Birth control pills and GERD

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ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/13/2012 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone heard of the link between birth control pills and GERD? I have been on them for 10 years. I started having reflux about 3 years after I started birth control. I've read that the pills may worsen GERD and I've read that they help. I'm confused! If they worsen GERD ill probably come off and use other means of birth control. I see my gynecologist this week and I'll ask her but I wanted to know if anyone on here has any input. At this point I'm grasping at straws to figure out how to improve my condition.

aeshleyrose
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   Posted 5/14/2012 4:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on birth control pills for 11 years before the pain started. I know that there can be a hormonal link between GERD and acid reflux but I can't say that I've ever noticed a correlation, but that could be just me.

From Yahoo! Answers:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080915212209AAAXFf8

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 5/14/2012 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I think the only way to answer that is to experiment - could you take a Pill break and see if your GERD improves? If it's worse or no different after 3 months or so, then at least you've tried.

I think I read that HRT makes it worse. I can attest to high progesterone in pregnancy being an aggravator too!

Long term use of the Pill can leave you with low B6 levels and possibly also low B12 - if you can tolerate supplements it might be worth topping up from time to time.

MMM x
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

aeshleyrose
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   Posted 5/14/2012 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Actually Mud I just did this (accidentally, LOL) a month ago and things were normal for me.

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/14/2012 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Normal as in GERD gone or the same aeshleyrose?

GroverCat
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   Posted 4/29/2013 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I just switched from Loestrin 24 birth control pill to Beyaz which has a different formulation of progesterone-- 3Xs as much as my old pills-- and my GERD problems went through the roof within three days. Progesterone is the culprit for heartburn during pregnancy (it relaxes the stomach valve leading into your esophagus), so I would definitely advise female GERD sufferers to be alert to the active hormone levels in their birth control. In my case, I don't think it's the root cause of my problems, but it definitely increases the severity of suffering ten-fold. I'm switching to another low progesterone pill ASAP!

GC

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 4/29/2013 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Good idea, I plan to do the same.
GERD Moderator; Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough) ; Gluten free since 2012; low dairy since 2012

akgbf
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   Posted 4/8/2014 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Indeed, birth control pill seemed to be the main cause of my GERD/silent acidic reflux syndrome and its complication in form of chronic sinusitis, which bothered me for 2 years before I found out the real cause. Progesterone (in the case of my prescribed pills it was levonorgestrel) caused stomach acidity, which caused then silent (without burning feeling) acidic reflux/GERD, which then in turn led to chronic sinus infection and dense mucus discharge which came out then either from my nose or through my throat. Difficulties in breathing and constant clearing my nose and throat were difficult to bear and lasted for over 2 YEARS!!!! The doctors were not able to help, apart from maybe suggesting washing my nose with salt (at least I could breathe better). When after reading more and more (I am a biologist) I found about a possible effect of progesterone (and related substances) on stomach acidity, I quitted taking the pill and additionally applied a very strict gluten-free, anti-Candida diet for 3 weeks as Candida systemic infection can also be one of the causes of GERD. I was tested Candida-negative, but read that stool testing can be negative and still there can be Candida as well, so wanted to be sure I do the maximal treatment. And yes! Quitting the pill removed the problem!!! I think diet helped as well but main effect was visible by stopping the pill. I hope it will help some of you with the same problem.

akgbf
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   Posted 4/8/2014 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
@ ericapeace2000
I also started having the problem with GERD around 2 years after starting taking the pill.

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   Posted 4/8/2014 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
 
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