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Hi all,

I was wondering if any of you are on birth control to limit menstruation? I've heard there is a new one out there that only gives you four periods a year. If so, does it help your POTS symptoms?

I was also wondering if anyone knew of a procedure to totally eliminate menstruation? (other than a hysterectomy).

I ask because I'm in bed unable to do anything for two weeks out of each month because of my period. I get sooooo much worse before and just after that time of the month and at this point, I'm going to go insane unless I can limit the amount of time I'm on my back.

Thanks,

Lauren

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The four periods a year birth control is called seasonale..I am not sure about symptom wise if it helps I would imagine it would. I know that some people control thier periods through bio-identical hormones like Progesterone and such that might be worth looking into too.

I am also looking into stopping my periods because I definitley also have major isssues are my hormonal times.

Take care and good luck..I will be also on the lookout of ways to help this!

Belinda

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I am on seasonale but I don't really think it helps symptoms, the only thing I would say is that I get very bad fatigue when I get my period so now I only get it 4 times a year... but it doesnt help control my episodes or anything.

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Lauren,

YES!!!!! you can take the pill continuously or if you can tolerate it, have 4 periods a year. seasonale is a choice, but you can also do this with ANY pill...you just skip the placebos.

if you are able to do a search on this topic i have written extensively about it in the past, b/c i too was too sick from periods....

it's a 'hot topic' in some ways...which you will see. you will have to talk with your ob/gyn to see if she/he is willing to do this for you....

search ideas might be 'dancinglight' 'alesse continuosly' 'no periods' 'the pill' etc....

hope this helps....i HAD to chime in on this one.

em

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Emily you've emerged! B)B):)

I hope you're feeling a bit better. I've really missed your posts. Thanks for the advice. I'd rather use my current birth control to skip periods rather than change, so it's good to know I can do that. I have an appointment with my obgyn next week and I'll talk with him about it.

((((((HUGS)))))))

-Lauren

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I have just started taking the pill continuously and so far it is great. My specialist (who is not a gyno) said it would be no problem. It feels kinda weird not having a period, but it is FANTASTIC not to have the extra fatigue, mood swings and to be out of action for 2 weeks a month. If you can't tolerate the pill, not sure of options, but I am finding it great with no apparent problems.

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I actually got an Intra Uterine Device 2 years ago. It's hormonal, good for 5 years, and approved for women who haven't had kids (if they wanted them). So basically I haven't had a period since December of 2003. My insurance paid for it, I have a yearly checkup, so it's a lot cheaper than pills, too. I still get cramps, but they're fine with advil... so I don't have any complaints.

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Hey-

don't usually post but i felt the need to chime in on this one... i am 16, and started the lupron shots for six months last december and now i am on the depo every three months in order to prevent a period. like you mid cycle, and during menestration, for like ten days i was unable to do anything. iwasa in sooooo much pain, so my mom took me to her ob/gyn, twice during this pain. he did two ultrasounds, saw fluid on my left overy, where itwas really hurting. he came to the conclusion that i either had nerve pain aggravated by estrogen, or endometriosis (my mom had it). he didn't want to scope me due to my complicated history (at the time i had had three lap surgeries, appendix, gallbladder, and explore) he thought it best to just stop estrogen production, as that would help either senerio. haven't had a period yet, or any pain down there. however i have heard of ppl with dysaut. going on bc and having very bad side effects.

there's my two cents. i say if it's something that you might be able to help, do it... we deal with enough problems already.

alexa

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I was on a pill cycle that limited me to 4 periods a year. Even so, eventually, it got to a point that I still went down so hard those 4 times a year that I was it took me about 6 weeks to endure a period. 2 weeks prior I would start having NCS symptoms terribly, the week of, I couldn't get out of bed and it took about 3 weeks after to get enough fluid back into my system to feel somewhat functional. Many times, I just opted for a visit to the ER for an IV. I'm 30 years old and this year finally had a partial hysterectomy. I don't know of any other way to stop periods completely, but if you can endure the 4 a year, do it as long as possible. My primary doctor told me some people with this condition do better pregnant, but apparently I would have needed to have an entire football team to get any relief so I opted for hysterectomy. However, there are so many things a good doctor can do to help you with your symptoms and with only a limited number, it can be endured. I did it for over 4 years. Good luck. (Also, I was curious with the new ring, that limits your period, if tht would be better than the pill since nausea is such a problem for POTS people and half the time I couldn't keep the pill down. Maybe that's an option to look into.)

Celeste

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Hi guys,

I also get very sick during my period. My gyno gave me an RX for OvCon, but I have yet to start it. It's to control my cramps mostly, but I feel as though it'd help me with the POTs..just thought id chime in!

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lauren et al -

i currently take seasonale but still skip the placebos so that i only get my period 2-3 times a year. before that i took levlite and simply skipped the placebos as well....as em said the key difference with seasonale is the packaging (in regard to the timing of placebos). i was taking BC without breaks long before seasonale was on the market. i switched after being dx with a few abnormal ovarian cysts; my obgyn wanted me on a pill that was a bit higher dose and seasonale is a step up from levlite in that regard.

i first started levlite solely to help with autonomic issues. after having ridiculously regular periods since they began they got "wacky" in the midst of a major flare up (including several hospitalizations) in 2002. after that my period would come with no regularity....anything from fifteen to fifty days a cycle. i have never had "PMS symptoms" per se but always have major issues with my BP and thus with syncope several days before my period. factually speaking all women actually have a minor drop in BP right before their period; most adjust and can handle the minor fluctuation, something my body couldn't/can't handle.

when my cycles were like clockwork i would know it was coming & could increase meds (midodrine) for a few days which would help. but without regularity a return to passing out was my sign that a period was on its way. at the time i was relatively functional, aka working full-time, and thus having days wherein i couldn't get out of bed without syncope wasn't very doable if i wanted to keep my job. so...we started the continuous birth control and it did the trick. for years it helped me keep my job as i would time my few periods to have the worst pre-days on weekends and only a few times a year at that. plus i would know when they were coming and could up some of my meds accordingly to take the edge off.

even though i'm no longer working i still know the BC is helpful b/c the few days before my periods completely incapacitate me. having this happen several times a years is much better than monthly. and knowing when it's coming helps as i can be stocked with fluids, not have appts or other commitments, etc.

hope this helps,

B) melissa

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My Obgyn was so relaxed about this. She stopped my periods completely, was not at all concerned about it, and said I could go without a period and stay on the pill into my 50's.

It was a God-send for about 6 months, then I went off of them to see how I would do, and I was doing better. So, I'm off of them again. Previously, I just had to erase those 10 days from my life, basically.

Good Luck!

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