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  • MerryBerryMoose
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    I use BC pills to help control the heavy bleeding and pain with my period. I noticed that when they work it helps with IC. For me the pills stopped working about a year ago and my periods are all over the place (due to a nonrelated IC condition) but when I was on Seasonale (one period every 3 months) it worked like a charm at keeping my period away and my falres at bay (rhym not intended).

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  • rosesitty
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    Jessica - I tried to use the Ortho Evra patch every week and not stop for a week. Got breakthrough bleeding, which causes worse symptomology for me. Guess my body just wants to have a period.
    Stephanie

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  • kat820
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    BC Problems

    I am on the seasonique BC pills. I am supposed to get a period only 4 times a year. But with continous birth control there is a lot of spotting which actually for me leads to flaring. I feel if I could just get a handle on the menstrual cycle I would be able to get my IC under control completely.
    So in answer to the question with continuous you breakthrough bleed a lot more than you would on a normal pill and if you skipped the sugar pills and went to the next pack I believe your body was ready to have a period and will continue the side effects even though you are still taking pills.

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  • Cahyah
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    Skipping sugar pills and period???

    has anyone goine continually on birth control pills, skipping the sugar pilsl and therefore not having a period??? if you have doneso, did you ever get some spotting and cramping??? i skipped the sugar pills and went straight into a new pack, and now i have awful headaches and cramps today and am exhausted. perhaps this was not a good idea but i get flares with my period and didnt want to deal with it.... anyoen else had this???

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  • sami4
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    Options

    As a general rule of thumb any BC pill with higher estradiol ratio to progestin seems to work best for IC. If you have a uterus you might also look into the progestin medicated IUD called Mirena which does not put the progestin into the system but only into the uterus. It will stop your periods over a period of time, is a BC method and is reversible if you want to get PG.
    I used it for fibroid bleeding as menopausal hormone therapy, then just took estrogen. It worked, bleeding quit and fibroids shrunk a little.
    Sammi

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  • floridamom
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    Yaz is another version of Yasmine, it is a 24 day pill instead of 28, supposed to shorten periods better than the original Yasmine. It is strange usually when I get my period I can be assured I will just have to deal w/ period pains, but this time around I am flaring right along with the period. That is what I hate about IC...it changes its face every day with different symptoms, etc. I am still a big believer that alot of this is cycle centered, so I will be trying it. Thanks for the reply.

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  • tesschron
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    Been there

    I too could track my flares by the period, for the last 10 years. I started with Loestrin, and then switched to Yasmin (is Yaz the new hip name?) because as a diuretic, I did not gain weight on it. This successfully limited flares to my "off" week, and then, 5 years ago, when I started Detrol in addition, resulted in no flares - that is right, no falres at all. Tried going off the Yasmin 3 years ago, and the unpredictable flares re-occurred. I do recommend this option, but as you get older, you have to consider family history and whether taking extra estrogen will lead to bigger problems than IC flares. I don't have any history of strokes, breast cancer, etc in my family so am fairly safe. As noted in another post, turning 50 this year, and it appears the Yasmin is no longer enough to control the flares. Will be seeing my urologist and gynecologist on Monday to talk hormone levels and the changes needed to balance IC back. Try it, you may like it,
    terry

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  • floridamom
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    question on taking bc pills for IC

    HI there
    I am a lurker here on these boards, but have had IC for about 3 years now, no success in any cures yet (have tried all the drugs, done the hydros, etc). I am now considering getting onto the Pill to see if that will help my IC symptoms. I find that my flareups are generally related to my menstrual cycle. I figure if I can get rid of ovulation (usually get a BAD flareup for a few days each month at that time) & then lighten my periods/cramping will perhaps lessen my IC flareups!!
    I am sure I am not the only one on here who has considered this...has anyone actually TRIED it & if so, what kind of side effects/success have you seen? Also what kind of BC pill did you use? My OB has me taking YAZ (will start my first pill tonite)...WOULD love feedback ASAP to help in my decision if I swallow it or not tonite, lol.
    THanks much
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