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Birth Control Pills And Fibroids
Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more
May treat symptoms: Many women have uterine fibroids--a benign smooth muscle tumor. Most have no symptoms, but some women have heavy bleeding or pain. Birth control pills can often treat both bleeding and pain associated with fibroids, and thus are helpful. Fibroids generally do not cause fibroids to grow--and use of the pill may protect against the future development of fibroids. ...Read more
Which choice would be better for fibroid tumors. The Depo-Provera shot or the birth control pill? If my fibroids shouldn't be hurting this bad what can be?
Your fibroids: Could be hurting that bad, if the pain is from the fibroids those 2 meds will not shrink or treat the fibroids, those 2 meds can stop your periods so you won't bleed or have pain on your period if they work in your case which they may or may not. ...Read more
I am on continuous birth control pills mainly due to uterine fibroids. All of a sudden this week I'm having a period. I have not missed a pill or been more than 2 hours late taking a pill. Is this something I should be concerned about?
Possibly: I'm assuming that you were given birth control pills continuously as an inexpensive way to control abnormal bleeding. You are experiencing breakthrough bleeding on the pill which is common. Birth control pills contain estrogen and progesterone, which may make your fibroid grow. My concern in your case is this: have you had a workup of your fibroid's with CBC, ultrasound, MRI, and hysteroscopy. ...Read more
How can you tell the difference between a uterine fibroid and polyp? I took birth control pills on and off for a couple months.
Ultrasound: Using ultrasound your doctor can usually tell the difference between a polyp and a fibroid. Sometimes this can be challenging and a special ultrasound which uses saline infusion can be done. This is called a sonohystogram. This allows better visualization of the inside or cavity of the uterus. If we still are not sure we can look directly using a video camera called a hysteroscope. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it normal to have spotting between periods while on the birth control pill, I also suffer from fibroids?
Breakthrough bleed: Very common to have this with fibroids with and without use of the pill. Also, low dose pills can result in this type of bleeding. ...Read more
I have had abnormal monthly bleeding for 3+ yrs. I tried birth control pills, had a hysterosonogram which showed polyps and fibroid. I had a dnc and the abnormal bleeding stopped for 3mths, then it came back. Md stumped. Ideas?
Dysmenorrhea: At age 30, the likely causes are the cervical polyp and/or the fibroid. These tend to bleed and heal and bleed again. If the D&C debrided all the tissue, then it is a mystery. Possibly, the procedure left behind some abnormal remnants of the fibroid, and may need to be re debrided. Sometimes, ocs are prescribed for individuals who continue to have abnormal periods. If that doesn't work, D&C again? ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Had d&c in may for dub from fibroids can I take Depo-Provera shot instead of birth control pills they give me bad headaches, also anemic so don't want 2 bleed?
Hello, I am a victim of irregular periods. Everytime I go to OBGYN they try to put me on Birth control pills. Because I would bleed so bad I don't have fibroid or endometriosis I want more kids in the future and its so hard to get pregnant. Help me?
Current goals: The first step is to determine your immediate goals. If you desires pregnancy right now then your Obgyn can focus on treatment plans to assist ovulation. If your immediate goal is cycle regulation or treatment of heavy periods then options such as Mirena IUD or other forms of contraception should be investigated ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
47 yr old healthy F. Put on birth control pills to stop a period I had for 3.5 wks. It’s working but is this the best plan?
Birth control: If it worked seems so but perhaps you have another question ...Read more
95-99%: Depending on the pill type, most oral contraceptives are effective in the high 90's percentages. However, it also depends on compliance by the user - miss doses and efficacy quickly drops. While 99% sounds pretty good, that still means about 1 pregnancy in 100 women per year, and if you are that 1 pregnancy, you may not be very happy. The only 100% effective form of birth control is abstinence. ...Read more
Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more
Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more