Re: stopping your Birth Control (more so than the getting pregnant...)
I have stopped and started birth control a couple of times since my diagnosis. This last round ended in April of last year. I waited until August before getting pregnant, but unfortunately miscarried at about
7 weeks. My boyfriend and I get married next month, and we plan on trying to have a baby right away... we're hoping for better luck this time!
My words of caution...
When I first stopped my birth control, everything seemed fine. As the months progressed, I started to notice that my periods were getting heavier, and more importantly, that my periods were starting to have a larger and larger effect on my gut. I don't "flare" each period exactly, but from what I understand it is quite normal for us ladies to experience an increase in GI symptoms at the onset of our periods. This is DEFINITELY the case with me. It's not the end of the world, but it's definitely something you should know from the get go so you don't panic and think you're flaring. This might happen to you even with your birth control, but I thought I'd throw a word of warning out just in case!
26f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade only, every 16 weeks.
Digestive enzymes, and probiotics.
Doing pretty darn good, all things considered.
"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure."