Women's Issues, Birth Control

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GatorGirl
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   Posted 10/16/2008 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I've been a lurker since my diagnosis around this time last year. I'm 29, had suffered from IBS for years and years, and now UC. Here is a quick intro, which will get to my question :)

I went off birth control pills so we can try for our second child. Right after that is when I first started having symptoms - all the blood and mucus anyone could have asked for. Had the colonoscopy and was diagnosed with UC. My flare-up was somewhat controlled with Colazal and Rowasa. Then I got pregnant and everything disappeared. It was wonderful. My docs said that it is not surprising, as it being an auto-immune issue, the pregnancy kept it away. I did continue to take the Colazal. My son was born in June, and as soon as I stopped breastfeeding, major flare-up. It has been going on ever since.

So here is my thoughts. Because of the perfection while I was pregnant, I'm beginning to wonder if I went back on the birth control pills, would things get better? Since being on them tricks your body as if it was pregnant, would it have the same effect? Has anyone had that happen? And since I didn't even have my first flare-up until I went OFF the pills, I'm wondering if it could be related.

Thank you to anyone reading. I feel for all of you, as I know you feel the same for others too. Unlike my in-laws that think they have the exact same thing I do just because they have IBS every once in a while. Even after seeing pictures of my colon they think it's nothing. Oh well, I know there is a ton of support here, and I thank you for that for this past year and in the future.

Thanks for any insight!!
Jackie

pb4
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   Posted 10/16/2008 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately it doesn't necessarily work that way...BC pills can add to bacterial over-growth which is why many women develop re-occuring yeast infections while taking BC pills...be sure you are taking a good probiotic daily and indefinitely flaring or not as that can help with symptoms especially on BC pills but even if not on them it's an excellent idea to get on a good probiotic.

:)
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GatorGirl
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   Posted 10/16/2008 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! I am in the process of finding a probiotic that works well. I was taking Align for 2 months, no difference. So now I'm trying the Digestive Advantage.

As for yeast infections, I have been on the pill since I was 16 due to heavy periods, and I have never had a yeast infection in my life. Hopefully if I choose to go that route it will stay that way!!

pb4
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   Posted 10/16/2008 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Ya hopefully it will stay that way, yeast infections are awful...if no luck with the digestive advantage (which you should read the label to make sure it doesn't contain a bunch of un-necessary junk like additives, sugars, dyes ect) try Primadophilus Rueteri made by natures way, I've been having success with it for my crohn's, IBS and severe lactose intolerance...it's guaranteed intestinal release and priced well, only one/day is needed.

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


WishfulMA
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   Posted 10/16/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   

I feel for you and know what you are going through. I am trying to get pregnant right now and had my 1st MAJOR flare up after a miscarriage in January. Since then I was hospitalized and been in and out of flares. I also just had another miscarriage. I am not giving up just yet as we are doing a FET (frozen embryo cycle w/ IVF) next month. But I am steriod dependent and my GI says that I need to go on the higher class of meds to stop the bleeding (6-MP or remicade). As you can see from my siggy...I am doing rectal and oral meds.

I think it wouldn't hurt to go back on the pill. I would also get on a probiotic. I did VSL#3 and now I am taking Primal Defense Ultra. I also would take some fish oil. You should def. at least be trying some rectal meds.

I am just sick and tired of BLEEDING!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy to hear though your symptoms went away when you were pregnant. I am praying for that. And for a baby :)


ulcerative proctitis - march 05 diagnosed
current status - trying to see what works - still bleeding!!!!!
hospitalized - 3/08 for 6 days of IV steriods
colazal - 9 pills  asacol - 12 pills, canasa 2x per day, nightly hydrocortisone enemas
VSL#3 Primal Defense Ultra Probiotic (2x per day)
fish oil, flaxseed oil, calcium w/ vitamin d 2x a day, prenatal vitamin plus extra vitamin c and b12 complex
 
 


thatfield
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   Posted 10/16/2008 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I stopped taking my birth control when I was put on all the medications for UC. I was worried about taking some many pills and messing up my natural body chemicals...however my first flare happened right after giving birth to my daughter in 2006. I was 31 at that time. Looking back I think I had some very minor symptoms on and off for a few years before that but I alway just thought it had to do with stress...and they never lasted very long and never were severe until that real flare up. I think there is a link with females between pregancy, hormones and UC just not sure what it is...
Dx 2006 right after the birth of my daughter
Lialda varies 2-4 pills a day
Canasa
Probotics


pb4
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   Posted 10/17/2008 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
There can be a link (as a trigger possibly) because hormones are definitely linked to exacerbating IBD symptoms...

The way my CD came about...in my early teens (around 15-16 yrs old) after I went on BC pills is when my perianal crohn's skin tags appeared, of course that was my only symptoms and every doc that saw them convinced me they were nothing more than hemheroides (hind sight is 20/20...anyways no internal CD symptoms of any kind, just a normal one poop/day with total bowel control (if I had to hold it, it was never an issue and the urge would disappear within seconds and I could go hours before the urge came back again and I could still control it totally)...moving along...

Just after the birth of my first child (I was 22 when I got pregnant and 23 when I had her) I was under a lot of emotional stress (which I won't go into detail but it was mentally devistating for a long period of time right up to the point where my CD finally became severely active with the skin tags and quickly internally as well), my daughter was a yr and a half old when CD hit me like a ton of bricks, had I been seen by a good colon and rectom surgeon instead of the idiot they sent me to whom also convinced me that I had nothing more than hemmies going on and banded them, then things may have turned out a little different in that respect at least....see when I was a teen they would come and go on their own (these perianal crohn's skin tags and as I stated I had absolutely no other CD symptoms at that time)...but just before the Dr. banded them I told her I was having bowel movement frequency and mild issues of total bowel control, she snuffed it off as my "hemmies" just aggravating things and no big deal---WRONG---it was the beginning of my CD affecting me internally. Been sick for 17 yrs straight ever since, no full remission and I've been told by specialists along the way that a big reason why is because of my perianal crohn's skin tags always being in a constant flare because they were banded during a flare when instead I should have been properly DX and given cortifoam to shrink them back down because my disease finally entered an active stage and they were likely not going to shrink back down on their own again like they did when I was a teen.

That's some rough crap eh...the pain in/on my anus from those tags just before and even after that stupid hemmie surgery put me in a place where I had to fill the tub with water many times a day for about a yr, just to have a BM in the tub because the pain was excruciating.

This is a sickening disease on every level...and yes, pregnancy and monthly hormones are definitely linked to it as I found out the hard way and as I've been told by many specialists and even GP's since my ordeal.

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

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