I am new to this board and feel so validated and so much less alone after just a short time reading.
Thank you all so much for sharing your stories and your advice!
I'm 40 years old, have a 3 year old, work full time, and my husband is a truck driver. The last few months my short-temper has been getting worse. At first I wrote it off to work/home/marriage stress, and my child's strong-willed temperament, constant activity, and frequent tantrums. But I was (am) also SO tired all the time, and my first two days of periods had become so heavy as to stain many sets of sheets and pants. I went to a new gyno for my annual, and she tested my hormones and said they are "normal for a woman in peri-menopause". Since I am a smoker I cannot take birth control pills, and I had very bad side-effects from anti-depressants after my child was born (multiple brands were tried, all with very bad side-effects). So I resigned myself to just do the best I could, and started taking "Estroven". Well, the last couple of months have been so awful....in fact, last month I actually filed for divorce from my husband because we were fighting so much. We immediately reconciled when he returned from the road, but still that was to me a turning point. I used to be a really quiet, nice person! Now I find myself short-tempered and hostile two weeks of every month, and getting more and more vocal about it!
I guess my question to you all is, do you know of any treatments for this, especially the short-temper, other than BCP or psychotropic medications?? I have done some reading on "biodentical" hormones...has anyone had success with that? I sure appreciate advice. And thanks again for all the encouragement I have been reading!