Update on my "The Pill Update"

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7Lil
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   Posted 4/11/2007 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi guys!

So this is my update to my birth control pill update post.  A few of you may remember a while back (like over a year ago) I posted about me getting off the pill and feeling much better IBS wise.  Well, I decided to try the pill again.  My cysts came back in my breasts and ovaries and I also get horrible period cramps.  I figured I could try a lower hormone dose pill and see what happens. 

I got my monthly “friend” yesterday and per the doc’s orders that is when I’m supposed to start the pill.  So I did.  Immediately I felt horrible.  I do know, however, that when you first start the pill you will probably have nausea (and other stuff) in the beginning.  I sure do!  I also have had a little D yesterday and today.  I’m not too worried about it because I attribute it to cramps from my visitor.  I just hope I’m not wrong in my theory.

I will keep up the pill and document my symptoms.  If my IBS goes back to how it was (horrible!) then I will for sure get off and never look back.  I just haven’t decided how long I will wait to make the call.  Maybe after a month?

Anyway, just wanted you all to know that you might be seeing more of my griping around the boards.   tongue   I hope not though.  Take care.


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   Posted 4/11/2007 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
(((Lil))) man that pill makes me feel crappy and I just couldn't handle it. Some people can, I can't. I know with some people that it can take a while to get over any side effects in the beginning (just like a lot of other meds) so I'm hoping that you will start feeling better each day. I wouldn't though know what to tell you as far as how long to wait since I haven't taken the pill in over 10 years. You may want to bring your heating pad to work and just plug it in under your desk so you can at least have a little relief. Please keep us updated. HUGS
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   Posted 4/11/2007 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   

Chica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bummer, girl!  Which pill are you taking, the Loestrin?  Have you tried the NuvaRing yet?  It's a winner in my book.  Soooo easy.  Not sure if it would help you with your cysts, though. 

Do you take anything for your cramps (i.e. Advil, Midol)?  I'm sure the D can be attributed to your friendly visitor.  How long are you going to test this out? 


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   Posted 4/11/2007 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks, girls!!!

I've stocked up on my tea at work and I've already got my heating pad.  Now I just need to bring baby wipes.  tongue

I'm taking Alesse.  I'm not sure that it's officially a low hormone pill, but it is less than I was on before.  I was on 1/35 and Alesse is 1/30.  We'll see.  I'm unsure of how long I should test it... 1 month, 2 months, 6 months?  I guess it will all depend how I feel.  I was going to try the NuvaRing but it doesn't do much for my cysts.  ???
I popped a couple Advil a couple hours ago and I am feeling much better.  Cramps are gone and even the nausea has subsided.  I hope that it continues and I can get through work OK...

Great big ((((((THANK YOU HUGS)))))!!!!



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   Posted 4/11/2007 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
You know where I stand on the NuvaRing also :) Love it!!
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   Posted 4/11/2007 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
For about the first month and a half while when I started on the pill, my GI problems got a ton worse - I think that's what made the nausea so bad (although I can't be entirely sure...) I've been a ton better since then - even drank a latte this morning! Definitely give it a little bit, and if it's still not better, you can switch to another kind - I'm on Loestrin, and it's 1/20. I love it!

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   Posted 4/11/2007 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
What the heck!?! Why didn't my doc give me Loestrin 1/20!?!?! I asked for a "low dose pill" and he only gave me 5 less when there's up to 15 less. He knows I have IBS... Now I'm mad.
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   Posted 4/11/2007 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Lil,   Hey girl what a bummer..  Well I was on the pill for about 15 years..  I found it best to take it at night because then you sleep thru the yucky feeling..  I remember one time missed 3 days worth and took it all at once..  Holy Cow!!!  I felt like I was going to die!!!  I would give it at least a month..  I would also call the doctor and tell him you want to be on the lowest dose!!!  Did he not hear you??? haha  Keep us updated!!!  Take care...

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   Posted 4/11/2007 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
A lot of gynos are now prescribing the low dose BC for month-round usage. It keeps most women from having a real period (you may spot some or have a really, really light one). They say that the initial studies have found that they actually have a lower pregnancy rate if you don't do the placebo week and because they are so low dose, it doesn't hurt your body any. The gynos are pressuring the insurance companies to cover this little bit of extra dosing. They're also encouraging the drug companies to just leave out the placebo pill week out all together. Maybe getting rid of the hormone fluctuations associated with having a period would help you IBS too. Since I don't have a period, I don't get constipated spells regularly anymore (well, as regular as my period ever was).

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   Posted 4/11/2007 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   

Lil,

Rage against the machine!

Love,

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   Posted 4/12/2007 2:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Ive been on the pill for 9 years now and if I din't take it my period is awful and I have the most awful pain. There are a lot of different pills out ther so if you don't suit one, your doc could change you to another. I have taken ovranette for 9 years and this really suits me.
It is normal to feel a bit yukky when you first start taking the pill and nausea is a very common side effect.

Hope things improve and you get on with this ok. Take care hun xx

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   Posted 4/12/2007 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for the input and well wishes. I will keep you posted on how things go. I'm only on day 3 of the pill and my cysts are already less painful. I really hope this pill is it for me... I'd hate to have to be a guinea pig.
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   Posted 4/12/2007 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   

  Lil,

 I hope averything works out for you. Took the pill for a long time. Have you heard about norplant. I had it for 3 years, it's different. Pills are over for me, i had my tubes tied 6 weeks after my second son was born. Not taking any chances(LOL) tongue

Good luck. Stay well.


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7Lil
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   Posted 4/16/2007 11:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys,
I just wanted to give you a quick update... I've been back on the pill exactly 1 week and I'm feeling OK.  Side effects are gone *knock on wood* and things seem to be alright.  I just hope it keeps up and doesn't give me gut troubles.  Thank you all for your support!
 
NH66, I have heard of Norplant but am not interested.  I hear the risk of side effects are much great.  Besides, I think I read it is not available in the US anymore due to the severity of the side effects.  Thanks for your input though.  :-)
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   Posted 4/17/2007 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Actually, I think they brought it back to the US market. They're smaller and don't last as long as they used to. Still, I've seen pictures of women with it in their arm and the heebie-jeebie factor goes way up! I can tolerate shots better than I can tolerate blood being drawn because the needle goes in real quick for a shot, but they ease it in just under the skin for bloodwork; thinking about them putting those things up under my skin... heebie-jeebies at work again!
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