Post # 1
How long have you been taking or have taken birth control pills?
I have been on it since i was 15 and I am now 24… which seems like a VERY long time.
Is there such a thing as being on birth control for too long? I am getting married next summer and plan on stopping after the wedding, which will make it 10 years.
(I started with Alesse and now I am on the generic of Alesse, called Aviane)
Thoughts and personal experiences?
Post # 3
This is something I’ve talked to my doctor about a LOT because I went on when I was 16 and I am now 27!! I was really worried about 3 years ago because it just seemed like a long time and i was worried about whether that was bad in the long run. Basically what she told me is:
– Being on BC slightly raises your risk for breast cancer WHILE you are on it
– Being on BC raises your risk of blood clots, but the risk is still very very low unless you are over 35 and/or smoke
– Being on BC lowers your risk of uterine cancer (I think? Or maybe endometrial cancer? something in that area) WHILE you are on it
– Being on BC for 10+ years significantly lowers your risk of overian cancer for the rest of your life
Because I had been on it for 9 years when I asked, and I was otherwise healthy, my doc strongly recommended I stay on at least past the 10 year mark to lower my risk of ovarian cancer (because that is one that can be hard to detect so it is good to lower that risk if possible). Thereafter her opinion is that because I’m otherwise healthy and don’t smoke I really shouldn’t be at all concerned about staying on BC as long as I want to.
Post # 4
I was on the pill for 8+ years, then I started spotting mid-cycle. I decided that was my body’s way of telling me I’d been on the hormones too long, but everyone is different. I know many women stay on BC for 10+ years.
Post # 5
My doctor told me that being on the pill for an extended period of time is not a problem, but it’s when you go on and off, on and off, that it can be tough on your body. So there’s this misconception that going off every once in a while to “give your body a break” is a good thing
Post # 6
@CorgiTales: I have had very similar conversations with my doctor and heard almost the same things. I have been on the pill since I was 17 and I’m now 28. I’ll be going off within the next year – year and a half.