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Old 12-31-2004, 10:08 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Birth control: progesterin implant?

I am going to the Dr. in a few weeks to discuss other birth control options. I am currently on the combonation pill, and always forget to take it! I have tried the depo shot, and I gained a whole bunch of weight over the 1 year that I was on it (25 lbs!). I have been doing research on different options, and one option that I am interested in is called Mirena. It is an IUD that also releases synthetic progeserone. I have a few questions about this option that I can't find answers to online. I would really appreciate any advice from anyone who has had experience with this!
(background info: I am 25 years old and recently diagnosed with epilepsy. I am on 300 mg. of lamictal/day, and I have been seizure for 6 months (since starting the lamictal). I have had simple partial seizures for at least 20 years that were previously misdiagnosed as panic attacks.)

Here are a few questions I have:
1) Does progesterone lessen the amount of seizures that a person with epilepsy has?

2) I have read that the progesterone only method (without estrogen) causes an increase in depression and irritability. Is that true?

3) I had acne as a teenager (which is why I started taking the combo pill)- If I stop taking the estrogen will that increase the chances of the acne
coming back?

I know that I should discuss all of this with my Dr., but I would like to hear other people's opinion on this matter also. Thanks for your input!

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Old 12-31-2004, 07:01 PM   #2
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I'm not a specialist by any means, but I just wanted to give you my experience with the progesterone. I got pregnant in November of last year. When I went into pregnancy, my seizures were still uncontrolled. (I have complex partial and when they happen I have about 8-12 a day). Pregnant women have an extremely high amount of progesterone produced during their pregnancy and I didn't have one seizure during my pregnancy, which I was averaging about 20-24 per month! After I had the baby, I got the depo-provera shot which will control the progesterone levels better because I won't have a period for three months and I don't have to worry about the levels dropping during a menstrual cycle. I don't know if that helps any, but I wanted to share that with you, hope that helps a little!


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