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#1 Blue Heron

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 07:42 AM

My periods used to be heavy, but last seven days. Nowadays, they're much lighter (I can use pantiliners for half of the time), but they can sometimes go on for fourteen days. I'm wondering if Lamictal has something to do with this. Has anyone else noticed a change in her menstrual cycle since going on Lamictal?

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"Note also how we don’t worry about taking medicine for pain the way we often do about taking 'happiness' pills like antidepressants. We worry that by artificially changing our mood we risk not being 'us.' But no one feels inauthentic because he took ibuprofen to relieve his back pain."

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 10:19 AM

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#3 Blue Heron

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 11:14 AM

Where, dymphna? I looked all the way through the Lamictal and Female Trouble topics, and didn't see my particular concern addressed. I know that Lamictal affects hormone levels, and vice versa, but I'm curious if anyone else has noticed a correlation between Lamictal use and lighter, longer periods.

Edited by Blue Heron, 24 August 2009 - 11:27 AM.

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"Note also how we don’t worry about taking medicine for pain the way we often do about taking 'happiness' pills like antidepressants. We worry that by artificially changing our mood we risk not being 'us.' But no one feels inauthentic because he took ibuprofen to relieve his back pain."

--"Happiness and Its Discontents," essay in the New York Times by Daniel M. Haybron, the author of the book, Happiness: A Very Short Introduction.

 

"What's your true self and what's your fake self. Yeah, and where are you on that scale? And how's it working for you? And sometimes you got to go with the fake one, and sometimes faking it 'til [you] make it is the best path, ... I mean sometimes for ... anybody I've known who's struggling ... you got to put your feet on the ground every day and say, you know, don't embrace the struggle, you're going to sink like a rock."

-- David O. Russell, the director of Silver Linings Playbook, in an interview with Terry Gross

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 06:16 PM

Bumping. Im wondering the same thing. I've only found one

http://www.crazymeds...__fromsearch__1

Doesn't mention PMS or heavy flow changes though.
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 07:21 AM

This is my first cycle since starting Lamotragine, and holy crap its painful and heavy. Normally its a five day pain in the butt (well you know what I mean) but no real drama, this month I am literally soaking pads/tampons in an hour and it HURTS! I just hope it finishes soon...

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 08:10 AM

I've just finished my second cycle and the PMS was pretty bad, and flow was heavier and longer than normal. I really hope the PMS part mellows out. I can deal with the heavier and longer if I don't have the PMS from hell.
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 12:14 PM

Lovely thoughts - I think that my husband would appreciate a lessoning in the PMS too...

Claire

[Edited to add a lessoning of my PMS not yours :mad:]

Edited by Claire, 11 March 2012 - 12:15 PM.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 01:26 PM

Yeah i hate that feeling of not even wanting to be around myself..lol
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:25 PM

I just finished my first month and a half of lamictal and to my surprise my cycle is almost a week late!!! Negative pregnancy test so I know there is not a baby there lol It either has to be the lamictal or my mess of pills that I am on
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:20 AM

In my case, I turned out to have some scarring from an infection caused by a Mirena IUD. The scar tissue was impeding my menstrual flow. I had a colposcopy to remove some of the scar tissue, and my periods went back to normal. My cycles are getting shorter now, but that's normal for a woman in her late 30s.
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"Note also how we don’t worry about taking medicine for pain the way we often do about taking 'happiness' pills like antidepressants. We worry that by artificially changing our mood we risk not being 'us.' But no one feels inauthentic because he took ibuprofen to relieve his back pain."

--"Happiness and Its Discontents," essay in the New York Times by Daniel M. Haybron, the author of the book, Happiness: A Very Short Introduction.

 

"What's your true self and what's your fake self. Yeah, and where are you on that scale? And how's it working for you? And sometimes you got to go with the fake one, and sometimes faking it 'til [you] make it is the best path, ... I mean sometimes for ... anybody I've known who's struggling ... you got to put your feet on the ground every day and say, you know, don't embrace the struggle, you're going to sink like a rock."

-- David O. Russell, the director of Silver Linings Playbook, in an interview with Terry Gross

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 09:45 PM

Well, you seem to have figured out your problem. Just thought I'd post for anyone who may have a similar question. Before Lamictal, my periods were extremely heavy, tons of clotting, 7 days long, no PMS. I had cramps that sent me to the ER a few times and had to get morphine in the hospital. After Lamictal, my periods were light, sometimes would stop randomly and start again, only lasted 4 or 5 days, NO cramping at all (weird for me!), but I had extreme PMS (crying randomly, yelling at people, moodiness, etc.). So that's just my experience for anyone that wants to know, it realllllly can change your cycle.
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:37 PM

This is probably due to elevated prolactin, as Lamictal doesn't mess with most other lady hormones like estrogen and progesterone (those hormones mess with Lamictal, not the other way around).

If you're experiencing worse PMS and lighter periods, blood tests will typically show elevated prolactin. If that troubles you, consider a switch to a drug that doesn't cause hyperprolactinemia.
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:28 PM

This is probably due to elevated prolactin, as Lamictal doesn't mess with most other lady hormones like estrogen and progesterone (those hormones mess with Lamictal, not the other way around).


Lamictal doesn't mess with women's hormones nearly as much as other anticonvulsants do, but there may be some interplay going both ways.
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"Note also how we don’t worry about taking medicine for pain the way we often do about taking 'happiness' pills like antidepressants. We worry that by artificially changing our mood we risk not being 'us.' But no one feels inauthentic because he took ibuprofen to relieve his back pain."

--"Happiness and Its Discontents," essay in the New York Times by Daniel M. Haybron, the author of the book, Happiness: A Very Short Introduction.

 

"What's your true self and what's your fake self. Yeah, and where are you on that scale? And how's it working for you? And sometimes you got to go with the fake one, and sometimes faking it 'til [you] make it is the best path, ... I mean sometimes for ... anybody I've known who's struggling ... you got to put your feet on the ground every day and say, you know, don't embrace the struggle, you're going to sink like a rock."

-- David O. Russell, the director of Silver Linings Playbook, in an interview with Terry Gross

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 11:52 PM

This is all so enlightening! Not only am I finding out that I might NOT be premenopausal, but that the lady problems I've been having could be from that stupid Mirena IUD! I'm smart enough to know that the two are completely unrelated & mine may have nothing to do with the Mirena, but it's giving me ideas to talk to my doctor about. I just turned 35 a few months ago, & am still single with no kids. My personal life isn't where I want it to be, and don't want to date any of the bozos in the town I live in...kind of going thru what would be considered a "normal" depression...ARGH! Turning into a real crazy cat lady. Plus I'm just terrified to have children at all with all my problems & meds that I'm on. I'm rambling again. But I found this site a couple days ago & have been mentally screaming from the rooftops "I'M NOT ALONE!! I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE HAVING THESE PROBLEMS!!" So thanks, everybody!
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Posted 07 July 2012 - 06:53 AM

I found this site a couple days ago & have been mentally screaming from the rooftops "I'M NOT ALONE!! I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE HAVING THESE PROBLEMS!!" So thanks, everybody!


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"Note also how we don’t worry about taking medicine for pain the way we often do about taking 'happiness' pills like antidepressants. We worry that by artificially changing our mood we risk not being 'us.' But no one feels inauthentic because he took ibuprofen to relieve his back pain."

--"Happiness and Its Discontents," essay in the New York Times by Daniel M. Haybron, the author of the book, Happiness: A Very Short Introduction.

 

"What's your true self and what's your fake self. Yeah, and where are you on that scale? And how's it working for you? And sometimes you got to go with the fake one, and sometimes faking it 'til [you] make it is the best path, ... I mean sometimes for ... anybody I've known who's struggling ... you got to put your feet on the ground every day and say, you know, don't embrace the struggle, you're going to sink like a rock."

-- David O. Russell, the director of Silver Linings Playbook, in an interview with Terry Gross

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:08 PM

You know what? Earlier this week, I ran across some research showing that lamotrigine is an aromatase inhibitor like many drugs for breast cancer. This means that it inhibits CYP19, which metabolizes androgens to estrogens. I have no idea whether a safe dose of lamotrigine would exert this effect to a clinically significant extent. I know that my elliptical running endurance increased at first. I managed to keep it up for 47 minutes just to keep on watching the TV in front of the machine. My biggest problem with walking the Historic Something Or Other Trail through Boston, which is handily marked with a painted line, was a sore shoulder from constantly jerking my purse downward. That was in 2007.
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:23 PM

I'm new and wanted to comment that I noticed heavier periods and more cramping with Lamictal too. But I'll deal with it because Lamictal makes my mood swings a lot less severe.
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:56 PM

my period is a week late, pms (crying over stupid things) cramps, EXTREMELY sore breasts, light spotting. That's it.

I want my normal flow back. I feel like my cycle is on pause. I'm currently on 100 mgs of Lamictal (generic) and 150 mgs Welbutrin XL (also generic) a day.

Thoughts? Anyone else experience this? If so, please tell me your period came back. I feel no release. It's weird.. Then again, after 6 weeks on lamictal I'm not depressed to the point of catatonia anymore, not sobbing in the corner, able to function... Even laugh occassionally. I have a LOT of work to do- my life is by no means perfect, but lamictal has truly stabilized me.

Is this a consequence I should deal with in your opinion?

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 09:12 AM

my period is a week late, pms (crying over stupid things) cramps, EXTREMELY sore breasts, light spotting. That's it.

I want my normal flow back. I feel like my cycle is on pause. I'm currently on 100 mgs of Lamictal (generic) and 150 mgs Welbutrin XL (also generic) a day.

Thoughts? Anyone else experience this? If so, please tell me your period came back. I feel no release. It's weird.. Then again, after 6 weeks on lamictal I'm not depressed to the point of catatonia anymore, not sobbing in the corner, able to function... Even laugh occassionally. I have a LOT of work to do- my life is by no means perfect, but lamictal has truly stabilized me.

Is this a consequence I should deal with in your opinion?

Thanks in advance!


If you're feeling a lot more stable, it's worth waiting to see if your periods even out over time.
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"Note also how we don’t worry about taking medicine for pain the way we often do about taking 'happiness' pills like antidepressants. We worry that by artificially changing our mood we risk not being 'us.' But no one feels inauthentic because he took ibuprofen to relieve his back pain."

--"Happiness and Its Discontents," essay in the New York Times by Daniel M. Haybron, the author of the book, Happiness: A Very Short Introduction.

 

"What's your true self and what's your fake self. Yeah, and where are you on that scale? And how's it working for you? And sometimes you got to go with the fake one, and sometimes faking it 'til [you] make it is the best path, ... I mean sometimes for ... anybody I've known who's struggling ... you got to put your feet on the ground every day and say, you know, don't embrace the struggle, you're going to sink like a rock."

-- David O. Russell, the director of Silver Linings Playbook, in an interview with Terry Gross

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 08:18 PM

I found that my Epilim made my menstruation a lot lighter (good, because it was like shark week). With my last dose increase of lamictal I'm about a week late so far. Now by saying it I will probably get it while I'm sleeping. :(


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