Birth Control Pill?

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TPT
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   Posted 8/28/2009 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
My symptoms seem to get worse with my hormonal cycle, I wonder if the pill would even out the hormones. Anyone know?

TPT

kc70
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   Posted 8/28/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm on the pill. Still get nasties around period time. It seems likely that I will go off the pill soon and get an IUD. That seems like a good alternative for a lot of women, with and without IBD.
39 year old woman
Diagnosed October 2008

location: Vancouver, BC

Current meds: 35 mg Prednisone (tapering... again!), 150 mg Imuran, Tramacet as needed for pain. First Remicade infusion April 6/09.

Failed meds: Asacol, Pentasa


fruitgirl
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   Posted 8/28/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm on the pill and don't notice any blips around my period. I went on the pill when I was about 18, because my mom had ovarian cancer at 30 and many studies have shown that women who take the pill have a lower incidence of ovarian cancer than those who do not. I went off the pill about 6 months before my husband and I started TTC (trying to conceive) our first child. My symptoms of UC started about 4 weeks after the birth of our son. I breastfed him until he was about 8-9 weeks old and had to stop because my supply dropped so low. At that point, I went back on the pill, but I hadn't really had a period yet at that point.

So, I can't really say if the pill makes things better or not UC-wise. Before I went on the pill, though, I'd often have diarrhea in the days leading up to my period. I don't think it had anything to do with UC, but I do think it was hormone-related.
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).


basa0806
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   Posted 8/28/2009 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
A lot of people are against BC, I'm not though! I have having really bad cramps and d around my period and it was getting to the point where it was so ridiculous that I had to do something. My primary doctor put me on ortho lo and it really did help me. I still got some loose d but it was nowhere near what it was and I've been on the pill since (about 5ish years?)
Sam(antha)
20 year old college student diagnosed with UC in March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006-->THREE YEARS!!!!!
Meds: 3 750mg Colazal 2x daily, 25mg Amitriptyline, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD, ortho lo
Seasonal allergies, very mild asthma (albuterol when needed), allergic to sulfa
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change"
Charles Darwin


sirenshooter
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   Posted 8/28/2009 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
When I started on it I think it might've helped.
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


TPT
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   Posted 8/28/2009 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow! This is some good info, thanks for the input.

sirenshooter
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   Posted 8/28/2009 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
If you notice very slow gradual worsening of your symptoms it might be the birth control... I recently found out that the combined pills rely on your gut flora to be absorbed... I think mine is bothering me. Just warning you. But don't let me scare you!! Most people are fine =) I would give it a shot if it's really bothering you
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


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 8/28/2009 11:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I think taking the pill may have made my UC worse. I always felt like my body was unbalanced since taking the pill.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
Horrible relapse: August 08 - December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
Canasa nightly + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
 


Sweetie31105
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   Posted 8/29/2009 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
My doc said that I could take the bc pill for 3 months straight and not have a period as often. She thinks that would help with UC.
27 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007

Taking Humira since of May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007with minor yearly flares)
Put on Imuran from May 2007 to Jan, 15 2009
Put on Canasa June 25, 2009, off Canasa on June 30th 2009.
*Can't take Asacol, Allergic to Remicade, odd reactions to Canasa went backwards a bit.
*Started minor flare in mid June 2009 but VERY minor. :( Ended Aug. 21, 2009. :D


Blue220
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Total Posts : 191
   Posted 8/31/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on the pill since I was 16, so it's been 6 years.

I always felt a lot worse around that time....but since having UC it get's a lot worse. I go into a mini flare almost every time and it makes me so angry. =[
22 years old

Diagnosed with moderate/severe UC June 2007, I've had it since December 2006.

Haven't been on here in a while (finally graduated college).
Update as of 5/26/09 - Now taking Imuran 100mg/day.
2 Lialda/day.
Vitamins - Caltrate+D, iron, A, B12,
Flintstone Complete+iron, and aloe vera pills/juice.
At least I'm off the Entocort. =]


Jen O
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 136
   Posted 8/31/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I use the Nuvaring for birth control. I had my annual exam a few months ago and told my OB / GYN that I had more UC symptoms when the ring was "out". She told me that I could leave it in for 4 weeks instead of 3, take it out and put a new one right back in so I didn't get a period. She told me that I could go as few as 3 periods a year using that method.

FYI I have followed those instructions and it's been GREAT! :)

Jen
Age 35, Diagnosed with UC September 2008
Current Meds:
Azathioprine 100 mgs, Apriso 4 tabs
Biotin 5 mg
Vitamin D 2,000 IU per day
Calcium 1500 mg per day
Flaxseed Oil 3000 mg per day
Multivitamin
Rite Aid Probiotic
Also tried: Remicade, Asacol, Rowasa, Cantasa, Prednisone 2 times for about 3 months each


fruitgirl
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   Posted 8/31/2009 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
And to follow up on what Jen said, you can do something like what she's doing with NuvaRing with the pilll...just skip over the "sugar pills" you take the week you're on your period, and start a new pack of pills instead. It's basically the same thing as taking Seasonale or one of the other "limited number of periods/year" pills. You'll of course have to get your doc to ok it so your RX is written for enough refills each year.
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).


Malkavian
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   Posted 8/31/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure. Though I must say, it helps a lot with OTHER stuff.
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

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