A little over a month ago, I shared an experience I had been having while facing a bit of a depression, or as I like to say, “a funk”. Well, it had been going on for about 4 months and I tried to understand what was going on with me mentally, physically, emotionally, etc. I understood that I had a new baby and job, but this person was just not me!
I had been chatting with my best friend who lives in Australia (the land of expensive, but hormone free foods) and she started me thinking along the lines of what I could be putting into my body that could possibly be altering my state. Her natural inclination was to blame the foods I’d been eating. Truth be told, I have not been as consistent with the organics as I’d like to be, but I started to dig a little deeper into this.
Then it dawned on me – my own self-diagnosis. It had been exactly 4 months since my doctor put me on the latest “flavor of the month” birth control pill. At the risk of sharing a little TMI, I hadn’t taken the pill since before having my oldest. Even then, I had been consistent with one particular formula for many years because I’ve always had an aversion to the hormones. Yet, without any further testing or check of my history, my doctor was insistent on prescribing me this new pill. Sure, I could’ve said no, but the package was attractive – lighter, shorter periods, “lower dose” (although what they don’t tell you is that it is actually just a different “mix” of hormones). Anyway, I got off of this promptly and within DAYS, I started to feel much better! Yes, my kid still talks too much and I’m sleep deprived and all of the same stressors are in place, but that nagging feeling of anxiety and hopelessness is gone and I actually feel back to myself again. It has been a full month since.
I know I’m not a Doctor and I may tend to self diagnose a little too much. But I am able to read for myself and most importantly, I know my body! My intentions of sharing this is not to start a war against any pharmaceutical companies because I’m not just 100% against them (another myth of Chiro wives). but just to encourage to any women out there who may have experienced something similar to explore this further. (notice, I have not listed any brand names though you can email me for more detail)
I came across this one site that shared various sources of hormonal imbalances and an informal hormonal test you can take yourself. I plan on doing a little more research on the topic…or I may recruit the hubby to incorporate it in his chiropractic practice. Meanwhile, I would love some feedback from any readers who may have experienced something similar. What did you discover and what resources did you use?