I’ve been on BC off and on since a fairly young age (14) primarily because of sexual activity. I also felt like I had really bad mood swings with my period and that the BC was helping. (I later found out I had mental instability issues, chemical and otherwise, and that’s calling the whole PMDD narrative into question for me.)
Now, I’m 26, in a monogamous relationship with someone who physically can’t get me pregnant, and I’m starting to wonder if I want to be on hormones for all of forever.
This has led me to the following bit of curiosity: how exactly does BC help with PMDD/PMs? I’m on Beyaz, which seems especially recommended for that, but I’m just curious as to why. Is it because of the different progesterone? Or just because your withdrawal bleeds are only 4 days long? Something else?
I’ve heard the same is true of HBC in general, and I just was curious if anyone knew (or knew of a layperson’s resource that could explain) why/how this happens.
I mean, when I’m on an HBC withdrawal bleed, I’m not taking any hormones. How is that any better than just not being on hormones in the first place?
Knowing this will be helpful and important in my considerations of my hormonal future. Thank y’all for any info you can share!