One for the ladies, contreception

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   Posted 3/4/2010 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All, Iam having to change my contreception method as doc freaked that I had been on the Depo injection for 18 years!!! not just 5 yrs so I have opted to have the implant, unable to take the pill as it doesn't absorb (fell pregnant with 2nd son while on it) the only thing is it says that some medicines may stop the implant working.

I 'am still waiting to be put on crohns meds as the Gi wants me to wait till after my operation, and then to be put on azathoropine (sp?) and cipro. Has anyone got/ had an implant and been told that their crohns meds would affect it working?Really don't want to have anymore children in my time of life!! all info is greatly apprieciated thanks Bev x
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   Posted 3/4/2010 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried this
It sometimes cause more bleeding but if you take the progestogen one then you would not get any periods.
It works well for most women and it is isolated to the uterus so it would not cause any trouble elsewhere in the body.

or if you are sure that you don't want anymore children you could have Tubal ligation.
That is the most effective method.
But that is surgery so maybe that is bad for you.
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   Posted 3/4/2010 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   

I have been on azathioprine for over a year now and am also taking cerazette as a form of contraception. I started cerazette in preparation for an implant as the nurse said it uses exactly the same chemicals, however i chickened out of the implant! The cerazette stopped my periods completely woohoo and my GI said as long as i'm not having periods i'm obviously absorbing enough to be effective. My GI also said that my drugs Azathioprine/Pentasa should have no effect on the contraceptives potency, so i would say you should be fine with an implant but always best to check with the professionals its probably better to ask a contraceptive nurse than your GI as its their speciality.

Not having a period with Crohn's is life saver couldn't cope with that on top of the everyday abdominal pain!

Hope this helps, wish you all the best. Caz xxx
Age 22, diagnosed with Crohn's Disease March 2007, currently taking 100mg Azathioprine, 2g Pentasa, Solpodol for pain

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   Posted 3/4/2010 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
i'm on the implant and have been on aza, pentasa, remacaide and will be starting humira soon. I've never had a problem with meds interacting. I discussed it with my GI and sexual health nurse before i had it put in. It stopped all my periods and its due to be changed in november. I'm definatly getting it put back in cos its so much easier!! Nothing to remember to take/do.
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   Posted 3/4/2010 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering if you would be a good candidate for tubal ligation if you are positive you want no more children. If you are having surgery and they will be working in your abdomen, it seems like a good time to do it all in one shot.
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   Posted 3/4/2010 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I had endometriosis and crohn's and was on diff drugs to control the endo (tons diff pills, depo etc etc) i have 2 babies from the pill cause my body just got "use to" it and it didn't work on me. After my 3rd i had a tubal ligation i had to have a laproscpopic surgery anyway so dr did it while they were in. It was very easy operation with hardly any recovery. I noticed you also have endo this solved my birth control issue but my endo was not controlled as you need those drugs to control it. I ended up having a hysterectomy in 2007 which then unfortunately set my crohn's off and i haven't been able to get it under control since. I would talk to the dr about this in length so that you choose something that keeps your 2 diseases under control as well

sorry didn't want to scare you but wanted you to think of all poss cause i didn't think about crohn's when dealing with period problems
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   Posted 3/4/2010 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm on my second implanon implant - things went so well the first 3 years I decided to get another when it ran out. I was always told the pill and Crohn's don't always mix due to absorbancy issues - I'm on methotrexate so getting pregnant is a massive no-no and the implant was what was recommended to me by all doctors involved. It doesn't appear to affect my meds as I was in remission for the majority of the time I had the first implant in! My new one I've had in I've had for 6 months and been in remission that entire time too. I rarely have periods on it either (can go for up to 8 months without one and when I do its really light which suits me great as periods used to make my Crohn's act up.

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   Posted 3/4/2010 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
also I was told not to have the depo injection because it can cause bone weakness and joint issues - something us Crohnies are more likely to suffer from.

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   Posted 3/5/2010 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Cipro would be a concern...antibiotics can mess up birth control:(
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   Posted 3/5/2010 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for your replies OHIO76 thats what i'm worried about you hear docs say take extra precautions when you are on antibiotics when your on the pill. I will ring next week just to make sure it will be ok thanks again to you all.have a good W/E Bev x
Diagnosed with crohns at 13 now 43
Reversal of temp ileostomy finally have a date 7th April 2010
Meds: Iron syrup,Loperimide,Folic acid & Citalopram 60mg (for Anxiety.)

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