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Re: Hypothyroidism and birth control

Re: Hypothyroidism and birth control

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Posted by Dawn on September 19, 2000 at 19:30:38:

In Reply to: Hypothyroidism and birth control posted by Meredith on September 18, 2000 at 22:29:06:

: Does anyone have any recommendations for birth control when dealing with hypothyroidism? I'm thinking along the lines of the pill or depo provera, but the little information I've found (mostly anecdotal and not directly applicable) makes me nervous about further weight gain and lethargy. It's pretty important that I find some consistently effective method of birth control, but I was only diagnosed hypothyroid 4 months ago and am still working out the right dose of levothyroid. Any help would be appreciated.
: Thanks.

:Hi Meredith, I have been on the Depo since June. I then found out that I had hyperthyroidism and I asked two of my doctors if the Depo shot caused my thyroid problems. Both said NO, that it shouldn't have anything to do with it, but on the other hand I hear that the pill can cause thyroid problems. Why there is a difference I don't know. Everyone reacts in a different way to Depo. I have gained a little bit of weight (especially after the first dose b/c I got the munchies). I was also a little more tired then usual and
my period was crazy. I am now on the second dose and I do think there is a difference, but with my uncontrolled thyroid problems it is hard to tell. The second dose is suppose to be much better. There are pamplets and bunches of info that you can pick up at Planned Parenthood or probably any doctor's office. The scary thing is that when you take it, you deal with the symptoms for twelve weeks, but the symptoms for me weren't really bad at all. I can't tell you what to do, but you should make sure and talk to your doctor
if you are thinking about the pill or Depo for that matter (the pill is the only one I have heard there to be problems with...?) Good luck. Oh, there are some benefits to Depo. All you get is one little shot that doesn't even hurt and you don't worry about it for another twelve weeks. Your doctor should be able to tell you everything about Depo. It costs $62.00/$63.00 here. Good luck. Dawn

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