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devon
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posted 03-18-1999 02:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for devon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just discovered this site last week, and think it is just great...does anyone know if there is a link between ibs and birth control pills?

Pattee
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posted 03-18-1999 02:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pattee   Click Here to Email Pattee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome Devon I am glad you found us .I dont know if there is a connection.IBS manifests itself differently in every one.Readall the postings here .Theris much comfort and informationfor us here.I have gotten more help from this BB thananywhere else in the 21 years I have had IBS.Keep in touch God bless us all.Love Pattee


LindaB
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posted 03-18-1999 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LindaB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi, Devon. Glad you're here. I just moved an old post of mine back to the top. Check out what it says about estrogen, the pill, the gallbladder and IBS?

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Rob
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posted 03-18-1999 09:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Devon-
ABSOLUTELY!! For me anyway. I went on pill for majorly irregular periods and excessive bleeding when I was 17. My IBS symptoms started at appox age 19 and became progressivly worse until at age 22 I was having D every time I ate anything. I asked my various doctors if pill could be a problem and they all said no, no problem. My mother suggested to me over and over that the pill could be a problem b/c she had a "bad stomach" when she was on the pill in her 30's. So, after years of enduring IBS-D and no relief from suggestions from doctors, I decided to listen to my mother. I went off the pill and within 3 weeks my D had decreased to 1 or 2 times per week and I felt amazingly better. I basically consider myself "fine" now - D once per week doesn't really constrict my life.
Anyway, sorry this is so long - but I say YES to pill and IBS being connected.
If you are on it, just try going off for a while. I have to deal with irregular periods now, but I find that easier to deal with than constant D.

JillAnn
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posted 03-18-1999 09:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JillAnn   Click Here to Email JillAnn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Devon,

I have been on the pill for almost 10 years and I honestly don't know if there is a connection. I have been offically diagnosed with IBS for about a year and a half, but I KNOW that i've had it for a long long time, just not as bad as I've had it now. I would go off my pills fo a while, but the stress of "oh my God, I don't want to get pregnant" would SEEM to make my IBS worse. So I think its a vicious circle.

Have you talked to your OB/GYN about this/??? Don't let them give you that, "Oh, I REALLY don't think so look" either!

good luck!
Jill

Rob
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posted 03-18-1999 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jill and Devon-
If you don't want to go off the pill for fear of pregnancy, you may want to ask your doctor to try putting you on a different pill. I cannot tolerate any of them at this point, but a girlfriend of mine was experiencing extreme nausea and some D and when her Dr switched her pill, she was fine. Just a suggestion.
For me, other methods of birth control and irregular periods are better than being sick all the time. Its a trade off - you have to decide which is worse.

maryt
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posted 03-18-1999 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for maryt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi devon, I was diagnosised with IBS "c" back in fall of last year. It was the opinion of the 5 doctors that saw me in the hospital (for 2 days of testing) that my IBS was caused by heavy periods(7-8 days long, lots of cramps, 1-2 days of ungodly bleeding). I was put on birth control pills first ortho-cept and now micronor(mini pill, no estrogen).I haven't even had a period since the beginning of feburary . My iron count is so good that I don't have to take iron pills any more. But guess what? I still have IBS"c" and I take 4 fibercon a day. So once again different body different cause for IBS.

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posted 03-22-1999 01:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jenifer1   Click Here to Email jenifer1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think there ia a link. I tend to have bad outbreaks of terrible C around my period.
I have been seriously thinking about going off my pill and seeing what happens. I was put on birth control pills to regulate hormone levels and to start my periods (nevr had them before!!!) when I was 20. anyone in this situation??? what to do???

tsleclair5
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posted 03-22-1999 08:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tsleclair5   Click Here to Email tsleclair5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am reading a wonderful book by best selling author Colgan," Hormonal Health".
It blames the pill for whacking emotions, testosterone levels, and libido. I know I feel better not being on the pill. It doesn't mention IBS, but discusses the correlation between hormones and depresssion, stress all IBS ramificaitons. Please read it.

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