7:41 pm - 05/01/2017

Reduced immunity during natural menstruation?

Hello all, I'm posting with a question about the pill and I guess to see if anyone else has had a similar experience. I was on the pill for around twelve years (since the age of fifteen) for heavy, painful periods and acne. Over the last three years I have been prescribed Yasmin which I have found to be very effective. Around four months ago I decided to come off of the pill to give my body a break and to see if my periods and acne would have settled any with age (I'm now 27). My periods were extremely regular after coming off of the pill - the first began after 28 days, the second after 28 days, the third after 31 days and the fourth after 28 days. My periods have been heavier than usual but not as heavy as they were before. However, my skin has gotten noticeabley worse but that's not the issue I'm writing about today.

The issue is that during my second natural period I was floored with a cold. Then during my third natural period I picked up another cold, although not as bad as the month previous. I'm now in the midst of my fourth natural period and I have yet another cold which feels as bad as the first one I picked up. Admittedly my stress levels have been higher due to completing my university degree this month. I have also put on around 20lbs in about eight months and so my BMI is sitting at around 30, which is something I'm currently working on. Is the fact I'm picking up colds during my period every month a coincidence? I'm actually considering going back on the pill if it will prevent this happening for a fourth month. I work full-time and cannot afford time off work, alongside the general inconvenience of becoming unwell.

Information/advice/similar experiences would be most welcome, thank you.
hikerpoet 1st-May-2017 11:56 pm (UTC)
I definitely feel like I see a pattern, too.
starsburnaway 11th-May-2017 08:29 pm (UTC)
I'm sure there must be one, it's too much of a coincidence.
archangelbeth 2nd-May-2017 09:20 pm (UTC)
Could be! I would also look at your nutrition, too, though -- personally, I stopped getting quite so many colds and flus when I started taking extra D (at the doctor's recommendation; I was low on it when she tested), and it seems like they aren't so bad if I take a zinc pill (just one!) if I think one is coming on, and maybe the next day. (There was a study my spouse found about zinc actually shortening the duration and severity of colds, and instead of those expensive -- and low in zinc! -- supplements that are marketed for colds... I just bought a bottle of zinc. Do note that it needs to be taken with food or it can cause nausea.)

(And, just because I went undiagnosed for a long time and am therefore now a fanatic, if you can check thyroid that might be useful. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) should be between .4 and 4 and ideally no higher than around 2-ish. If it's 5+, then that can be contributing to weight gain, and trust me -- if you're trying to restrict calories to deal with hypothyroid weight-gain without also taking replacement thyroid, you will only trash your metabolism. Been there, done that, metabolism akin to a hibernating bear's now. It sucks. Don't do it.)

Good luck!
starsburnaway 11th-May-2017 08:31 pm (UTC)
I'm not one for visiting my GP and I haven't had a blood test in at least three years so I definitely think I should request one just to make sure my biochem is all OK. I know my nutrition will have a part to play so working on that too. Thanks for the advice!
damsie 6th-May-2017 01:35 pm (UTC)
Last year I stopped taking birth control after taking it for 20+ years. I literally had not stopped taking birth control for all of those years. I definitely noticed many changes over the past 10 months since I stopped... definitely noticed patterns as well. I'm seeing fewer "bad" reactions/symptoms to being off of it as the months wear on... including... no more UTIs. Odd, but no more UTIs.
starsburnaway 11th-May-2017 08:32 pm (UTC)
Oooh that's a strange one, it makes your wonder what the pill does to our bodies! I'm hoping it has just been a one off (or a three off) but I'll continue to monitor. Hope your symptoms continue to diminish!
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