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  • Birth Control and IC

    Hello.

    It has been a while since I visited these forums, as life has been quite busy for me lately.

    I have recently been looking into a safer alternative to the birth control pill (as it can cause some dangerous health implications) - so I was looking into the cervical cap. However, in reading some information on it, it is recommended to bring to the doctor's attention if the patient has vaginal discharge, which I do. So I don't know if this would be a good option for me, both because of that and because of my problems with IC.

    Any thoughts?


    Thank you.

  • #2
    What kind of health complications are concerned about with the pill? If you're worried about things like blood clots and strokes, the benefits of taking the pill usually outweigh the risks unless you have other risk factors such as being a smoker. There are a lot of misconceptions and unwarranted fears about birth control pills.

    The biggest problem with the cervical cap is that it's pretty ineffective compared to other methods. Out of 100 women using it as a method for a year... somewhere between 15-30 of them will experience an unintended pregnancy. Compared to 0-8 with other methods such as the pill and IUDs, it's not something I would recommend to 99% of women, and in the other 1%... it's not the first thing I would recommend.

    Although I haven't heard anything specifically about IC and the cervical cap (it is so rarely used - I only had 2 patients who used it out of the thousands I saw while working in family planning), the fact that it can cause vaginal/cervical irritation, make intercourse more painful and may increase the risk of urinary tract infection leads me to believe it may not be the best idea for someone with IC.

    There are a lot of other options that are more effective and some may actually help with IC symptoms. NuvaRing, the patch, Depo, Mirena, Paraguard, the "mini pill" (progesterone-only), Implanon, etc etc are just a few to consider besides the standard pill and cervical caps. I'd highly recommend finding a good doc that is up-to-date and knowledgeable about all the current options of birth control and exploring your options with them.
    Symptoms since childhood, became intolerable 2010. Diagnosed Aug 2011.

    IC Diet, Prelief, baking soda in water - helps with most symptoms but no significant effect on pain
    Elmiron - just started
    Elavil - just started
    Mirena - inserted pre-diagnosis. Love it but don't think it helps or hurts with the IC.

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    • #3
      I do take a birth control pill continuously because I have freakishly long and heavy periods, but if that was not the case I would be interested in talking to my doctor about ParaGard, an IUD. It is not hormonal or anything, so to me, it sounds like a dream for an IC patient seeking birth control because IC patients tend to be so sensitive to hormones. Ask your doctor about it. Best wishes.
      Tierney
      Message me and add me http://facebook.com/tierneybrielle.

      Diagnosed with IC at 12-years-old, but have had IC much longer, now 24-years-old - fibromyalgia (diasnosed 07/30/12) - CFS - migraines - diagnosed with myofascial pelvic pain syndrome in January of '12 - scoliosis since ~12-years-old & s/p spinal fusion (06/21/10) T10-L3 w/ metal implants & nerve damage - post laminectomy syndrome - lumbar spondylosis - mild dextroscoliosis now - menorrhagia and dysmenorrhea (both controlled) - IBS - chemical sensitivity - allergies - chronic nose bleeds - heartburn - rosacea - and that is just the relevant stuff

      Do you have a question? Feel free to ask me anything; I am an open book!

      I am not a medical authority; I do not offer medical advice. Talk to your doctor, and if you are not comfortable talking to your doctor, find another one. It is OK to advocate for yourself as well as not be satisfied with your doctor! You deserve the best medical care.

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      • #4
        Marvelon

        hey

        i just switched to marvelon from yasmin
        and i think it saved my life cause all the bad i was feeling is gone
        i had this feeling of tight duck tape all around me
        and i was on yasmin for a few years and finally i said im switching my doctor said it was no need to
        but anyways my heart was racing ...peeeing lots...burning..yeast (i think it might be normal anyways) but anyways
        my uro said he said yasmin might be a wrong choice !!!
        so just wanted to put my experience out
        also my uro said iuds arent the greatest but it all depends on the person and im not a doctor so go ttalk to yours

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        • #5
          I have the Mirena 5 year IUD and I LOVE it! No periods!
          symptoms when in a flare:

          I feel everything in my urethra but I know its really my bladder. Pressure, stinging, urgency,tingling feeling thats hard to describe.
          *I have a fibroid on my uterus near my bladder.

          Medication
          100mg Amitripyline ( I have seriously gained almost 50lbs on this drug but I feel it works)
          Flexoril 10mg (doesn't work)
          Hydrocodone 5/325 PRN
          Cetalopram 40mg *severe anxiety over flare

          Physical therapy hasnt really helped but I love her! I've learned so much! She states that my muscles around
          My urethra are very tight.

          currently seeing a Gyn in my town and a Uro in Seattle (4 hrs away)

          I have had lots of long term remissions. Currently been struggling with good & bad days since Jan 2012



          find me on Facebook! Brandy Schildknecht Covington

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          • #6
            The only thing about Mirena, is it is recommended for women who have given birth, and I am jealous of those ladies who can use it and have success with it! Haha.
            Tierney
            Message me and add me http://facebook.com/tierneybrielle.

            Diagnosed with IC at 12-years-old, but have had IC much longer, now 24-years-old - fibromyalgia (diasnosed 07/30/12) - CFS - migraines - diagnosed with myofascial pelvic pain syndrome in January of '12 - scoliosis since ~12-years-old & s/p spinal fusion (06/21/10) T10-L3 w/ metal implants & nerve damage - post laminectomy syndrome - lumbar spondylosis - mild dextroscoliosis now - menorrhagia and dysmenorrhea (both controlled) - IBS - chemical sensitivity - allergies - chronic nose bleeds - heartburn - rosacea - and that is just the relevant stuff

            Do you have a question? Feel free to ask me anything; I am an open book!

            I am not a medical authority; I do not offer medical advice. Talk to your doctor, and if you are not comfortable talking to your doctor, find another one. It is OK to advocate for yourself as well as not be satisfied with your doctor! You deserve the best medical care.

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            • #7
              Just to clarify, Mirena is RECOMMENDED for women who have given birth vaginally, but it is not a requirement by any means. I just got it put in 2 weeks ago and I have never even been pregnant, much less given birth. Talk to your gyno, Tierney!

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              • #8
                Ahem!

                I am sorry if you did not understand my post; I too used the word, "recommended." Maybe you did not see it because it was not typed all in uppercase letters. I as well suggest talking with your medical professionals because I am not a medical authority, as you can see in my signature.

                As it states on Mirena's website,(http://m.mirena-us.com/index.php) "Only you and your healthcare provider can decide if Mirena is right for you. Mirena is recommended for women who have had a child." My doctor and I concluded it was not a beneficial option for me as my vagina is small, and it would be difficult and painful to insert and remove the IUD in my case; I did not develop some kind of theory on my own! I am blonde, but I am not that dumb, haha! I also felt there were other more logical options for me, my health, and my lifestyle as everyone is different, and I was not too thrilled with the idea of threads! Eek! Please do not judge me for my choices; after all, it is my health.

                Kesariss, thank you for your concern; I have talked to my gynecologist. And although I may be wrong, it seems you doubt that, so let me know when you would like to talk to them yourself! Thank you and best wishes.
                Last edited by tierney; 08-26-2012, 01:46 PM. Reason: Silly grammar errors make me despise my iPhone!
                Tierney
                Message me and add me http://facebook.com/tierneybrielle.

                Diagnosed with IC at 12-years-old, but have had IC much longer, now 24-years-old - fibromyalgia (diasnosed 07/30/12) - CFS - migraines - diagnosed with myofascial pelvic pain syndrome in January of '12 - scoliosis since ~12-years-old & s/p spinal fusion (06/21/10) T10-L3 w/ metal implants & nerve damage - post laminectomy syndrome - lumbar spondylosis - mild dextroscoliosis now - menorrhagia and dysmenorrhea (both controlled) - IBS - chemical sensitivity - allergies - chronic nose bleeds - heartburn - rosacea - and that is just the relevant stuff

                Do you have a question? Feel free to ask me anything; I am an open book!

                I am not a medical authority; I do not offer medical advice. Talk to your doctor, and if you are not comfortable talking to your doctor, find another one. It is OK to advocate for yourself as well as not be satisfied with your doctor! You deserve the best medical care.

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                • #9
                  Kesariss, I truly hope Mirena works for you! I am not fortunate enough for it to work for me. To suppress my periods I have to take a BCP which has a dosage for a 300 lb. woman, despite being 128 lb., and I still get spotting, and I continuously test negative for hormonal imbalances. I do not know what I will do if the pill I am on now every stops working! I envy you! Good luck with the Mirena!
                  Tierney
                  Message me and add me http://facebook.com/tierneybrielle.

                  Diagnosed with IC at 12-years-old, but have had IC much longer, now 24-years-old - fibromyalgia (diasnosed 07/30/12) - CFS - migraines - diagnosed with myofascial pelvic pain syndrome in January of '12 - scoliosis since ~12-years-old & s/p spinal fusion (06/21/10) T10-L3 w/ metal implants & nerve damage - post laminectomy syndrome - lumbar spondylosis - mild dextroscoliosis now - menorrhagia and dysmenorrhea (both controlled) - IBS - chemical sensitivity - allergies - chronic nose bleeds - heartburn - rosacea - and that is just the relevant stuff

                  Do you have a question? Feel free to ask me anything; I am an open book!

                  I am not a medical authority; I do not offer medical advice. Talk to your doctor, and if you are not comfortable talking to your doctor, find another one. It is OK to advocate for yourself as well as not be satisfied with your doctor! You deserve the best medical care.

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                  • #10
                    Meow! I'm blonde, too, as a matter of fact, and thank you ever so much for reminding me why I should stay a lurker on online forums, because otherwise I get *****ed at.

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                    • #11
                      Kesariss, I have PMed you; I feel this may not be the most appropriate place for our conversation.

                      Other ICers, I apologize for going off topic! At least thread certainly got, "bumped!" Best wishes.
                      Tierney
                      Message me and add me http://facebook.com/tierneybrielle.

                      Diagnosed with IC at 12-years-old, but have had IC much longer, now 24-years-old - fibromyalgia (diasnosed 07/30/12) - CFS - migraines - diagnosed with myofascial pelvic pain syndrome in January of '12 - scoliosis since ~12-years-old & s/p spinal fusion (06/21/10) T10-L3 w/ metal implants & nerve damage - post laminectomy syndrome - lumbar spondylosis - mild dextroscoliosis now - menorrhagia and dysmenorrhea (both controlled) - IBS - chemical sensitivity - allergies - chronic nose bleeds - heartburn - rosacea - and that is just the relevant stuff

                      Do you have a question? Feel free to ask me anything; I am an open book!

                      I am not a medical authority; I do not offer medical advice. Talk to your doctor, and if you are not comfortable talking to your doctor, find another one. It is OK to advocate for yourself as well as not be satisfied with your doctor! You deserve the best medical care.

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