Women and Birth Control??

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idontfeelgood
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   Posted 7/14/2008 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I am not yet sexually active though I plan to be soon. I have a very irregular period (I'm 24 and still don't have a regular cycle), and I was once on a birth control pill (I forget which one) and had a minor flare up shortly after a couple of days, so I had to immediately get off of it.

Have any of you other ladies run into a problem like this?

ediekristen
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   Posted 7/14/2008 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I did seem to flare after taking the pill, and you have to be careful because if you're having excessive diarrhea, you might not even give the pill time to absorb, thus decreasing its effectiveness.

I've been using the NuvaRing for two years now and have had NO problems. You just leave it in place for three weeks and then take it out for one and have a regular, predictable period. It might take a month or two if yours aren't regular now (mine NEVER were) but they will regulate with it. Also, I used to have such heavy periods that I would have to wear a super plus tampon AND a pad because I would bleed through them like crazy, but now I usually have one or two heavy days, then maybe two or three light days and that's it, for a period that typically lasts three/four days.

Also it has never caused a flare and I think it's because it's a lower dose than the pill (but still just as effective)

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar region of the spine from long term prednisone use. 

Currently unmedicated and flaring :(
Waiting for my appointment with the new GI on July 18th. Insurance finally kicked in, hooray!

 
 
 


idontfeelgood
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   Posted 7/14/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice! Did you immediately start using the nuvaring after the pill? I'm wondering how the patch would work...

Pooie1981
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   Posted 7/14/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never had a problem with the pill, I was on it for over 10 years now. I was on Marvelon 21, and now on Alysse. Although, I started the pill long before I was diagnosed with Colitis. I started it to regulate my periods also.
Jenn 26/female
Ulcerative PANCOLITIS diagnosed 2004
Asacol 3 pills once/day
Daily Vitamin for Women and Folic Acid
Flare March-June 2008.. pretty much in remission again July


FitzyK23
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   Posted 7/14/2008 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I did the patch and loved it but after 2 years I started getting some side effects like breast pain and heart palps. I then went on allese and hated it. I gained 7 pounds in a month and got tons of acne. I am now on Yaz and so far so good. I have crohns related hair loss and my dermatologist said the hormone mix in the yaz should help with that. I am in more or less remission so I am not too worried about not absorbing the pill at this time. When I was on the patch it was because I was concerned the pill would not work. I was afraid to try the ring because with all the pooping and pushing I was afraid I would push it out. Or if I had a fistula in would just get irritated. My doc says it takes your body 3 months to adjust to a new birth control. So although you REALLY don't want a flare, many healthy people have some stomach upset for the first month or so. You could also just have had a normal side effect that you thought was a flare. I would talk to a gyno, weigh which pill would be the best, and try to stick it out for 3 months. I wish you the best and happy recreating lol!

**edited to fix typo "now on yaz" not "not on yaz".


26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

Post Edited (FitzyK23) : 7/16/2008 6:39:27 AM (GMT-6)


summerstorm
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   Posted 7/15/2008 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
some women benefit from being on the pill. Because it mocks pregnancy, and pregnancy can cause remission in some women, i was actually told by my GI to take the pill, i was already on it, but he told me not to stop it, that it could help keep it from getting worse. And when i did actually stop, i would have worse times than before.

bluepurl
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   Posted 7/15/2008 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I also use the ring, and I love it! very simple, low dose, and I haven't had any problems with it popping out or being irritating - it's less noticeable than a tampon. This might be too much info, but the only time it has ever come out unintentionally is like only once or twice during intercourse.

i was taking the pill for about 10 years, then went to the patch, but the patch can actually deliver a higher dose of estrogen than the pill, so my doc suggested the ring for me. i was never regular before taking birth control either -- being on a schedule is awesome. It does not seem to affect the UC in any way, for better or worse. it's nice only having to think about it twice a month, instead of remembering another pill.
Get me a box of kittens, stat!
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Asacol x 12, nulev x 4, generic rowasa at night
Thought it was IBS since 2002. Diagnosed left-sided UC 4/08. Plan to start SCD. Determined to get into remission before paintball season ends


pb4
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   Posted 7/16/2008 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
If you can find another good method besides the BC pill then go that route...the pill is basically based on hormones, hormone fluctuations are very much linked to IBD (and IBS) in actually exacerbating symptoms, reason why many of us have worse times during that time of the month...also the BC pill can increase or bring on yeat infections due to hormonal imbalances caused by the pill...needless to say and actually either way (pill or not) taking probitoics is essential to aid with the bacterial over-growth that can be brought on by the pill (reason behind yeast infections) which is a big reason why our symptoms become exacerbated (bacterial over-growth and relation the exacerbation of IBD symptoms).

:)
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lemonhead
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   Posted 7/16/2008 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
My first experience with UC started after I was taking the pill. I guess I was on it for 3 months b4 I got any blood, but did not correlate the 2. Then in July of last year they put me on it again to regulate my period. After 5 days, I started with the diarrhea. I immediately stopped the pill but continues to have the worst flare I have ever had. After months of diarrhea and losing 20#, 8 weeks of prednisone, I decided that I would never go back on the pill. I have the worst periods, totally unpredictable and really heavy, but never want to feel that bad again.....ever. My experience........don't do the pill, better to be safe than sorry.
diagnosed with left-sided UC in 1997. (45cm)
Currently on 10mg Prednisone
12 caps of colazal    9 caps Colazal
2 rowasa enemas nightly
35, female


FitzyK23
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   Posted 7/16/2008 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Those of you not on the pill - whats your method of choice to avoid pregnancy?
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


PeanutMom
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   Posted 7/16/2008 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm a NuvoRing user and I give it rave reviews as well. It's easy to use, doesn't mess with your digestion at all because it's delivering the hormones right into your uterus so I personally have had no side effects from it. It's a low dose so I can't say I'm lucky enough to have pregnancy-like UC from taking it. I had a great time with UC the whole time I was pregnant and nursing, I miss those days LOL

When I had tried the pill I flared pretty bad so this was a very welcomed change in birth control for me.
Kim
~ Mom of Nathaniel aka "Peanut" 18m (6/08)~ Married ~ 36
"The List "
- UC dx 8/2000 - Culturelle 1x day Prenatal Vitamin (Currently not flaring but not what I would call in remission either.)
- CKD Stage 3 (Chronic Kidney Disease) - Lisinopril 7.5mg - Still have 27% function!
- Anemic - Ferolicit IV on hold (6 weeks free of IV, check in August)
- Allergies - Zyrtec 10mg 


Eva Lou
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   Posted 7/16/2008 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband uses condoms! So low tech.... I don't want to go on the pill- have never been on it, I smoke a little, & the thought of taking hormones for any reason freaks me out. Plus, they do wreak major havoc with IBD. And I figure I take enough necessary pills daily as is- no need to add an optional one! I looked into an IUD after our daughter was born- the science behind those is that the body treats it as a foreign object, & causes low-level inflammation in your uterus to prevent eggs from attaching. I have enugh unwanted inflammation as is- not gonna use anything to cause more! I had a diaphragm when I was younger, but stopped using it with the advent of STD's (this being back in the '80s, when the whole safe sex thing was just beginning). We had always used condoms prior to pregnancy, they're cheap, portable, easy to use & obtain. Especially since I work in a health clinic, & just grab handfuls from the lab when we need them. We waited on the vasectomy because I had been seriously considering surgery for the UC, so one surgery in the family per year is enough. And he just never pursued it afterwards. Some day he'll go ahead & do it, but for now, condoms it is! I'm cool with that.

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Culturelle
 
 
 
 


Mommy pooh
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   Posted 7/16/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I started Yazmin just before my wedding in 2004...resulted in my first flare. Got that flare under control with pred. and Dipentum and had 2 years and a pregnancy flare-free.

After the baby came I started the pill again. This time Yaz. Never thought there was any relationship between the pill and flare. Flare #2 came just a month after starting the pill again and hasn't gotten under control until I switched to Loestrin 24. I'm hoping I can stay in remission now and have another baby and then either have my tubes tied or husband get a vasectomy and never touch the pill again.
  • 25 years old
  • Ulcerative Colitis since Sept. 2004
    • 1st flare Sept-Nov 2004
    • 2nd flare Aug. 2007-present
  • Currently taking 1000mg Dipentum, 75mg 6MP, and weaning off Entocort at 6mg, 4 Lialda, Digestive Advantage Chrons/Colitis, and Women's One a Day

 


bookworm21
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   Posted 7/16/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
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, Rowasa1000 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
 


lemonhead
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   Posted 7/16/2008 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
My hubby has a vasectomy.  Great for birth control, but does nothing for my horrible periods.  I tried the Mirena IUD.  Did OK with my UC, but I had spotting the entire 18 months I had it and my abdomen was really sensitive.  If my kids ran and gave me a hug and landed on my tummy, bleeding the next day and pain.  Almost like it was trying to poke a hole in my uterus.  Had it removed and had a month long period.....awful.  Don't know what to do to get the periods under control, that nuva ring sounds promising......see the dr in August, hope she had an idea that won't mess with the UC.

diagnosed with left-sided UC in 1997. (45cm)
Currently on 10mg Prednisone
12 caps of colazal    9 caps Colazal
2 rowasa enemas nightly
35, female

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