I apologize if this has been posted before - I’ve just been unable to find a thread regarding it. First let me say, I’m not trying to get pregnant, but this seemed to be the category closest in relevance. I’m 28, and was on a low hormone birth control pill for about 11 years. I was started on it due to severely painful period cramps and heavy bleeding. It worked well until around year 10, when I started have consistent breakthrough bleeding. My doctor and I made the decision to put in the Mirena IUD since I was in a serious relationship, and we thought it would help with the bleeding issues.
While I’m a bit more regular than I was before, I’m still having moderately heavy periods and experiencing symptoms of depressive mood, weight gain, swollen feet, dry skin, and loss of hair. My doctor believes that my hormones are definitely out of whack, but doesn’t contribute it to the Mirena since it’s only releasing small doses of localized progesterone. The havoc of the wacky hormones is starting to really mess with my blood sugar control. Now I’m experiencing chicken and the egg syndrome: are my blood sugars bonkers because of the hormone fluctuations, or are the hormone fluctuations a result of uncontrolled blood sugars?
Does anyone have any experience or sage wisdom they could offer on how to get through this? Can you balance out your hormones and your blood sugars naturally through diet? Any thoughts, suggestions, or experiences would be most appreciated.