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dbab
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   Posted 5/8/2007 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Ugh... I have been doing so well and in the last couple of weeks, not good.  I've been having bad cramping, D, and just all over pain and not hungry at all.  I think it has something to do with skipping my NuvaRing for a month.  I wanted to do that just to give my body a little break but geez had I known I would be feeling like this, I would never have.  I'm guessing it has something to do with the hormones which is an interesting topic in itself.  I know for some it does but personally I didn't think hormones were effecting my IBS but now I am convinced.  Can't wait for the next few weeks so I can go back to my NuvaRing.  I just hope it doesn't take a while to feel good again.
 
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   Posted 5/8/2007 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Awe Des, I hear you on that! I think birth control absolutely has an affect on our IBS. Looks like you just have to wait it out. In the meantime make yourself as comfortable as possible (kinda like what you mentioned in Ryleigh's post). Sorry hon! I hope you feel better soon....
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   Posted 5/8/2007 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lil... I never put two and two together that the NuvaRing would also be helping me because most people (you for example) have problems with birth control and your IBS. The NuvaRing gives a low dose of hormones but it seems like its enough to make me feel better. No more skipping it for me.
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   Posted 5/8/2007 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Love love love the NuvaRing.  I'm sorry to hear you've been feeling ick.  Funny how a little flexible plastic ring can make such a world of difference!

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   Posted 5/10/2007 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I'd hate to think what my bowels would do if I got off my BC. They changed up when I got my period, long before I got the GB taken out; no telling what they'd do now if I had normal hormonal fluctuations.

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   Posted 5/10/2007 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
YIKES!!!

I hope all of you that are taking BC pills are taking a good probiotic daily, BC pills add to bacterial over-growth in the entire system including bowels, throwing vaginal health out of whack (the reason behind yeast infections)....keep in mind too that staying on BC pills is no guarantee that your IBS won't get messed up either. With crohns, BC pills can actually cause flares and keep remissions shorter and harder to maintain.
 
Hormones (regardless of being on the pill or not) can mess with both IBD and IBS.


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   Posted 5/11/2007 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Funny you say that pb4. In the past few years that I have been using NuvaRing (not a pill but a vaginal ring) I have NOT gotten one yeast infection. Now that I have been off it for a couple of weeks, guess what!!! I have to go pick up my Diflucan today and I think that I will be going across the street to the health food store for some probiotics. Any suggestions for good ones but affordable??? I haven't been taking probiotics because I haven't got around to it but I think it's time (well past time :)
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   Posted 5/11/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hmm, that is odd about the ting and no infections and without out the ring you're now getting them...

A really good probiotic I use which even claims it aids vaginal health, high cholesterol and lactose intolerance is the Primadophilus Reuteri made by Natures Way, the only downfall to this probiotic is it must be kept inthe fridge, so look for it in the stores fridge. However, for me it works great I don't even have to take lactaid pills anymore and my cholesterol levels are now normal instead of too high...In Canada I pay 28.00 for a bottle of 90 caps and only one/day is needed (not like the many kinds where you have to take 4/day) so 28.00 lasts me 3 months.

Good luck and let me know if you get this particular probiotic and how things go.

:)

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   Posted 5/11/2007 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm on an injection and, knock on wood, I've never had a yeast infection (I'm 27).

I read somewhere else that peeing immediately after sex helps flush your system and keeps you from getting UTIs. I wonder if that helps the vagina as well? Even before I knew that, I was big on peeing afterwards, lol. I just need to for some reason. I guess wiping helps some too with keeping things clean down there.

Hormones will effect how much discharge you have, which can effect whether or not you get an infection. I think some women are just more prone to yeast infections too. My mother has always had a problem with them. Part of it was soap. She found that she couldn't use bubble bath or oils or most kinds of soaps down there without getting an infection.

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   Posted 5/12/2007 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I was the same way while taking the pill, soaps and stuff were very aggrivating, couldn't even used coloured toilet paper....not anymore though, the probiotics have cleared that issue up for me.

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   Posted 5/12/2007 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
pb4 said...
A really good probiotic I use which even claims it aids vaginal health, high cholesterol and lactose intolerance is the Primadophilus Reuteri made by Natures Way, the only downfall to this probiotic is it must be kept inthe fridge, so look for it in the stores fridge. However, for me it works great I don't even have to take lactaid pills anymore and my cholesterol levels are now normal instead of too high...In Canada I pay 28.00 for a bottle of 90 caps and only one/day is needed (not like the many kinds where you have to take 4/day) so 28.00 lasts me 3 months.

Good luck and let me know if you get this particular probiotic and how things go.

:)
Just bought it today.  Will let you know how it works out. :-)
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   Posted 5/14/2007 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Des, I've had a bottle of that stuff in my fridge for 2 weeks now. I keep forgetting to try it (since I still have plenty of Culturelle left). Let me know how you do with it... gas, etc.?
Good luck!!!!! Hope you get all 'cleared up' soon.
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   Posted 5/14/2007 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
So far so good!! I do have a bit of gas though but nothing debilitating.
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   Posted 5/14/2007 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear it dbab, hope you find much improvements with it...don't forget, I also take a fibre supplement daily for my crohns and IBS, often it's a few things that work best in conjunction with one another.

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   Posted 5/14/2007 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh you know me, I take fiber religiously as well. :-)
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   Posted 5/14/2007 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm in a dilemma now... went to the Neuro doc today and he wants me to get off of NuvaRing. In fact he wants me to not take any hormonal birth control at all :-( My GYN said it was fine and Neuro says no. I'm so confused. But I guess its better not to take it since he thinks that my neuro probs and the hormones puts me at a high risk for stroke. Now its time to figure out what other options I have... I don't really want to do the IUD for fear of infection but I don't like the other options. ARGH!!!
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   Posted 5/14/2007 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hormones also tend to mess with IBS as well as IBD, maybe you're better of not taking it if you really don't have to.

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   Posted 5/14/2007 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Des, you're going to have to go out and buy a box of rubbers.  tongue

Sorry you're stuck in a pickle with this...


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   Posted 5/15/2007 5:32 AM (GMT -7)   
7Lil said...

Des, you're going to have to go out and buy a box of rubbers.  tongue

Sorry you're stuck in a pickle with this...

FOFL tongue
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