Birth Control Pills and Ulcerative Colitis connection?

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/12/2009 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm new to the forum, but not UC.  I was diagnosised in 2002.  Rowasa Enemas were used every year to year and half because I hardly any flare-ups.  I realized, from reading so much research, that this disease is all trail and error. I stay away from coffee, leafy greens and fake sugars.  
My flare-ups have been at their worst since May 2008.  I am now taking Lialda (4 pills a day) along with a folic acid vitamin.  I have chronic sinus infections and try my best to do without antibiotics.  Sometimes, I have no choice but to take antibiotics which always leads to flare up that does not disppear until I use Rowasa for a month's time (really annoying)  Over the summer, I didn't respond to Rowasa for the first time in 6 years.  I became anemic and lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks.  In hindsight, I probably should have been hospitalized because I was trying to do ordinary things like walk to the car....and needed to lay down to rest. My dr was on vacation, so I saw his partner.  He gave me steroids and my symptoms improved, but didnt totally go away.  Mucous seems to be always present.  How do I get rid of that????
I started using Birth Control Pills in April 2008.  I am wondering if you think there is a connection between BC and UC???  I really hope not.
I'm actually starting Rowasa again tonight and hoping in a month, I'm improved.....

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 1/13/2009 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
My firend, a recently graduated Physicians Assistant told me there is a known connection bet the 2. Now, I don't know what that info is worth, though she mentioned learning that UC can flare when birth control is stopped.

Anyone else?
Dx: Dec. 2006 with UC
F, 23, NYC
Thank G-d - Prednisone then 6MP, Rowasa and Asacol brought remission
Now Asacol 4tabs 2x a day.
Reduced to 2tabs 2x a day. Soon had a very mild flare. Upped to 6 tabs 2x a day. Rowasa enemas nightly. Soon replacing that with Cortifoam (generic). Dr. says it's like shooting a mouse with an elephant gun....
Muiltivitamin, Iron and Folic Acid supplements

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 1/13/2009 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I know we don't have a good search tool. But can we please try to use older posts instead of creating new ones when possible so that we don't have to repeat everything?

See "Birth Control Pills and Ulcerative Colitis connection" posted by jennfiernyc on January 12, 2009 9:07 PM (GMT -7). Thanks.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting

Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06
Currently in remission


Lexapro (for stress)
Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose

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