For the ladies - seasonale?

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momhatesuc
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   Posted 4/4/2008 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I began taking seasonale 2 1/2 months ago with the hope that I would have less flares, since I always tend to flare during my period.  All has been well until the past few days.  I have had some spotting, which I know is normal on seasonale, but since my hormones are obviously out of whack, I am beginning to flare as well.  I have one more week of the seasonale before my "off" week.  I am wondering if I should just have this coming week be the off week, and once I have a period, maybe things will settle down again, rather than have this misery for two weeks.  Does that make sense?  Any opinions or experiences with bc pills would be appreciated.
Leslie, 30~ left-sided UC diagnosed in 1999
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Meesh
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   Posted 4/5/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe you should call and ask your doctor, but it seems to make sense to me to make this your off week.
Diagnosed UC April 27, 2006
Remicade infusions: 7/21/07; 8/18/07; 10/13/07; 12/15/97; 1/26/08; 3/8/08
Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Protonix; Lexipro 10 mg; Prednisone 4/27/06-present, tapering attempt, down to 5 mg. daily. Xanax as needed. Daily supplements: multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums
12/1 - 12/29/07 weekly Venofer (iron) injections; Off of the following:Entocourt EC; Rowesa; Asacol; Colazal; Imuran (extremely bad reaction 2/07)


dakotagirl
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   Posted 4/5/2008 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree about calling your doc. Maybe having the off week early this cycle and seeing how it goes again with the next cycle.

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JewelsOK
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   Posted 4/5/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I take an active birth control pill every day of the year and never have a "period" at all. When your on the pill it is not really a period anyway, but rather withdrawl bleeding from the removal of estrogen. I take pills that way to avoid headaches, because I'm early stages of osteoporosis and to try to lower my risk of ovarian cancer (which my mother has). I love it - have done it this way for two years. The pills I take are Kariva (generic of Mircette) I only take the active and not the off week ones. I don't have UC, though.
Julie

Mom of Son 16 UC dx 07/02, Sulfasalazine, Imuran, folic acid, L. Reuteri, Zyrtec, Iron, Vit/Min

Daughter 9 UC dx 08/07 Colazal, 6MP, Iron, Vit/Min., Culturelle


bookworm21
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   Posted 4/6/2008 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I would call your doctor and double-check with him/her.
As for UC and bc, I took Kariva for the past two months (to regulate my periods) but I've stopped it. I had virus-like symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc) 3 times after starting Kariva, and the last two times it happened right at the beginning of my period. And I don't think it was a regular flare b/c it would only last a day or two, whereas my flares at least last a week. My nurse practitioner said that these kind of symptoms usually don't happen w/ bc, but since this had happened only after taking bc, that Kariva may not be working well for my body (which possibly could be UC-related). I also took Ortho Tri Cyclen before I had UC, and I didn't have these sorts of problems.
My ob/gyn also prescribed Seasonale instead of Kariva, but I'm not going to be taking it b/c cramps are unbearable for me and I know I'll have them with the spotting.
Diagnosed August 2007 at age 18
3 Asacol 3x/day
1000 mg Canasa at night

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