Personal question for the women on here

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  1. bonneb

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    Kim, what you are describing is not "normal." Or at least, not acceptable when there are options out there to improve the quality of your life. Keep looking for answers. Good luck!
     
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    :yeahthat:
     
  3. bonneb

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    There are b.c. pills that are super low dose, with lower risks, which help women get things under control. I have friends who have taken them into their 50s. Of course, their weight is healthy, cholesterol healthy, and NEVER SMOKE IF YOU TAKE bc PILLS! Anyway, . . . low doses of hormones might help get things regulated for you for a while.

    I don't know anybody's age on here, but perimenopause can hit as young as 35 and last 10 years - THAT is the worst. If you are on a low dose pill, you can avoid a lot of that for a while. Often, heavy bleeding is a sign you are entering perimenopause. Wanting to kill someone is another sign. ha!

    Kim, go for it! I never heard of an ablation, but sounds like something to definitely look into.
     
  4. DallasTeacher

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    Nonsense! Sounds like a jerk of a physician and something I wouldn't expect to hear. Change physicians if you get the same response.

    Well I'm definitely older than 35 since I hit 55 last March. I'm on Ortho Evra-the patch. It's the best, nothing to remember on a daily basis. I never have suffered with mood swings so I can't answer to that.
     
  5. bonneb

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    Just a note to all - I have been going through a lot of hormonal issues, so though I haven't experienced some of the physical things mentioned, I have experienced working with doctors that either don't know what they are doing, are too overworked to deal with me as an individual, or simply don't have the expertise I need.

    I did not give up but kept pursuing getting answers for my problems. Soooooo glad I did. I am now working with 3 docs and I think they have the answers for me. It should all come together in the next few weeks - remember, I am isolated so a lot of my searching has been through mail and by phone, so it takes a bit of time.

    Do not give up! I know my doctors whom I love and have been with for years truly care, but in the last couple of years have become so overworked that they are not giving the care they used to. So I have had to be my own advocate. You just have to be a little pushy, write down your questions, and ask for referrals if you feel you need a specialist. Anemia from menstrual over-bleeding is not good and needs to be fixed, aside from all the other issues.

    Let us know how it goes.
     
  6. DallasTeacher

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    There are also risks during an unplanned pregnancy for "older" women, such as blood clots, strokes, genetic disorders, stillbirths, and the list goes on and on. I'd much rather use a simple patch and not worry about possible life/family altering decisions.

    Life itself has risks. It is our personal duty to decide which risks we want to take on.
     
  7. Dzenna

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    Birth control pills= High blood pressure
    Cervical sponge (anyone remember those) = Pregnancy
    Diaphram= Pregnancy (must have been my short arms)
    IUD= Pregnancy
    Tubal ligation sixteen years ago! (Still holding my breath)


    I've never heard of an ablation either. I'll be asking my MD about that on my next visit.
     
  8. bonneb

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    Dzenna - are these things that happened to you personally, or just general observations?
     
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    It happend to me. I told my OB I would go on the talk show circuit if I got pregnant after the tubal ligation! :lol:
     
  10. bonneb

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    Wow! You are blessed girl! You should be fine with the tubal. I actually never heard of anyone getting pg after that, but hey, Mother Nature is a pretty vital force to contend with!
     
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    I was on the Depo-Provera shot for 10 years!!!!!! I started it after I had my daughter (I was 18 and scared so I got on it right in the hospital the day after delivery). It worked so well for me especially since I didn't have periods but as I got older, I knew that i was on it way too long! I would ask my doctor should I get off it and she would brush it off and say I was fine, no real reason to stop taking it. ( I had no side effects, that I know of).
    But I made a personal decision to get off it and started taking the pill. The pill definately didn't work for me because I would forget to take it or fall asleep before taking it at bedtime. And I just hated chewing the pill everyday so I stopped.
    I tried the Patch for about 3 months and didn't like it. I got tired of scratching that area and it got dirty after a while. I didn't like the fact of someone possibly being able to see it ( I wore it on my upper back/shoulder area) and if I was getting dressed some mornings, my youngest daughter would see it and ask me "Mommy, why are you wearing a band-aid??" So needless to say, I stopped it.
    Now I am on the Nuvaring and it seems to be okay. I don't feel it, no known side effects and it seems to be effective. I'm just worried about possible yeast infections being that something foreign is in "there". I will have my radars up but for now it works for me.
     
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    I've tried the patch, and I loved it - very easy to use, not very expensive, didn't make me hungry all the time like the pill....but then I went off it and dropped 20 pounds!! I gained more weight on that patch then I realized! Eeek!

    I tried the Nuva Ring and hated it. I don't know of I was inserting it wrong or what, but I could always feel it.

    I like the pill best (not on one now, single). It's a pain to remember sometimes, but the one I was on last had zero side effects for me.
     
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    I don't much care for taking even Tylenol, so I just can't do birth control. I did try it, but it was horrible. I can still smell and taste the pill and, truly, my stomach turns at the thought.
     
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    In HS I was on Ortho Tri Cyclen to control my severe cramps. In college, I went on the generic. I went off of it because I was in a car accident that required me to take a medication that caused BC not to work (so why pay for it?). I had no problems with either.
    After a few years off, I stopped having periods. Turns out I have polycycstic ovarian syndrome.
    So, I was given Provera to force me to have a period (and it also made me psycho- look back to my posts from a few weeks ago for evidence :) ).
    I was given Yaz to take once I had my period. I have been on it for 2 full weeks now. I am back to being normal on an emotional front (of course, that is likely more due to the fact that I am done with the Provera). I have had no side effects so far.
    I am still on my period (day 18- with cramps every day, too! I am sooo sick of it), but that is due to the Provera.
    My doctor seemed to be a big fan of Yaz.
     
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    I'm glad it's better for you, etcetera-bc is SO personal. What works for one person doesn't for another. And something can work for you for a while and then stop working-I was on the pill in college, and then it started making me nauseous, so I had to switch. Bodies are so sensitive!
     
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    You are soooo right! I went thru so many BC pills until I found the right thing for me. I am so glad I finally did! :)
     
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    I take Seasonale. For the most part, I love it. I only get four real periods a year. I say "real periods" because if I skip even one pill I get heavy spotting. Its kind of irritating, but it also helps me to keep taking it regularly. I currently don't take it not to get pregnant, but for health reasons. If I was avoiding getting pregnant, I probably would have my boyfriend use protection too, or change my pill. If I did get pregnant on the pill, I wouldn't be expecting a period for a while, and that could cause problems.

    Hopefully that wasn't too much information! haha :)
     
  18. tb71

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    I had been on the pill for quite a while b/f I had my first child, so periods were just an inconvenience, very light, pain free, no noticeable weight gain etc. After the girls, major back pain, headaches they go from light to heavy and back again and the last one didn't completely finish for 2 wks. Back pain bad enough that I have laid on my office floor to try to help relieve it--good thing I am a one person office. I recently thought it was perimenopause but didn't find very much to support it. I've been seeing the same gyno for 9 yrs--if she doesn't have some answers this time--I'll be switching.

    One more thing does anyone elses cycle decrease...I used to have 28 days, now it's 24--normal???
     
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    I am not saying that the pill should be off limits for all. It is toatally a personal choice that each woman needs to make. For me, the risks were not worth it ( I know of 2 people who have had serious side effects one being a stroke).
     
  20. Crzy_ArtTeacher

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    I used to take the generic of ortho tri-cyclin for around eight years. I'm not at the point that I don't want to medicate myself with pills if I don't really need to. BC ruined my libido and it reeked havoc with my relationships. It did help with my periods and made them shorter and lighter but in the end for me I didn't like how it changed my moods, etc... and I figured that whatever happens now I'm happy. I'm at the point in my life where I don't need BC. Which is a wonderfully amazing feeling.
     
  21. bonneb

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    tb71 - yes, what you are describing could be perimenopause. Has your doctor checked your hormone levels?

    Just FYI for everyone, something I just learned that could have been very scary for me. My NP said my estrogen was low, so she prescribed bioidentical estrogen in liquid form to rub on my skin each day. I happened to feel uneasy, so after a month of this I got a second opinion from an actual gyn in Seattle, who told me she totally disagreed with what my NP had prescribed. Her words "I would never give estrogen to a patient who still has a uterus. It is just too dangerous. Studies show it increases the risk of all kinds of cancer."

    Just for everyone to keep in mind. (Don't think this has anything to do with being on the pill, since I am sure this gynie prescribes b.c. pills. She is talking about estrogen therapy for perimenopausal women who have not had a hysterectomy.)
     
  22. caslan

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    I think I've been on almost everything :)

    Couldn't remember to take the pill..
    Gained 20 pounds in 3 doses of Depo shot... (other than that, I loved it)
    Tried the patch, just didn't like having something on me all the time
    Nuva-ring (I could feel it... dr said maybe a bit of uterine prolapse due to 3 kids...)
    Currently using Paragard IUD (non-hormonal) and LOVE LOVE it! The only down-side for me is that I cramp a little worse than I used to, and I have 3 really, really heavy days... but my periods only last about 5 days anyway.
     

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