I used birth control, before and after UC, to regulate and improve my periods. A few years ago, I took Ortho Tri-Cyclen (sp?) and I had breakthrough bleeding all the time for the first two months. And it only improved my periods for 2 months. I took Kariva earlier this year for two months and it made my periods WORSE. I would have uncontrollable diarrhea (25+ BM's), vomiting, and nausea for the first two days of my period. The second time I even went to the ER. And I think this is what caused my current flare; before that I was in remission with just 6 Asacol. Now I'm on Remicade and considering surgery...I am totally kicking myself for taking bc pills.
Female, Age 19, Dx w/ UC August 2007
9 Asacol, Rowasa, 1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis), 1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (2nd infusion 06/26/08), 2.4 g Lialda
*exploring the option of surgery