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Old 12-20-2005, 08:37 PM   #1
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Ortho evra for excessive bleeding

I kind of have an odd situation if anyone can offer some suggestions or relate I'd appreciate it.

I have been experiencing miscarriages and excessive bleeding for the last year. My OB feels I have low estrogen/progesterone levels.

My OB suggested one month of BC. Because I take thyroid hormone I would have to take a BC pill at a different time so it doesn't interfere. That seemed like a lot of work since I frequently forget to take my vitamins which also have to be taken separately from my meds. If I can't take a pill in the morning I most likely won't remember to take it later...too busy! So I requested the patch.

Since being on it I feel absolutely wonderful! I've had some very mild side effects but it's nothing like what was going on *before* . I'm very concerned about going off of it because it seems to be working so well. I don't want to go back to the way I was feeling. My OB is opposed to me using it for longer than a month though.

My thoughts are that if my estrogen/progesterone levels are so low aren't I at less of a risk than most women? The problem with the patch is the high estrogen levels. If mine are excessively low then wouldn't the patch actually be beneficial for me?

I have an appt on Jan. 3rd to discuss my situation. I'm concerned about trying a different BC, especially a pill, because this method is working wonderfully.

I'll be on Crinone (a progesterone supplement) in January to follow-up after the patch and induce ovulation. The idea is to hopefully "cure" the bleeding for good. If I go back to bleeding though I'll have to go on something again and I'd prefer the patch.

Any thoughts?


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Old 12-23-2005, 03:16 PM   #2
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Re: Ortho evra for excessive bleeding

I could be wrong, but my understanding is that the pill/patch suppress the body's natural production of estrogen and progesterone. So the fact that you are starting out with low levels wouldn't affect your risk of serious side effects from the patch.

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