(Closed) The doctors say birth control, but I actually don’t want to!

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I actually love being on birth control.  I want to change the specific brand I’m using due to weird side effects but I love being able to control when, how long, and how intense my period is.  If you find the right one for you, it’s really no big deal especially in your case if it helps you avoid becoming anemic every few months.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I love being on BC and have been since I was 15–I bled for 21 days straight once. Why are you so hesitant? If it’ll help you, there’s nothing wrong with it. It won’t mess with your cycle; it will help regulate it. And who could be against only having a period for three days a month (that’s me, after several years on it)?

Just work with your doctor to find the right one for you.

The breast cancer thing isn’t a guarantee and the risks are actually quite small, but if the doctors tell you that you WILL damage your heart from how things are now, isn’t that a no-brainer?

Also, it will not do ANYTHING to your fertility. At all. If you stop taking it, you’ll be as fertile as you were before you began taking it.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Normally I’m against bc and I don’t like taking it (it makes me feel depressed?), but in your case you should go on BC. Anemia is serious and if there’s any indication that bc could help, you should try it out!

BC will not affect your ability to become pregnant.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I started going on BC when I was 13 due to a lot of health issues including endometriosis and anemia. I switched to Seasonale when I was 16 and have never looked back. Like the PP have mentioned, as long as you work to find the right on for your body you shouldn’t have any issues.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Also my mom has the kind of anemia like you have. She gets IV tranfusions too. They told her if it becomes worse she has to have a bone marrow transplant. eeek I would totally try the BC

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I started BC at 14 because I had 7 day heavy periods every other week. I was anemic. It wasn’t a big decision.. I was 14 🙂

BC can do a lot of good, but I don’t know why they’re having you research different methods — um, they should be the ones educating you and not sending you off to the internet. If you aren’t doing this through a gyne, I would go to one. They have the most experience with the different types of hormonal BC.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@coconutmellie: You still have your period on BC. It is just more regular (mine comes every 28 days like clockwork) and lighter/shorter.

I have been on yasmin for 6 years now and I LOVE it. Before that I was on  one that messed with me emotionally, but this one is great. It really does sound like the risks of not taking it are much higher than the risks of taking it.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I’d try to focus on diet or taking an iron supplement before going on hormonal BC. Did your doctors suggest that as an option?

Post # 13
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Helper bee

Ok so I’m just going to be blunt.  Anemia can kill you.  Birth control can help you.  Seems pretty simple to me. 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@coconutmellie: Do you currently have a GYN? If not you should find one. Along with the current issue you are having with your periods, you will need to be getting yearly pap smears.

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