suppresses all normal hormone production at the pituitary, brain level and put young women in a menopausal state of no hormones to prevent them from ovulating.
This is dangerous and harmful.
Posts by Erika Schwartz, M.D
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