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Can I stay on the pill through perimenopause to control my mood?

Can I stay on the pill through perimenopause to control my mood?

Yes for a while: It is considered safe and appropriate for a women to use birth control pills until the age of 55 or 56, except for smokers - tobacco smokers should not take the birth control pill after the age of 35 due to the increased risk for blood clots and strokes. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more


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I'm 42 on the pill for 19 years. Missed 2 periods now in a row. Took home preg. Test..Negative. Could i be perimenopause? Should i call my gyno?

I'm 42 on the pill for 19 years. Missed 2 periods now in a row. Took home preg. Test..Negative. Could i be perimenopause? Should i call my gyno?

Normal: Ocp amenorrhea. It is perfectly normal to have very light or absent cycles on long term birth control pill use. It is perfectly safe & not a sign of peri-menopause. In fact, you would have to stop hormone use if you wanted to check for menopause (average age 51-52). Continue your pills, make sure you are not pregnant & enjoy the side effect. Take care. ...Read more

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Lately i've been having crazy mood swings. I have pcos and im taking pills. Im scared it may be perimenopause or something? Is this likely? Almost 18

Lately i've been having crazy mood swings. I have pcos and im taking pills. Im scared it may be perimenopause or something? Is this likely? Almost 18

Not peri-menopause: at age 17 going on 18. Mood swings do not diagnose menopause, pregnancy, or anything else for that matter. Mood swings are more likely due to what's going on in your life than medication or a disease condition. Good wishes. ...Read more

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Would a monophasic birth control pill, like ortho cyclen, improve my perimenopause symptoms better than a triphasic? Still symptomatic on triphasic.

Would a monophasic birth control
pill, like ortho cyclen, improve my
perimenopause symptoms better
than a triphasic? Still symptomatic
on triphasic.

Hormons: The difference in mono and tri phasic birth control is that wit mono-phsic you get more hormons but stable amount of hormones. Then there should be less chance of mood fluctuating due to hormone level changes. ...Read more

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I am 48. Irregular bleeding for 2014. Exam normal 9-14. Just perimenopause? Off pill 11-13-6-14 per md. Md put me back on 7-14 till now. What to do?

I am 48. Irregular bleeding for 2014. Exam normal 9-14. Just perimenopause? Off pill 11-13-6-14 per md. Md put me back on 7-14 till now. What to do?

Probably perimenopau: At 48 the most likely cause is the perimenopause. Low dose birth control pills are certainly one way to manage this as is cyclic progestational therapy, or even endometrial ablation or a Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD. The choice depends on you and your particular risk factors and type of bleeding (heavy, light, prolonged, or just unpredictable). Hope this helps. ...Read more

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If perimenopause symptoms and hypothyroid symptoms are similar and all thyroid tests are in normal range, taking bc pills, then why still symptomatic?

If perimenopause symptoms and
hypothyroid symptoms are similar
and all thyroid tests are in normal
range, taking bc pills, then why
still symptomatic?

Not all tests done: I would bet your doctor never tested a reverse t3 (liothyronine). Must test free t3 (liothyronine), reverse t3 (liothyronine), free t4. Can almost promise your reverse T3 (liothyronine) will be in the high end of the range and your free T3 (liothyronine) in the low end.. Proof of functional hypothyroidism. Treat possibly with armour thyroid. Also may have some adrenal farigue. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Lyons
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Perimenopause (Definition)

Year period of time when estrogen secretion begins to decline, periods become irregular, symptoms such as hot flashes may begin, along with mood swings and other changes. Talk ...Read more


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