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Besides getting an IUD, what is the best form of birth contol to help with endometriosis

By February 10, 2010 - 11:59pm
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How old are you? Have you been dealing with your endometriosis a long time, enough that it may have built up in your system?

I dealt with endometriosis for many years and had two laparoscopies along the way to clean it all up and to deal with a couple of ovarian cysts. After each laparoscopy, I got a lot of relief for about two years. If yours is very serious, you might ask your doctor about this possibility.

February 12, 2010 - 8:15am
(reply to Diane Porter)

I am 32 and found out I had endometriosis when I started to try to get pregnant (6 ½ years) ago. My doctor finally found a large cyst on my ovary and I then had surgery to remove the cyst and the rest of the endometriosis. I had bad cramps during my menstrual cycle before, but I just took Alive and it alleviated the pain. The doctor was surprised that I did not have severe pain due to the extent of my endometriosis. I had a baby 6 months ago by going through IVF and just started my menstrual cycle again. I was told that the pregnancy would help with my endometriosis and I haven’t had any cramping yet. I am hoping to choose the right birth control so that I may be able to get pregnant without IVF in the next couple of years.

February 12, 2010 - 2:20pm

Hi taradean21,

There are other forms of birth control that can help with your endometriosis. According to MayoClinic.com, your doctor may place you on birth control pills or on the depo provera shot.

Here is what I got from their site:
Medroxyprogesterone (Depo-Provera). This injectable drug is effective in halting menstruation and the growth of endometrial implants, thereby relieving the signs and symptoms of endometriosis. Its side effects can include weight gain, decreased bone production and depressed mood.

Hormonal contraceptives. Birth control pills, patches and the vaginal ring help control the hormones responsible for the buildup of endometrial tissue each month. Most women have lighter and shorter menstrual flow when they're using a hormonal contraceptive. Using hormonal contraceptives — especially continuous cycle regimens — can reduce or eliminate the pain of mild to moderate endometriosis.

If you'd like to read more on this, here is the link to Mayo Clinic's site: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/endometriosis/DS00289/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs

Hope this helps!

February 11, 2010 - 5:29am
(reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

Thanks!! That was great information.

February 12, 2010 - 12:08pm
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