9:50 pm - 09/12/2009

Tubal Ligation = Increased mood swings/irritability?

Hi. I'm really not sure if this belongs here... but I guess I would consider it to be a part of the community, as it deals with tubal ligation... which I suppose could be a form of birth control.


In May of this year, I had my tubes tied the day after I gave birth to my 2nd child.

Is it possible to have an increase in mood swings/irritability after getting this done? I'm sitting here having hot flashes and I'm... more pissed off and suddenly very depressed. Out of no where. This has been happening ever since I got it done.

I never was one to have mood swings with my period pre-tubal ligation. It was actually pretty rare for that to happen. Now, its almost a daily thing. A long with migraines (8-10 times a day--but I have suspicion this /might/ be because my wisdom teeth are coming in and KILLING ME)

Now, even though its only been 4 months... my period only comes for 2 days or so. 2-3 days. It started on the August 31st, and has been pretty consistent with that. At the 3rd day or so, it basically just kept getting lighter and lighter until I only had blood when I wiped down there.

I stay tired ALL of the time... this routine is just getting old real quick. I'm finding myself becoming moody and extreamly irritable at the same time every night--around 7-11pm-ish. This whole thing is just very weird.

I wish I could get to a doctor just to get something for these killer migraines alone. That's probably the biggest thing bothering me right now, along with the severe INSANE mood swings.

I don't have health insurance... on top of all of these problems I'm just super stressed and everything I read or do is making me want to break down and cry. I actually teared up because I was on Yahoo Answers and I asked a similar question... got a lot of rude answers, to put it nicely.

I guess my biggest question is.. what can I do about all my health issues with no health insurance? My kids are covered by the state, my husband is covered by Veteran's Affair's because he was in the Marines. It just seems like I'm shit out of luck, pardon my french.

The biggest thing I found strange about my situation is that after the birth of my 2nd child and getting my tubes tied, I'm not as depressed as I used to be. My social anxiety has went away a lot too, I'm doing things I never would have done before.

I guess there are pro's and con's to everything... bleh. Sorry, I think I was rambling a bit in my post too. I'm exhausted.
paraxeni 13th-Sep-2009 02:34 am (UTC)
First, VP is about anything to do with anything really, not strictly contraception so this is perfectly on-topic.

Second - sorry to hear you're not feeling good. I know there's something called 'Post Tubal-Ligation Syndrome' which can negatively effect people post-sterilisation, and involves a whole host of symptoms from mood swings and irritability, to headaches, sleep problems and menstrual disruptions.

Nobody's going to be horrible or rude to you here, and hopefully someone will be able to empathise totally with you, and offer up resources that they found useful.

Big hugs, good luck.
kacieka 13th-Sep-2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Thank you! That helped a ton already... I did some research on post tubal ligation syndrome... from what I've read, it doesn't seem to be recognized by a lot of doctors. During the first 2 months post-tubal, I seemed to have most of the symptoms. Over time, a lot of them seem to be going away though... it's odd.
marionravenwood 13th-Sep-2009 07:15 am (UTC)
Were you on hormonal birth control before your last pregnancy? If so, it's possible that your moods are different because they were affected by the hormonal birth control. Many people often experience mood changes during and after pregnancy as well.

If you are breastfeeding your baby that can also affect mood.
schmoomom 13th-Sep-2009 07:42 am (UTC)
I didn't have as extreme as your symptoms, but I did and do still get them. I breastfed, so my period didn't come back til 11 months, and it has since slacked off to be heavy for 2-3 days, very light for 2 and then poof, it's gone. My PMS emotionally is horrendous, I'm all over the place. I started evening primrose oil for that and it's really really helped. Give that a try (health food store should have it), and see what that does.

I got mine done the day he was born, 2.5 years ago. It does get easier. Don't forget, you're the mom to 2 kids, one who is 4 months old! You're going to get tired and frustrated *anyway*. :-)
archangelbeth 13th-Sep-2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
I take Vitamin B 4-5 days a week for my PMS, and it helps that a lot -- if you're having hormone weirdnesses, you may want to try that.

Also, I have hypothyroidism, and depression, fatigue, and irregular periods are some of the potential symptoms. Other stuff can cause that, too, of course -- but I feel that doctors don't test enough for it, and childbirth can cause both temporary and permanent hypothyroidism (or, as in my case, permanent worsening of what was undiagnosed hypothyroidism; constant fatigue like that wasn't normal? who knew!).

I'd suggest calling around and seeing if your local planned parenthood can offer a sliding scale, or if there are any other health clinics around which can do so. You may even call up doctors, explain the situation, and ask if they have any options for someone with no insurance, and [X] income, such as payment plans, shorter appointments, appointments with a nurse practitioner, etc.

Good luck!
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