Post # 16
sunburn : I never thought about PICOs, only endomitriosis since like 75% of the women in my family have it. Isn’t PCOS non-treatable? I’ll be honest I don’t know much about it.
Also, my husband would prefer to use condoms. We use them when I take a break from birth control. I really don’t like them, he has a hard time with them and sensitivity and he tends to not be able to perform well with one on (not his fault- just happens) which is frustrating for both of us and effects our intimate life. Also, even with the condoms I’m unable to carry on with such heavy periods.
I wouldn’t ask my husband to alter his body, in the same way I wouldn’t want him to ask me to. We’ve brought up to conversation before, I know he knows that it’s an option, but it’s his decision to make, not mine. He stays on top of buying contraceptives and never complains about using them.
Post # 17
otterbee : ok, I understand now regarding your husband. At least he’s willing to wear a condom, but I see why that is less than ideal for you.
PCOS is polycystic ovarian syndrome. Basically it’s a dysfunctional endocrine issue (hormones) which has several symptoms, one of which is heavy periods. An individual does not have all the symptoms of PCOS in order to be diagnosed. There’s an increase in cases showing up in the last few years. I recommend getting tested because the medication regimen is different than it would be for endometriosis.
Post # 18
I have PCOS and have had a few cysts burst and it sucks so much!
I would look into getting an IUD!
But the pill and the IUD are used to treat the cysts actually.
I got an IUD 6 months and love it! The insertion is not has painful as people make it out to be. It’s like having a bad period cramp last for like 30 seconds and then it’s done! Some cramping the next day and it’s been great ever since.
The first 5 months my period was so light I didn’t need a pad or a tampon. This month I barely even got it!
I’m also CFBC and my gyno won’t do my tubes until I’m 35 (just turned 30). So when I get the Mirena out, I’m getting the tubes burned.
The Mirena has hormones but it’s lower than most BC pills as well.
Post # 19
Ill add I have had 3 Mirena IUD’s and insertion was a small cramp, hardly any pain at all. Seriously, I barely feel it going in. I dont get periods at all on them and they last 5-7 years.
I cannot tolerate birth control pills, they make me nauseated and I have a history of a blood clot. The IUD is my go-to birth control.
Post # 20
mel2 : Which IUD do you get that lasts 7 years? Since I have PCOS, after getting my tubes done, I’m still going to need a hormonal BC to keep the cysts down 🙁
Post # 21
Magnesium and potassium have eliminated my horrible monthly cramps. I used to get terrible cramps that would send me to bed for a day or two, along with a migraine. I started a magnesium/potassium protocol a year ago and barely notice now when I get my period. It’s been wonderful. Just wish I would have figured that out a lot sooner.
Post # 22
sweetdee89 : So the Mirena is rated for 5 years in the US, and 7 years in Europe. Its the exact same product. Apparently the FDA failure tolerance rate is slightly higher hence the time difference. But its otherwise exactly the same product
Post # 23
mel2 : Oohh!!!! Did not know that! That’s interesting!
Post # 24
I would try the Mirena. You won’t get all of the hormonal side effects because it doesn’t use hormones the same way, but it should still relieve some of your period symptoms.
The insertion really wasn’t as bad as many people make it out. The first two months I did get really terrible cramps for 2-3 days, but since then (5 months) I’ve had absolutely zero side effects and don’t even get my period anymore.
Post # 25
I had the Skyla for three years. They suggest it for those who haven’t had kids. It actually stopped my periods all together…kinda weird. The insertion was not fun, neither was taking it out….but it was definitely worth not worrying for three years! I’d say explore that option as well.