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    Hola!

    I'm 7teen, and I am hopefully going on birth control because of my insanely heavy periods. I was wondering if those who have been on birth control or those who are currently on birth control can tell me how their IC has reacted to it. I don't want to start taking a pill and then have my IC flare because of it! Thank you all so much!

    Gina Marie.
    Diagnosed;
    IC; Early November 2008, age 15 by hydro/cysto
    IBS; May 2010

    Current Treatments;
    Elmiron - 2 pills twice a day, started on 8/11/09.
    Cystoprotek - when I remember, not usual.


    she's seventeen and a beauty queen <3

  • #2
    My IC got much better when I went back on my Necon 1/35. My IC actually started the second cycle off pill and was incredibly bad until I went back on it. Unfortunately going back on the pill didn't fix the IC, but it did get better.
    I have heard though that it's a very individual thing & that some women get better on hormone therapy or birth control & others get worse. Stanford University did a study & no identifiable pattern turned up.
    I wish I had a better answer for you...
    Kadi

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    Current treatments:
    -IC diet
    -Elavil 50mg at night
    -Continuous use birth control pills (4-5 periods/year)
    -Heparin/Marcaine/Sodium Bicarb home instills at night 3-4x per week, more often if needed
    -Pyridium if needed,
    -Pain medicine at bedtime daily, as needed during the day several times per week
    -Antibiotic when doing an instillation to prevent UTI
    -Colace & SmartFiber to treat chronic constipation from meds, Fleet enema as needed
    -Dye Free Benadryl 50 mg at bedtime
    -"Your Pace Yoga: Relieving Pelvic Pain" dvd, walking, treadmill at gym
    -Managing stress= VERY important!
    -Fur therapy: Hugging the cat!

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    • #3
      I really appreciate any opinions I can get. Thank you so much (:
      Diagnosed;
      IC; Early November 2008, age 15 by hydro/cysto
      IBS; May 2010

      Current Treatments;
      Elmiron - 2 pills twice a day, started on 8/11/09.
      Cystoprotek - when I remember, not usual.


      she's seventeen and a beauty queen <3

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      • #4
        My IC flares during my period, so I've found taking birth control to be helpful. I've started taking several months of active pills to avoid having a cycle every month. You could always try the pills for a month and see how it goes.
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        -Amanda
        34 years old, bladder symptoms all my life
        diagnosed with PFD and VV October 2009; IC May 2010

        Current meds:
        Cystoprotek 2 pills twice a day, Hydroxyzine 10 mg, Gabapentin 600 mg, Myrbetriq 25mg, Zoloft 25 mg, Mircrogestin, capsaicin cream (for vulva)
        Other past treatments:
        IC diet, physical therapy, Traumeel injections as needed, TENS unit, heating pad, instills with sodium bicarb, lidocaine, and mucosa compositum
        Tried and didn't work:
        Pyridium, Singlair, Nortriptyline, Elmiron, lidocaine and heparin instills (worked at first, then didn't anymore), various creams, acupuncture

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        • #5
          If you guys don't mind me asking, which birth control do you take. Like, name specific ? Thank you all so much !
          Diagnosed;
          IC; Early November 2008, age 15 by hydro/cysto
          IBS; May 2010

          Current Treatments;
          Elmiron - 2 pills twice a day, started on 8/11/09.
          Cystoprotek - when I remember, not usual.


          she's seventeen and a beauty queen <3

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          • #6
            hugs

            wish everyone good health.hugs
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            • #7
              I've used many kinds over the years. I'm on a generic for Lo-ovral now.
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              -Amanda
              34 years old, bladder symptoms all my life
              diagnosed with PFD and VV October 2009; IC May 2010

              Current meds:
              Cystoprotek 2 pills twice a day, Hydroxyzine 10 mg, Gabapentin 600 mg, Myrbetriq 25mg, Zoloft 25 mg, Mircrogestin, capsaicin cream (for vulva)
              Other past treatments:
              IC diet, physical therapy, Traumeel injections as needed, TENS unit, heating pad, instills with sodium bicarb, lidocaine, and mucosa compositum
              Tried and didn't work:
              Pyridium, Singlair, Nortriptyline, Elmiron, lidocaine and heparin instills (worked at first, then didn't anymore), various creams, acupuncture

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              • #8
                I just started taking BCP the first of this month. This is the week I am off. My cycle has not started yet but I can tell a difference. Prior to taking the pill, from the time I started to ovulate to the day my period started, my IC symptoms were profoundly worse. After reading about possible hormonal flares and the use of BCP, I decided to give it a try.


                This month has been one of my better months. Did not flare at all! Also, I attempted to stick to the IC diet and have been on Elmiron since August.

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                • #9
                  I found that when I was on ortho tri cyclen lo for 2 years my IC was not as bad. I have been off of it for 7 months and I just started zovia 1/50 birth control pill for heavy crampy periods as well. Some people who flare during there period take continous birth control and find that, that helps them. There are IC'ers who are sensitive to progesterone or sensitive to estrogen and some none of the above. so basically to sum it up u will have people who react badly to birth control, react positive , or not at all in regards to thier IC. Since we are all different you will just need to try and see. I get flares about a week before my period and during my period its better. For me its a waiting game for this new birth control I have only been taking it for 3 days. I hope it doesnt make me worst.
                  Diagnosed with IC October 2009- through bladder biopsy (no glomerations or hunners ulcers found, just irritation)

                  I have moderate-severe IC

                  Currently stopped taking all medications due to pregnancy

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