Birth control

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
13 posts
  • Wedding: March 2016

First of all, I am sorry you have to deal with these problems!

Has your doctor ever checked if you have any conditions that might cause these heavy painful periods? Endometriosis often causes that, for example.


Post # 3
2114 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I was thinking the same as the previous poster. Are you seeing your pcp or an OB? Mayr it’s time for a new doc of this one isn’t helping you find the problem. As far as not being able to find a BC that works for you, well some just can’t tolerate hormonal methods. there are barrier methods to discuss with your doc. 

Post # 5
1236 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

There IS a BC for everyone. I’m sorry you’re having such trouble! If you’ve been with this doctor since you were 6 years old, am I right in guessing that it’s a GenPractitioner and not an OBGYN? It’s entirely possible you have a completely resolvable (or at least treatable) condition that is making you react badly to some methods. As for the cramps, I used to have those, missed work and school and was a nightmare to be aroun – turns out I have PCOS! Which, again, is treatable.

Don’t give up. Find a new doctor. It’s sweet that she’s “trying” to help you, but it’s not working.

As for being allergic to condoms, have you tried ALL kinds? Not just latex, but lambskin, polyurethane (common with female condoms), nitrile, AT10, etc? What about a diaphragm?

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  rachel85.
Post # 6
1878 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN

I’m coming off of HBC too. This was my first cycle coming off of it so my period wasn’t bad. My body just treated it like the periods that I have been having on the pill. But I have heard that the first year (give or take) the periods can and will be unpredictable and more painful because your body is flushing the hormones out of your body.

We are currently using FAM/NFP as birth control it won’t help with cramps, but it works to keep yo. From getting pregnant if you use it correctly. It’s safest if you use condoms the first few months to get the hang of it. So I second looking into other condoms.

Post # 7
7664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

May sound like a stupid question, but have you tried a low dose progesterone only pill? Reactions to oestrogen are surprisingly common, much more so than progesterone.

Post # 8
3623 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I had this. The onky thing that worked for me was continuous birth control, meaning no periods ever. I went through a dozen pills before i found this one. g_beela:  

Post # 9
13 posts
  • Wedding: March 2016

While I am not an OB/GYN, I am in the third year of med school and would like to go into OB/GYN later. This is what I would do if I were you:

First, find a OB/GYN. Like someone said before, if you have been seeing the same doctor since you were 6, he or she is probably not an OB/GYN. 

Then, tell your new doctor about your heavy periods (how many pads/tampons you use per day and how often you need to change them can give them a good idea about how heavy it is) and how painful it is and that, while you have tried all sorts of birth control, you have never been checked for any gynecological problems.

And then, you need to be examined for a number of possible conditions, for example: endometriosis, uterine fibriods, hormonal imbalances, bleeding disorders, and yes thyroid problems can be associated with this too. 

So before you experiment with any more birth control, please get checked out to see if there is any cause for your heavy and painful periods that could (easily) be treated.

Good luck!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  Himbeere.
Post # 10
3195 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010


+1000 Follow this great advice!

Post # 11
1369 posts
Bumble bee

g_beela:  You need to go to a OB/GYN.  I had one who kept on saying that all was fine with me and after two years I decided to go to someone else becuase she wasn’t listening to my concerns. I found another doctor who was AMAZING!!! I love her.  She has helped me with many things, and I think you need to find somoene who fits with you.


Just because you have gone with this doctor for so long doesnt mean they are the right fit for you anymore. Clearly there are issues. Please, please go find someone else.  You shouldn’t be in this much pain.

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