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Old 07-31-2004, 01:53 PM   #1
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BCP for Perimenopause

Anyone using bcp for their perimenopause? I'd like to hear your experiences. Thanks.

 
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Re: BCP for Perimenopause

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Anyone using bcp for their perimenopause? I'd like to hear your experiences. Thanks.
I am not very educated on medicine, can you tell me what bcp is? It is new to me.

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Re: BCP for Perimenopause

I have been taking bcp for years and was just told by my gyn that they would mask the symptoms of perimenopause. So the crummy way I was feeling could not be caused by that. He's wrong. I have many symptoms already that are considered perimenopause. I do however have periods on schedule every month due to the way the pills work. There are no longer or shorter cycles. This last month I did have light spotting but it may have been because I changed the bcp I am taking. I hope this helps.

 
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I have been taking bcp for years and was just told by my gyn that they would mask the symptoms of perimenopause. So the crummy way I was feeling could not be caused by that. He's wrong. I have many symptoms already that are considered perimenopause. I do however have periods on schedule every month due to the way the pills work. There are no longer or shorter cycles. This last month I did have light spotting but it may have been because I changed the bcp I am taking. I hope this helps.
Oh it just dawned on me, it must be birth control pills. I was a little foggy at the time. I took those many years ago and I would bleed like crazy.

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Re: BCP for Perimenopause

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I have been taking bcp for years and was just told by my gyn that they would mask the symptoms of perimenopause. So the crummy way I was feeling could not be caused by that. He's wrong. I have many symptoms already that are considered perimenopause. I do however have periods on schedule every month due to the way the pills work. There are no longer or shorter cycles. This last month I did have light spotting but it may have been because I changed the bcp I am taking. I hope this helps.



Hello Captain, thanks for replying...so you're saying that after years of being on bcp you are still experiencing perimenopausal symptoms? May I ask which bcp you are using? What symptoms are you experiencing?

This is day 4 on Loestrin, an although I can tell a positive difference in how I was feeling I'm still sitting here feeling like crying, spacey/dizzy, an lack of energy to do anything. Mentally I'm thinking about all the stuff I'd like to be doing, but physically I'm drained.

Sorry about venting.

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Re: BCP for Perimenopause

I was on ortho-novum 777 for about 12 years with no problems. Last June I started having left arm/neck/chest pain; night sweats, terrible anxiety, joint pain and the list goes on. I went for bloodwork and ekg and told healthy. My gp gave me a sample of paxil cr for the anxiety but it made me feel worse. I went to my gyn. Had a full blown anxiety attack in the office while he told me it is not perimenopause. He said maybe gad or maybe arthritis because of the muscle aches. I asked for a hormone test and he said ok. Well he called me with the results and said I was in normal range BUT if I would like he would change the bcp to Ovcon-35. So I changed and some of the symptoms are definetly better. I am not as tired, not as much insomnia or anxiety. I still have terrible muscle ache and joint pain. And the chest pain. But better. Sometimes I think if this is definetly perimenopause it make me a little more at ease with the symptoms. Sorry this was so long...I hoped it answered your question.

 
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I was on ortho-novum 777 for about 12 years with no problems. Last June I started having left arm/neck/chest pain; night sweats, terrible anxiety, joint pain and the list goes on. I went for bloodwork and ekg and told healthy. My gp gave me a sample of paxil cr for the anxiety but it made me feel worse. I went to my gyn. Had a full blown anxiety attack in the office while he told me it is not perimenopause. He said maybe gad or maybe arthritis because of the muscle aches. I asked for a hormone test and he said ok. Well he called me with the results and said I was in normal range BUT if I would like he would change the bcp to Ovcon-35. So I changed and some of the symptoms are definetly better. I am not as tired, not as much insomnia or anxiety. I still have terrible muscle ache and joint pain. And the chest pain. But better. Sometimes I think if this is definetly perimenopause it make me a little more at ease with the symptoms. Sorry this was so long...I hoped it answered your question.





Thanks Captain. I'm glad to hear that you feel better with the Ovcon-35. How long did it take you to feel better with the new bcp? I wonder what is the difference between those two type of bcp that made such a wonderful difference in your life.

 
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I started to feel better with the first pack of pills I took. This is month three and I feel much better. I can get out of bed in the morning and have a full day no problem. This month I find I still have the aches in my arms and chest and some hot flashes but not the yucky feeling I was feeling constantly. I started walking again and also made sure I started eating better. I found the worse I started to feel the worse I started eating. A few pounds later I felt even worse...so now that I have more energy I am trying to take the weight off. The difference in the pills was the balance of the hormones in them. It's a good question. I must have needed more of something to balance the hormones in my body. I should ask the doctor. I hope you are feeling better. Good luck.

 
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