the pill and IBS

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Miss G
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 4/29/2008 1:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone else have trouble with taking the pill? I used to take it when I was younger and never had a problem, but I started on it again last year and suffered the most crippling IBS attack that I didn't leave the house until IBS was diagnosed a month later and my doctor took me off the pill...

Lady Frog
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   Posted 4/29/2008 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I am having problems with hormonal birth control myself. I'm on the Ortho Evra patch right now and it's annoyingly brutal. I'm going back to the doc to see if there is anything better. I'm having horrible tummy swings( had D everyday, 5 times a days for a little over a week and then right into nasty C, pain bloating and all) and I'm not sure how much more I can take before I go completely insane. I was told by my doc that people with IBS-D should not really take the pill because one good flare-up too close to taking it doesn't allow your body to completely absorb it. Plus I know that the meds that I am on ( belladonna) also inhibit the body from absorbing it as it should.

I was on the pill when I was diagnosed and once I stopped, I did notice a difference in my IBS. It didn't get better per se but there was that difference.

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   Posted 4/29/2008 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
A number of ladies on here found the pill makes their IBS worse. Many are on that Nuva Ring. I'm on Depo Provera (which keeps you from having periods) and I've about let my doctor talk me into switching to a new IUD (Minervia or something like that) that releases hormones directly into the uterus and which is also supposed to reduce or totally eliminate periods (my doctor thinks I'll not have a period at all because I've been on the Depo so long).

The two BC methods that seem to be "safe" for IBS are IUDs and the Nuva Ring, which only release hormones directly into the uterus and do not go all over the body like the pill or the patch, and those BC methods which keep you from having a period, like the Depo. I don't know if anyone on here has yet tried the continuous pill that keeps you from having a period to see whether or not it is okay. But, from my uneducated observation, it seems to be the withdrawal of the hormones with the traditional pill and patch (which also cause you to bleed) that are what sends people's IBS haywire.

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   Posted 4/29/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Even during period time IBS can get out of control for the course of your cycle, there is a definite connection between IBS and hormonal changes.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 4/29/2008 11:54 PM (GMT -7)   
That's for sure! Hormones...can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em.

I've been on the NuvaRing for years and like Keriamon said, it regulates hormones more locally so has that benefit.

I've found that my diarrhea actually improves somewhat when I have my period. That's the one benefit to having it once a month!
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