Hormones Suck!

Hormones Suck

Ask any woman, or teenage girl, and they’ll tell you that there are at least a couple of days out of every month where they are either making everyone around them miserable, or they’re feeling miserable because of hormones.  I’ve often said that I think we can blame hormones for almost anything that’s out of whack in our lives…got pimples, hormones.  Bad hair day, probably hormones.  Gaining weight, hormones!  Headache? Hormones! Cramps? Hormones!

These pesky little buggers cause problems during puberty, pregnancy, and then just when you think you’re getting things under control perimenopause and menopause come knocking on your door and completely knock you off balance!

I am now solidly in my mid-forties.  My childbearing days are long behind me.  My youngest child is 10 years old.  At this point in my life I find myself thing, oh just go AWAY already!   This once a month trip down insanity lane is getting old.

I had horrible, crippling cramps when I was young, then I had several years where having a period was kind of no big deal.  I didn’t have any wild PMS symptoms, I didn’t have cramps.  I usually lost track of when it was coming around to that time of the month and wasn’t really keeping track anyway.

Then came the years of birth control and counting the days between periods.  Either in the interest of preventing pregnancy or creating one.  I was blessedly regular and conceived easily both times we wanted children.  I felt blessed and lucky, I had friends and family members who struggled with infertility and loss of pregnancies.  My pregnancies weren’t delightful, but they weren’t the stuff they make Lifetime TV movies about either, so I was okay!

Then after I had our second child is when the hormone monster reared its ugly, ugly head.  Hormone based birth control made me a crazy person.  No, I see you smiling there.  I was not moody.  I wasn’t irritable.  I was a crazy person!  The type of crazy person where I could hear the crazy pouring out of my mouth but could not stop it.  I could see my poor husband staring at me as if I had grown an extra head, and frankly that just made me even more mad!  Poor guy, I think he probably wondered if I was going to end up in a padded room!

We finally made the decision that two children was definitely enough for us and the hormone birth control was off the table.  I had my tubes tied and thought we were all in the clear…and we were, for a while!

A few years ago I realized I was beginning to be a little cranky (this is being polite, I was verging on crazy person again) every 28 days or so.  I mentioned it to my doctor and she told me that people who suffered from postpartum depression are more likely to suffer from PMS and PMDD later.  It all made sense!  I understood why I was becoming a moody, cranky, (pardon my French) BITCH once a month!  She wrote me a prescription and it helped.  I could function again without feeling like I had to bite my tongue for 4-5 days every month to avoid causing permanent damage to my relationships.

This past month I ran out of that little prescription and boy did I remind myself why I need it!

So, I have the mood thing seemingly under control but hormones can’t be content with that.  Now I have those disabling cramps that I started with when I was in my early teens!  The type of cramps that make you want to curl up into a ball and rock while moaning faintly.  The kind that wake you up in the middle of the night just to remind you how much hormones truly suck.  The kind of cramps that make me sneak into that stash of Vicodin I have leftover from when I smashed my finger almost off last spring!  Seriously, hormones…just take your toys and GO AWAY.  My baby making days are long gone.  Every month when the cramps and tension start to build I think, you know what I hear that menopause completely sucks but this part is no walk in the park either and it’s hung around long enough!  It’s time to move on down the line!

No matter what phase of the hormone train you’re riding, it sucks.  It’s not a fun ride!  It’s a rollercoaster, but not the cool kind!



12 Comments on Hormones Suck!

  1. Janine Huldie
    December 5, 2013 at 12:09 PM (4 months ago)

    I am 36 and so done with having kids now. I went back on birth control after my second, because I knew we didn’t want anymore children, but the side effects with the hormones are just as you described the worst and I not only get bitchy, but I get headaches and cramps. So not fun or worth it. I honestly not wanting to get my tubes tied, but during that time of the month now, it starts sounding better and better. Can so relate to the much of what you wrote and just nice to know that it isn’t just me when I read other women, including yourself sharing about this.

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    • writermomangela
      December 5, 2013 at 1:17 PM (4 months ago)

      Sadly the tubes being tied doesn’t seem to have impacted the symptoms for me at all. I had the Essure procedure done, not the traditional tubal though so I’m not sure if that changes things.

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  2. Denise
    December 5, 2013 at 1:07 PM (4 months ago)

    And now we get to look forward to menopause….whooo-hoo!

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    • writermomangela
      December 5, 2013 at 1:17 PM (4 months ago)

      At this point I say bring it on! LOL

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  3. catherine gacad
    December 5, 2013 at 3:47 PM (4 months ago)

    now that i’m pregnant, my teenage acne has come back to haunt me. it’s on my back, my face, and get this…on my waist. i have blackheads on my waist!

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    • writermomangela
      December 5, 2013 at 9:56 PM (4 months ago)

      I wish I could say that doesn’t happen again later in life, but I would hate to lie! lol

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  4. Dana
    December 5, 2013 at 3:52 PM (4 months ago)

    I’m lucky to not have to deal with hormonal stuff (yet). It’s never been an issue for me, but I have no idea what menopause will be like. Scary to think about – I’d love to not get periods, but I don’t want to deal with the other stuff!

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    • writermomangela
      December 5, 2013 at 9:57 PM (4 months ago)

      I think it’s just like how every pregnancy is different from the previous one, the same is true for the hormonal stages. Tough ones early doesn’t guarantee easier ones later, and it works the other way around, too. The roller coaster has a mind of its own!

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  5. Amber Day Hicks
    December 5, 2013 at 9:30 PM (4 months ago)

    I turned 30 in August & was diagnosed with premature menopause… WooHoo for me… BLAH… pain in my ass… (NOT) hot flash hell… excuse my mouth but you opened the door & you knew I would comment, just sayin’…. XOXO

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    • writermomangela
      December 5, 2013 at 9:57 PM (4 months ago)

      You and your mouth are always welcome here. :) Hot flashes are about the only symptom I don’t have, and since it’s a whopping 22* outside right now I might actually welcome one of those! :)

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  6. Crystal
    December 6, 2013 at 9:51 AM (4 months ago)

    Postpartum hormones are the worst! OMG! I’m practically psycho chick! LOL LOVED this post!

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    • writermomangela
      December 6, 2013 at 5:10 PM (4 months ago)

      Postpartum hormones are horrendous! I don’t think anyone realizes this who hasn’t been there!

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