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Staff Story, Teena: Life after hormones and a long-awaited diagnosis

Staff Story, Teena: Life after hormones and a long-awaited diagnosis

I took hormonal birth control pills for over 10 consecutive years before moving to a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD). They both caused unacceptable physical and emotional side effects, but I didn't think I had any other choice for effective contraception. 

After less than a year with the IUD, the side effects had affected my health so negatively that I had to remove it. I refused to continue taking hormones, and I didn’t want to use a copper IUD, either—no more foreign objects inside my uterus, please and thank you. Barrier methods were not ideal, though I did get fitted for a diaphragm. Ultimately, I wasn’t comfortable using sperm-killing chemicals inside my vagina and, unfortunately, diaphragms aren’t as effective without spermicide. Choosing from these sub-par methods surely couldn't be my only option. But my doctor didn’t offer any other solutions, staunchly defended hormonal birth control, and denied my assertions about the side effects I experienced. 

Unsatisfied, I did what any sane person would do—spent hours online trying to find answers for myself. 

I don’t remember how, but I eventually stumbled upon Toni Weschler’s book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I eagerly read it and then told everyone I knew about it. 

Equipped with the science of the menstrual cycle, I felt ready to trust my newfound knowledge—and my body. I downloaded several apps to test which one would work for me, and Kindara was the obvious choice. When my husband and I met with a fertility coach to review my cycles, she for some reason tried to get me to chart on paper, but I was already in love with Kindara.

After setting us up for success to avoid pregnancy naturally with the Symptothermal Method and Kindara, I removed the IUD in October 2015 and never looked back. 

Charting my cycle with Kindara fostered a deeper connection with my body. My relationship with my period transformed, and knowing when it will arrive is a gift in itself. 

But something still wasn't quite right.

After decades of feeling like two completely different people, I finally noticed a pattern with the help of Kindara's customized tracking: Those dramatic shifts in my physical, emotional, and mental states were clearly connected to the phases of my menstrual cycle.

So I took my charts to a doctor, and she was able to diagnose me with a menstrual cycle-related mood disorder called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Thanks to Kindara, I was quickly diagnosed and able to get the treatment I needed to live my best life with PMDD.

Kindara transformed my world!

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