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health seeker
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   Posted 8/24/2008 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys...
Im new to this whole thing, so I am trying to soak up as must information as I can. A lot of the stuff I have been reading has helped so far (probiotics, eating slower and smaller meals, etc.) But I was wondering if anyone has experienced more problems when they are on birth control???? Or certain kinds of birth control??I was wondering if it can make your symptoms worse or if it can cause a flair up, or if I just happened to have a bad couple of months for other reasons. When I started a new kind of pill I was in pretty bad shape for a few months, so I went off of it for awhile to see if it made a difference, it took awhile, but Im feeling better now and now Im scared to go back on it in fear that it was the pill that made me feel that way....So let me know what you think :-)

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   Posted 8/24/2008 10:52 PM (GMT -7)   
The pill can exacerbate IBS symptoms because of the hormones and because of it can contribute to bacterial over-growth which is why many women will suffer with re-occuring yeast infections while on the pill, so if the pill is your only option do make sure you are taking a really good probiotic daily and indefinitely (regardless if you're on the pill or not) this will especially aid with issues I mentioned above regarding the bacteria over growth however nothing will aid the hormones from taking the pill.

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   Posted 8/24/2008 11:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi health seeker,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
Yes, the pill can definitely exacerbate IBS symptoms. When I was on a high dose pill (1/35) my IBS what at its worse. I got off it for several months, got better, then went on a lower hormone dose (1/20). I'm much better now. My doctor told me that if even the lower hormone dose was flaring up my IBS, he would have liked me to try NuvaRing. It is inserted vaginally into your uterus, which emits the hormones directly to the source. It won't need to travel through your digestive system like the pill does.
You should talk to your doctor about your options.

BTW - I take probiotics daily. They help tremendously.
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   Posted 8/25/2008 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm also a big fan of the NuvaRing because it keeps the hormones localized instead of sending 'em out all over Timbuktu and back. Super easy, too. I've actually found that my most ever-present symptom (major diarrhea) abates somewhat when Aunt Flo comes to visit, for some reason. So it's almost a welcome relief to get it!
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health seeker
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   Posted 8/26/2008 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the advice... just a few more questions :-) How do can you tell how high of a dose your birth control pill is? Any recommendations on a low dose pill? As far as the nuvaring goes, how long do they last? And do you have to go to the dr. to have them put in and taken out? Also, I was wondering what probiotics you guys would recommend?

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   Posted 8/26/2008 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
The hormone dose is usually written on the packaging or in the paperwork that comes with the pill. Or you can Google it. Yaz I think is 1 of the most popular low hormone pills. I got precribed Alesse.
NuvaRing works just like the pill... you keep it in for 3 weeks, then take it out for 1 week and get your period. You put another back in yourself and repeat the steps. Check out their webiste.
Probiotics are hit or miss. You need to find 1 that works for you. Most popular on here are Digestive Advantage, Culturelle, VSL#3, Align, Nature's Way Primadophilus, Kyo-Dophilus, and plain ol' Acidophilus (any brand). That's all I can think of for now.
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