Birth control question...

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Birth control question...
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Wed, 05-20-2009 - 9:04pm
i had my second post baby AF about a week and half ago after 4 days of heaving bleeding *think a pad an hour* i ended up at the GYNO after running some tests*not pregnant not having a miscarriage no cysts* she suggested it's probably hormonal... she suggested the minipill *dd is still nursing* after much struggle we decided i should take the pill to try to straighten things out and hopefully at the end of this i'll end up pregnant ..i've had trouble getting pg both times... now my concern is abstaining during ovulation.. it's not possible in our case as i dont ovulate normally and we know from past blood testing and tracking i only ovulate 2-3 times a year AF is all over the place... does everyone else consider this to b e a medical need? also during this time my thyroid doctor called and said that it's off again ... found out i was hypo at the start of pregnancy was able to maintain levels while pregnant then i went hyper and now back to hypo... so i'm wondering if this maybe has to do with the bleeding issue.




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Thu, 05-21-2009 - 1:35am

I don't have an answer to your question about the pill. Either someone else on the board can point you in the direction of what the church teaches on the medical use of the pill for your situation. You can also do one of a few things - talk to your priest about it, seek out the advice of a Catholic GYN practitioner for their take on it, or scour the internet for info on it. I wish I could be of more help for you on that. I had my boys when I was 17 & 18, and went on birth control for a couple years because I just didn't trust myself to follow NFP correctly. I wish I hadn't taken it now, because I really think it messed up my cycle.

As for your thyroid, it's entirely possible that your fertility issues are either caused by or made worse by your thyroid issues. That little bugger can stir up a whole hornets nest of trouble sometimes. My aunt had a heavy cycle like you described, and attempted several treatments to curb the heavy flow. If I recall correctly she had a D&C, which didn't help. She had a procedure that attempted to slightly cauterize her uterus by flushing with hot water. (Sorry, but I don't remember the exact terms of it, it was quite a while ago and I now have preggo-brain). She later had some tests run and found half her thyroid was in really bad condition and had that half removed. She said that she has had fewer pains elsewhere in her body since then, but I haven't talked to her about her cycle and any changes it may have had on that aspect.

I hope someone else on the board can lend more appropriate insight into your question. You deserve a much better answer than I have given you. Best of luck on this. I know it's not easy to live with such issues.

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Thu, 05-21-2009 - 8:29am

How long does the doc plan on you being on the minipill?? It's the least effective at preventing ovulation so it's more likely to be a moral issue...

Renee


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Thu, 05-21-2009 - 8:40am

Renee


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Thu, 05-21-2009 - 9:53am
she's planning on me being on it till november when i have my next appt.. .dh and i were talking about doing it for like two months then trying to come off and see if it helps... i have another thyroid check in august so maybe that'll fix the issue




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Thu, 05-21-2009 - 10:48am
can you get your thyroid appt moved earlier???

Renee


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Thu, 05-21-2009 - 11:11am

I think you're the best judge of if it is medically necessary, because you know your history. Just make sure you ask a lot of questions. In particular, ask both doctors about the connection to your thyroid. I think we sometimes assume that doctors know and understand the whole picture, but they really are specialists, and once you move outside their specialty, you're often in no-man's land. (I once had a GI problem when I was pregnant (unrelated to the pregnancy), and I was surprised that my gyn couldn't tell me what I could eat.)


Also, if your gyn isn't aware of your faith and how it impacts your beliefs about fertility and birth control, now is a good time to discuss it. Some gyns prescribe birth control almost as a default, assuming that you have no objections. Asking "Is this my only option?" is always a good idea.


Even once you are sure it is medically necessary, I'd ask how soon you can get off -- not because of any moral issues, but because you want another child, and you probably want to avoid long-term pill use that may make pregnancy more difficult.


Good luck.


Polly

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Thu, 05-21-2009 - 11:12am
i just talked to the thyroid doctor and he says he doesn't think the issues are related whewwwwwwww




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Thu, 05-21-2009 - 5:56pm

I don't think there is any other option in controlling your flow that wouldn't hinder a future pregnancy. I know someone who is going to have her Uterus scraped or something. I went on BCP a few months ago for a couple of reasons. To try and mellow out my hormones and my flow. My Dr gave me the impression that it may only take a few months to kick your body into gear.... so we shall see!!

I was also going to suggest if the changing of the pad so often is an issue, you could try a Diva Cup. http://www.divacup.com/ I had to to that way b/c I had to change a tampon every 2 hours. I still have to 'dump' the cup every 4ish hours the first day, but it is well worth it!




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Thu, 05-21-2009 - 10:47pm
You have gotten some excellent responses already.


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Mon, 05-25-2009 - 4:38am

Ahem!! Yeah. . . So true! ITA. . . That's why I never understood why the SPECIALISTS are paid the most, while primary care physicians---like Family Practice doctors and Emergency Medicine doctors like my husband---are paid the least, when they have to know all about everything!! LOL!




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