||[Mar. 23rd, 2011|11:35 pm]
So, many moons ago, I had a Mirena, and I actually liked it, but had a tough first 6 months with it-- not just the cramps and bleeding but an allergic reaction to the levonorgesterel, (full body rash, including my face, hands and feet! Which thankfully went away after 3 days and a lot of Zyrtec, but it was very, very scary) -- and a much harder time when the hormone ran out (I didn't get it removed right away, then did not have it replaced.)
It was, however, good for the PMS/PMDD sort of things, I believe. Still, I'm not sure I"m ready to take the leap back to getting another one.
I started some hormone testing, and my levels spike and drop way off the charts. I was on some bio-identical hormones, but my insurance won't pay for it. My cycle never got super regular (24-27 days), but it seemed to help somewhat (evening out about 26 days). (The nice big new boobs were a bonus, too! haha. They then lowered the estrogen dose and they went back to normal. Feh.)
Anyway, It seems like the main thing I need to do is get my hormones to even out throughout the cycle.
I'm interested in trying a progesterone-only pill to try to mimic the effects of the mirena. I'd tried Jolivette (norethindrone) a while back, and it seemed to help at first, then not at all or possible make depression worse.
Is there a big difference between a norethindrone pill and a levonorgestrel pill? Is a levonorgestrel pill even available?
Anyone have experience with this?
I have depression/anxiety which is GREATLY exacerbated by my cycle. Which is 24 days long. Ugh. When the PMS is better, my dep/anx is better, too.