Um, pb4, where did I say it would keep me from getting ovarian cancer? I only stated that it decreases the risk and as I have a strong family history of ovarian cancer, it makes sense to do anything I can to decrease that risk, especially because ovarian cancer is one of the hardest cancers to detect. That's why it kills such a high percentage of women who get it. My mom was extremely lucky.
"Of the women with ovarian cancer, 31% had taken the pill at some point in their lives, compared to 37% of the women who did not have ovarian cancer. The longer women used the pill, the lower their ovarian cancer risk. Taking the pill for 15 years or more cut a woman's risk of ovarian cancer by 58%; 10-14 years of pill use cut risk by 44%; and 5-9 years of use cut risk by 36%. But even women who used the pill for only 1-4 years saw a benefit; their risk was cut by 22%. "
(pulled from this article)
And I do realize that BCPs can increase the risk of cervical and breast cancer, but I have no family history of either of those, and both are much easier to detect than ovarian cancer.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly,
40mg 30mg 20mg 15mg 10mg 10mg of Prednisone every other day, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).