Birth Control Follow Up! - Depo

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sirenshooter
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   Posted 8/26/2009 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I got my Depo shot yesterday and today I finally quit the Sprintec. I hadn't gone poo in a few days; the inflammation had come back and when I did go a tiny amount, it was all very skinny. But today I had a nearly normal BM! It was exciting! lol. I'll let everyone know again in five days or so when the shot really kicks in, but I think at least going off the Sprintec helped. I know there have been some more birth control questions so that's why I'll add an update. =)
 
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I don't know if anyone cares.
 
"POPs are not dependent upon gut bacterial flora for their absorption and so are not affected by courses of antibiotics."
 
I'm mostly concerned with the first part. First off, I didn't know the shot didn't have estrogen in it, and that they had pills without estrogen. And the thing I copypasted implies to me that since these POPs aren't dependent on the gut flora, maybe they will cause less problems with my colitis. So I plan on asking about those before an IUD.
 
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19yr old female diagnosed with UC (pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine 1xday / 1 Mesalamine enema every night /
2000mg Fish Oil 1xday / 500mg Turmeric 3xday /
450mg Boswellia 2xday / 400IU Vitamin E 1xday
Arthritis in both knees
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Reynaud's Syndrome

Post Edited (ElephantPipe) : 9/1/2009 1:44:07 PM (GMT-6)


flufumps
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   Posted 8/27/2009 3:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I see you are on Azathioprine, can you have an IUD with that because i read in the booklet it makes it less effective, or is that just the copper ones? I'm sort of stuck at the minute you see as with my thrombophillia i can't take any hormonal contraception which only leaves a copper coil which according to the Azathioprine leaflet wouldn't work properly anyway!
Symptoms started Aug 08
Diagnosed with pancolitis Feb 09
Tried - Mezavant, Asacol, Pentasa - Reacted badly to all
Currently taking prednisolone and now trying Azathioprine


Boxermom2
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   Posted 8/27/2009 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
A month ago I went for my annual with the GYN. I was on prednisone at the time and my blood pressure was 148/115. She refused to refill my birth control pills. I have been taking them for 18 years. I started on blood pressure meds and she gave me a prescription for POP (mini pill). The pressure meds got my numbers down but as soon as I started on the new birth control it started to shoot up again. I also read that if you are on steroids or have diarrhea the pill isn't absorbed and isn't effect. That is my life story so I didn't take them any more. I have been on the pill so long I don't really know what to do about birth control. Afraid of getting pregnant while so sick with flare.
 
39 yrs old ( diagnosed UC 2002)
Ankylosing Spondylitis (diagnosed 1990)
Asthma/Allergies
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Asacol 12 daily
Zoloft 50mg
Multivitamin
Flaxseed Oil capsules
Rowasa
Remicade
Boniva (Osteopenia spine)
Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5mg (hypertension)
Prednisone 40mg
 
 


sirenshooter
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   Posted 8/27/2009 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
fluflumps, I have no idea! I don't see how it would make the copper ones less effective. But I don't know.

Boxermom2, I don't have diarrhea at the moment, and I'm actually looking at the shot. Would the shot be an option for you? Or you could look into the copper IUD. I hear it works very well and doesn't have any hormones. If none of that sounds good, fruitgirl told me about a book called "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" that you might look into.
19yr old female diagnosed with UC (pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine 1xday / 1 Mesalamine enema every night /
2000mg Fish Oil 1xday / 500mg Turmeric 3xday /
450mg Boswellia 2xday / 400IU Vitamin E 1xday
Arthritis in both knees
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Reynaud's Syndrome


fruitgirl
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   Posted 8/27/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, fruitgirl and lover of TCOYF chiming in! If you've got bad diarrhea right now, I actually WOLDN'T recommend you use charting (the method described in the book) to track your fertility, because you MUST take your waking temperature each morning for the charting to be accurate. If you're up and down pooping all night, your waking temperature will likely be wonky, and charting will be tough. Also, if you're flaring, it's quite possible you're running a slight fever. To do charting as accurately as you can, you track your waking temperatire, cervical fluid, and cervical position (yes, to check the position you've got to stick your finger "up there").
Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently meds: Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (currently tapering; 12.5 mg).


jujub
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   Posted 8/27/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Ladies, diaphragms are just as effective as the pill when used properly. Not quite as easy or spontaneous, but they do work.
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fruitgirl
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   Posted 8/27/2009 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
teehee at the "not quite as easy or spontaneous," as I'm the result of a diaphragm not getting put in. Or, as my dad likes to put it, the result of a "midnight sneak attack!"
(my sister is only 18 months older than I am)

And, so are condoms. :)
Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently meds: Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (currently tapering; 12.5 mg).


Boxermom2
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   Posted 8/27/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Looked into the Mirena birth control that is inserted.  I know two people who got pregnant on it.  Not sure what to do.  May wait until I start to feel better and try the Nora-B (POP) again. 
 
39 yrs old ( diagnosed UC 2002)
Ankylosing Spondylitis (diagnosed 1990)
Asthma/Allergies
-----------------------------------
Asacol 12 daily
Zoloft 50mg
Multivitamin
Flaxseed Oil capsules
Rowasa
Remicade
Boniva (Osteopenia spine)
Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5mg (hypertension)
Prednisone 40mg
 
 


sirenshooter
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   Posted 8/27/2009 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
The Mirena is the one with hormones, the copper one has none. The copper one is called Paragard.

Also I don't know what's up with my current birth control pamphlet, but it says people get pregnant on condoms 14% or the time. I know it's like a pool of 100 women or something. But they must be couting the times they forget to use them too! lol
19yr old female diagnosed with UC (pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine 1xday / 1 Mesalamine enema every night /
2000mg Fish Oil 1xday / 500mg Turmeric 3xday /
450mg Boswellia 2xday / 400IU Vitamin E 1xday
Arthritis in both knees
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Reynaud's Syndrome


Malkavian
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   Posted 8/27/2009 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
ElephantPipe: They use ALL people who were in the study for those numbers, not just the ones who use it properly or even every time. When used properly condoms are like 97% effective, oral contraceptives are around 99, and IUDs are about as effective as getting your tubes tied. =)

Also, be VERY careful with the minipills as there's a very short window in which you have to take them each day before using backup (it's much smaller than normal oral contraceptives, you effectively have less than an hour) so I don't recommend them unless you run like clockwork.

I don't use a diaphraigm because it's so darn hard to plan, condoms are so much easier.
22, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009, symptoms for 2 years beforehand
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently taking Asacol (1200 mg 3x/day), Rowasa and Calcium/D supplements


Boxermom2
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   Posted 8/27/2009 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
This is the topper for me. I have a latex allergy so i would be allergic to the condom. If I didn't have bad luck I would have none.
 
39 yrs old ( diagnosed UC 2002)
Ankylosing Spondylitis (diagnosed 1990)
Asthma/Allergies
-----------------------------------
Asacol 12 daily
Zoloft 50mg
Multivitamin
Flaxseed Oil capsules
Rowasa
Remicade
Boniva (Osteopenia spine)
Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5mg (hypertension)
Prednisone 40mg
 
 


sirenshooter
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   Posted 8/27/2009 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Malkavian, even on my combined pill the alarm on my phone is set for 7:00 every morning and I take it faithfully. Haven't missed one yet. =)

Boxermom2, I would definitely look into the Paragard.
19yr old female diagnosed with UC (pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine 1xday / 1 Mesalamine enema every night /
2000mg Fish Oil 1xday / 500mg Turmeric 3xday /
450mg Boswellia 2xday / 400IU Vitamin E 1xday
Arthritis in both knees
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Reynaud's Syndrome


sirenshooter
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   Posted 9/1/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
bump
19yr old female diagnosed with UC (pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine 1xday / 1 Mesalamine enema every night /
2000mg Fish Oil 1xday / 500mg Turmeric 3xday /
450mg Boswellia 2xday / 400IU Vitamin E 1xday
Arthritis in both knees
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Reynaud's Syndrome


Red_34
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   Posted 9/1/2009 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter got the Depo today and her doc told her to take at least 1300mgs of Calcium with Vitamin d a day to prevent bone loss that the injection can cause. I looked it up online and everything says the same thing. So if you can tolerate calcium, don't forget to take some.
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sirenshooter
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   Posted 9/1/2009 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah I read that, I might add some here soon. I'll see how things are in five days, if they're bad, I'll think about an IUD, if they're good, I'll go ahead and add that stuff. Thanks.
19yr old female diagnosed with UC (pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine 1xday / 1 Mesalamine enema every night /
2000mg Fish Oil 1xday / 500mg Turmeric 3xday /
450mg Boswellia 2xday / 400IU Vitamin E 1xday
Arthritis in both knees
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Reynaud's Syndrome

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