Birth Control for PMDD? My story…

By Jenna Rossell

Hello, my name is Jenna and I am a 17-year-old girl from Pennsylvania. I was diagnosed with PMDD about two years ago and it has been a crazy ride. For most of the time since my diagnosis, I didn’t have anything that could help weaken my symptoms. All I could do was remind myself that it was PMDD causing my symptoms and hope to get through it.

Around the beginning of June 2018, I went to the gynecologist and I begged them to give me something to help, whether it was a magical pill that could lower the severity of my symptoms or magically fix my hormones. Though there wasn’t magic to offer, I was given a birth control called Camrese.

This birth control is designed to limit the amount of PMDD phases by stopping your period from happening once a month to every four months. That means you don’t have to deal with your PMDD nearly as much.

I was ecstatic to start these pills. Not only have they benefitted me by lessening the number of times I will have to deal with my PMDD in a year, but it helped me with my excessive bleeding while on my period. My period was very irregular and it was nice to finally get it on track and less severe. Now yes, everyone is different and this medicine won’t work well for everyone, but I highly recommend exploring it with your doctor. Your PMDD won’t go away, but it won’t be there to bother you nearly as much and it has been so worth it for me!

About the Warrior

Jenna Rossell

17 years old | McAdoo, Pennsylvania | Diagnosed in 2017

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