Alexis’ Story

Nexplanon, PMDD, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

I was trying to find the “best birth control” for me, and found myself getting Nexplanon.  My PA briefly brushed over the side effects in a very nonchalant manner and readily cut my arm to place the device. This was one of the worst things I could’ve ever done to my body. After disrupting my menstrual cycle for a little over 3 months, I had terrible, uncontrollable mood swings- shaking with anger, then a few minutes later, I was able to see colors other than red.  The longer I had Nexplanon in my arm the more sure I was that this was the cause of such emotional and psychological discomfort. I knew something was wrong with my body because I felt myself losing control of my emotions. Finally, a few months later, I was diagnosed with Premenstrual Dyphoric Disorder (PMDD), to which I credit pumping synthetic carcinogenic hormones under the alias of “Contraception”. Looking in retrospect, I see how placing these toxins into my blood insidiously destroyed an already balanced cycle. I threw a major biochemical wrench into a smooth running reproductive engine. After learning more about my menstrual cycle through Fertility Awareness Based Methods such as Billings Ovulation Method, I have gained the understanding that the fluctuation of hormones is like an extravagant symphony-full of highs and lows, constant eb and flow. I have learned not to silence the symphony of my female reproductive system, not even to try to orchestrate it, but to listen to each captivating note played by my body.

Submitted on December 7, 2020

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