Thinking of going on the combined contraceptive pill to help peri menopause symptoms, any advice?

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Hi - I have come to the conclusion that ovulation seems to be an issue for me, as times in my life when I wasn't ovulating, i.e. when I was pregnant and breast feeding were the only times in recent years where I didn't expereince this horrible emotional roller coaster each month. I literally have 1 good week post period, a bad week mid cycle, another bad week pre period and then relief during my period - and it has just been getting more intense in the past 18 months. I've tried antidepressants - which I think help me on my good weeks - because I feel great, but don't seem to be able to prevent the down weeks, am now I'm also on bio identiical oestrogen gel, which worked great initially - for the first 5 months but I think my cycle has now synced to the increased oestrogen levels which is why it appears to have stopped working. I had assumed that the oestrogen gel would have stopped ovulation as it's at quite a high does (3 pumps per day) but I now read that this is not necessaril the case, ( I still have symptoms of ovulation)  as it is no where near as high as the OC pill. So I think the pill might be the best option for me as it would completely override my cycle and stop ovulation - as I've read it can help some women. I would really like to hear if it has helped anyone else and which pill worked best! Thanks.

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    I went on the birth control pill when I was 35 due to fibroids and heavy bleeding. I went off it around 51 and had already gone through menopause. It worked for me. I think everyone is different, but on the pill my fibroids shrunk. I recently had a sonogram and there are no signs of fibroids. I guess they can shrink to nothing!
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      It was the combination pill (28 day). I still got my period but it was liveable. It got better and lighter the longer I was on.

      I heard some docs prescribe it and let the patient take the active pills every day so they never get a period.

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      Hi Debbie, did it balance out your moods though? That's the problem I have at the moment - very up and down making life difficult, I'm hoping that the pill would override my hormones and balance my moods out..

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