I'm 45, and for the last two years, I've been experiencing surges of anxiety, cramping, and a general feeling of illness during ovulation. Today, I woke up and shortly after felt a feeling of dread and fear, similar to a panic attack. I've been pelvic cramping all day, and not just a twinge in my ovary like mittelschmerz. I had a pelvic ultrasound two weeks ago and it was all normal. I don't know what hormone is causing this, but I wish doctors would test for it to determine the best course of… read more
Could be a sign of PMDD (pre menstrual Dysphoric Disorder) which is basically an intolerance to progesterone and starts around day 14 (if you have a 28 day cycle) / mid-cycle which progesterone rises. It's like a mood disorder and can cause horrific anxiety, depression, panic attacks as well as pain, fatigue, itching, clumsiness, irritability, pain
YES!!!! This has been a completely new symptom for me since January. I’ve never dealt with anxiety like this or panic attacks ever until January and it’s been debilitating at times. I thought I was going nuts and/or dying. I thought I had ALS or MS at one point, thyroid cancer, sleep apnea, heart attacks, etc. cause I kept trying to Google my symptoms and everything under the sun popped up. I drove myself mad until my GP said “it sounds like panic attacks” and I quickly dismissed it but then I started doing research and he was 100% right. The anxiety and panic attacks are worse for me whenever there is a hormonal shift, so ovulation, 7-10 days before my period, during the early part of my period and post period. My doctor put me on fluoxetine (generic for Prozac) that’s helped a little bit for the overall anxiety but doesn’t seem to help at all with the panic attacks or heightened anxiety when there’s a hormonal shift. My GP just recently gave me a generic for Ativan for the panic attacks and I’m about to ovulate this weekend so I’ll probably end up having to resort to that. I’m also back on birth control this month for the first time since being off it for two years so they can try to balance out my hormones again. I’m so so sorry you’re going through this, but when I read your story it gave me such relief to know that I’m not alone! And you’re not alone either! Keep pushing through this 🙏🏻💪🏻❤️
I, too, suffer panic attacks during hormonal shifts, but it was usually confined to the days before my period starts. Now it's at ovulation too😵💫 It's a relief to know I'm not alone. I hope you have success rebalancing your hormones.