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Mood swings after childbirth

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hi ive just had my 2nd child who is 11weeks old.after i had her i was stuck with a 6 week period,i then got the depo needle and its been almost 3 weeks that ive had my period again.i want it to stop cause i cant handle it my kids are really good and the new baby just sleeps all the time so i cant be getting stressed from them, but i cant seem to be able to control my mood swings it takes me a split 2nd to go from happy to really angry and ready to cry,every day i have to stop myself from trying to break up with my bf,im tired and have had a headache for 2 days even with panadol it doesnt work,i just feel down all the time(and yes this is everytime i get my period) i tried to tell my doctor when i was pregnant that i know its naturall for womens mood swings to go funny but through my whole pregnancy i felt like i was on my period and was really angry and crying all the question is, am i depressed or is my period making me loose control,how can i control myself.

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replied March 25th, 2010
Womens Conditions Answer A10934

Given the data you provided (6 week period after giving birth, got depo needle, mood swings, and headache) you might have been experiencing mood swings after childbirth due to hormonal changes. The body is in a specific hormonal state while in pregnancy. Once the pregnancy is over, the body returns to its previous hormonal cycle production. However, this might be very difficult for different women. Almost all women feel mood swings and stronger emotions after giving birth, but this is only a short period and the symptoms are supposed to relieve themselves once the hormonal production is restored.

In your particular case, the fact that you had a period after giving birth for six weeks indicates that the hormonal production is changed and not restored. This is likely to be causing all the other emotional symptoms you mentioned.
You might want to visit another gynecologist for a second opinion, hormonal laboratory tests and to check whether the treatment you have now is the most appropriate for your condition. Just be patient and the hormones are likely to return completely with more or less help from medications.

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