Andrea (fushigi_na_chou) wrote in vaginapagina,

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Some general questions about hormones, breast pain, and HBC pill vs. IUD

I feel like I'm in here every other month asking the same questions, so I apologize if you've seen this all before. I have some questions about hormones in general, and then a few questions about how natural hormones are affected both by hormonal birth control pills versus IUDs.

I understand that HBC can alleviate a lot of annoying PMS symptoms, but also that it can pose a few equally annoying side effects to the user. When looking to understand this further, I was unable to find the answer to the question I was looking for. The biggest side effect/PMS symptom that I've been trying to fight for years is breast soreness. They hurt like crazy when I'm off the pill and for two weeks leading up to my period, and they were hurting like crazy every single day when I was on the pill. I recently switched to a much lower dosage pill (Lo Loestrin FE), and for the first month it was like "hallelujah! No sore boobs!" But now, I'm coming out of month two and into month three and they've been sore for about two weeks (in addition to my face breaking out for apparently no reason). I hate having sore boobs. I like touching my own boobs, my boyfriend likes touching my boobs, and even when no one's touching my boobs, sometimes they just sit there and ache and throb. I've tried cutting out caffeine and drinking more water and it doesn't seem to have much of an effect. So. This brings me to IUDs.

I'm fairly certain at this point that I want one, but I have the feeling that it won't actually do anything for my breast pain problem. The related specific question I had been looking for an answer to was which hormone, estrogen or progesterone, causes breast soreness. The internet just kept telling me it was an imbalance of the two that caused it, but I thought I remembered reading somewhere that too much of one of them has the greater effect. Well, in the Mirena (that's the hormonal one, right?), the hormones are localized. However, will that have any effect on my body's own hormones? Will it know enough to stop fluctuating its own so that my boobs don't hurt whenever they feel like it? And the copper one doesn't have any hormones, which I feel would be counterproductive to my hormone-induced breast pain.

I just feel all-out frustrated with hormones. I feel like mine change and fluctuate whenever they please, and as soon as they sense me trying to tinker with them, they fight back with a vengeance.

Guh, halp?
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