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Kiss520
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   Posted 10/13/2008 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Someone else started a thread about female stuff, and I didn't want to hijack it so I'm starting my own with a few questions. 
 
I've been taking birth control for years and have ALWAYS been exactly on time with my periods.  Last month I had my gallbladder removed, I started taking Asacol, and I started taking a lot of iron.  Those are the only changes I've made recently.  Could any of these changes explain why I got my period over a week early?  I've had nasty cramps and spotting/bleeding, and some extra diarrhea just to make things more fun.
 
Has anyone had their UC medication make their birth control meds noticeably less effective?  Should I be concerned?  Or could the surgery or iron cause bleeding?
 
Any insight would be much appreciated.  Thanks!
Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament:  Asacol 1200 MG 3X daily, Cortenama 100 ML nightly, Iron 325 MG 2X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Bentyl 20 MG as needed, Multivitamin.
Diet/Exercise:  Spinach/sunflower and low-residue.  Yoga and walking.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa.
Status:  Flare
 
 


princesa
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   Posted 10/13/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Any of those things and the accompanying stress could throw off your period by a week or so. Unless it continues to arrive early or late, I wouldn't worry about it. And, of course, an increase in D is very common prior to or during your period. Even my Mom, who doesn't have IBD, told me she'd have D or loose stools the week before her period.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 


ediekristen
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   Posted 10/13/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I stopped taking the pill because I was always worried that it would be less effective since everything just flies right through me, maybe including the birth control. I started on the NuvaRing maybe a year or two ago and I love it. I'm ALWAYS perfectly regular now, and on the pill I was always having weird stuff going on.

Although I've been spotting dark dark blood for the past two weeks or so now which is getting really annoying, so I guess if it's not one thing it's another.

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

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Sulfasalizine 3000mg/day, Azasan 100mg

 
 


jano437
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   Posted 10/13/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't seen my period since January.
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
Pro-Bio
Forvia
calcium
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Dagger
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   Posted 10/13/2008 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Abdominal surgery, even when it doesn't involve your uterus or ovaries, can affect your hormones for a month or two. My surgeon told me this right before I had a hernia repaired.

Kiss520
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   Posted 10/13/2008 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Dagger said...
Abdominal surgery, even when it doesn't involve your uterus or ovaries, can affect your hormones for a month or two. My surgeon told me this right before I had a hernia repaired.
I wish my surgeon would have mentioned this.  Thanks for sharing, this definitely alleviates my concerns (as do all the other replies). 
Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament:  Asacol 1200 MG 3X daily, Cortenama 100 ML nightly, Iron 325 MG 2X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Bentyl 20 MG as needed, Multivitamin.
Diet/Exercise:  Spinach/sunflower and low-residue.  Yoga and walking.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa.
Status:  Flare
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 10/13/2008 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Other meds can definitely impact how effective BC pills will work...I wasn't impressed when I found out BC pills adds to bacterial over-growth which in turn exacerbates IBD and IBS symptoms...I'm so glad I don't have to use BC pills and such anymore, after I had my second (and last) child, when he was 4 months old (who's almost 16yrs old now) I got the clips put on my tubes, it's been awesome.

But if I did have to rely on a birth control method, for me the pill is the last (well not even the last) thing I would use because of it's affect on exacerbating symptoms, I'd go the nuva-ring or something like that.

If you continue with the pill you definitely want to make sure you're taking a good probiotic, one that aids with vaginal health is the one I use called primadophilus rueteri made by natures way, affordable and only one/day needed...plus it has guaranteed intestinal release and I've found it very helpful for both my IBS, crohn's colitis and lactose intolerance issues (which it also states on the bottle it aids).

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


kazygirl
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   Posted 10/14/2008 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
well i just had my period.. first one in over 3 years... off birth control in march to get preggers and just now finally had my period. i wanted it to come, but now that it has, i want it to go away.
the cramps from period on top of my UC cramps were just awful and i dont want to do it again.. too bad it comes every bloody month. sheesh.
and the having to go to the loo every 2 minutes and "push" out poos does not help the fact that I have a tampon in which also gets 'pushed' out. it cant be good to change a tampon everytime i go poo. what do you ladies do? push it back in? change it everytime?
i cannot and will not wear a pad. yuck...

i am almost afraid of what it will be like when i get preggers...
>.< yikes
steph - 32 - female - UC since 2000
oh so close to remission... 5 days i am, 2 days not so sure, 5 days i am, 2 days....
Blood and D are gone, with only 1-2 bms a day! woot!
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
enteric coated fish oil -omega 3 (so they get all the way to my colon)
vitamin D3 x1 a day
prednisolone 25mg x1 a day (ick ick and did i say ick?) all done
tumeric capsules x3 a day
i eat what i want, when i want, and i get better every day!
 
 
 


lemonhead
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   Posted 10/14/2008 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you know what they gave you in the hospital.  I am guessing that with your gall bladder surgery they gave you some sort of anitbiotic.  That could make you BC pills ineffective for a short time.  That coupled with the stress of surgery.  I would not worry unless it continues.  Give it a month or two to work itself out.  I do have to throw in here that I am a big BC adversary.  I got my symptons shortly after I started BC, and the only flare that put me in the hospital was after I went back on them for 5 days to try to regulate my cycle.  My UC symptoms are directly coorelated to my hormones.  I know a lot of people do well on them, but I am NOT one of them.  I wishe you the best of luck. 

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


ediekristen
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   Posted 10/14/2008 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Steph, I have the SAME problem! I was actually going to post a topic about it the other day but for some reason didn't. Glad you said it!!

It's soooo annoying because my UC flares up worse when I'm on my period and you're right, it's like I'm changing my tampon every time I go to the bathroom. Sometimes I just push it back in but sometimes I have to change it. I go through tampons like crazy.
In the first day or two of my cycle it's not that bad because I bleed pretty heavily so usually I need to change it often anyway, but it sucks on the last few days when it's really light because it hurts trying to pull out a dry tampon!! And then for some reason it starts to get really sore in there, so I've started having to wear a pad on the last day or two :( It sucks but then it's not that heavy so it's not bad. And it makes it a heck of a lot easier to go to the bathroom.

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

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Sulfasalizine 3000mg/day, Azasan 100mg

 
 


pb4
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   Posted 10/14/2008 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
kazygirl said...
well i just had my period.. first one in over 3 years... off birth control in march to get preggers and just now finally had my period. i wanted it to come, but now that it has, i want it to go away.
the cramps from period on top of my UC cramps were just awful and i dont want to do it again.. too bad it comes every bloody month. sheesh.
and the having to go to the loo every 2 minutes and "push" out poos does not help the fact that I have a tampon in which also gets 'pushed' out. it cant be good to change a tampon everytime i go poo. what do you ladies do? push it back in? change it everytime?
i cannot and will not wear a pad. yuck...

i am almost afraid of what it will be like when i get preggers...
>.< yikes



Because of IBD I figured I had no choice but to wear a pad, I hated them too but it beats the issues with using a tampon when you have IBD, I do manage to wear a tampon at night while I'm sleeping so that's much nicer than a pad. Unfortunately as I've said many times, this DD really does affect and dictate every part of your life, from the clothes/shoes you wear to the feminine products you are forced to change to as well...it really sucks.

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


pb4
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   Posted 10/14/2008 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
For those that suffer with bad period cramps, doing sit-ups/stomach crunches and drinking chamomile tea are excellent remedies for period cramping.

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


madabs
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   Posted 10/14/2008 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Doesn't anyone else find that will all the inflammation going on in their colon and the period cramps as well, that squishing a tampon in there makes all the cramps worse. (Pads are awful, but today's variety are light years ahead of the days of the flimsy kotex that were held in place with a belt.)
UC diagnosed 10/05, first symptoms 1983
asacol 12/daily and rowasa as needed 
Trying out Culturelle Probiotic
past rx: colozal, lialda, canasa
i can't complain, but sometimes i still do.  lifes been good to me so far.  -joe walsh


pb4
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   Posted 10/14/2008 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
To be honest I find wearing a pad during my time of month as kinda a security blanket in case a wet fart or something slips out and during my monthlies my symptoms definitely are exacerbated so it definitely has it's benefits for me.

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


ediekristen
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   Posted 10/14/2008 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
pb4, I too wear a tampon at night, nothing is worse than waking up with ruined underwear and feeling all squishy :(


And I agree with you madabs, tampons make my cramps worse FOR SURE. I don't know what it is but when I'm wearing a tampon I have cramping (intestinal and menstrual) and urgency like crazy but when I take it out I feel better. Sucks.

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

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Sulfasalizine 3000mg/day, Azasan 100mg

 
 


kazygirl
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   Posted 10/14/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
i dont know if it makes the cramping worse or not as, like i said, forgot what its like since its been 3 years... and i cant stand the nastiness of pads. the feeling of dripping blood in my pants is just ick! and afraid of smell, feeling gross etc... maybe im crazy, but i just cant wear pads anymore.

seems like a catch 22 hey. another one! yay for us. NOT!
steph - 32 - female - UC since 2000
oh so close to remission... 5 days i am, 2 days not so sure, 5 days i am, 2 days....
Blood and D are gone, with only 1-2 bms a day! woot!
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
enteric coated fish oil -omega 3 (so they get all the way to my colon)
vitamin D3 x1 a day
prednisolone 25mg x1 a day (ick ick and did i say ick?) all done
tumeric capsules x3 a day
i eat what i want, when i want, and i get better every day!
 
 
 


Kiss520
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   Posted 10/14/2008 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   

Lemonhead - I didn't receive antibiotics in the hospital, so at least I can rule that out.  Thanks for the well wishes!

 

I'm so surprised to hear all these responses about missed periods and tampon issues.  Aside from extra D during my period, the spotting I'm experiencing is the first thing that's gone awry with my period since I was diagnosed.  Thanks to everyone for sharing all this info!  I feel much better about what to expect (with the exception of the nocturnal wet fart - I could do without that). nono


Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament:  Asacol 1200 MG 3X daily, Cortenama 100 ML nightly, Iron 325 MG 2X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Bentyl 20 MG as needed, Multivitamin.
Diet/Exercise:  Spinach/sunflower and low-residue.  Yoga and walking.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa.
Status:  Flare
 
 

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