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Traveling problems
Hygiene mess
Interferes with athletic performance
PMS and insomnia
Flood of blood periods
Trying continuous pills
The worst PMS on the planet
Just starting continuous pill use
A boy friend seeking advice
What about hormone changes?

Traveling problems

I am leaving the country for a few months and would like to find out how I could skip my period while I am gone. I want to avoid having to take care of the bleeding while I am not at home. Right now I use Ortho Tricyclen for my acne but every month I still have 5 days of bleeding. I am very worried about how I would buy tampons in Nepal.

Hygiene mess

When I think of period bleeding I mostly think of the smell and mess. Invariably my underwear and bedding would end up stained after years of use. It seems shameful to admit that even with a tampon and a pad there would still be bloody accidents. Before I was married I loved seeing my period as proof I was not pregnant. After having my second baby my uterus was low in my vagina and when I put in a tampon it would go to the side of my uterus instead of in front of my cervix and could not block the blood flow. Consequently I had to use pads. I began skipping the spacer pills to stop the period. The first 6 months there would be old brown blood but not heavy bleeding. Then this went away and now I never bleed unless I miss pills.

Interferes with athletic performance

I am a professional soccer player in the new women’s soccer league, the WUSA. I could really benefit from skipping my period or changing it so it does not fall on game dates. My period affects my soccer playing adversely. I tried taking the birth control pill about 7 years ago but it made me nauseated. I only tried one type of pill however. I do not actually care about the birth control aspect and I am only interested in the skipping period part. My doctor does not really understand about participating in athletics at the highest level and my need to perform consistently.

PMS and insomnia

I tossed and turned for half of the night and woke up tired. I knew I had PMS. The only time I have insomnia is a few days before my period. I dragged myself into work even though I really wanted to spend the day on the sofa with a sack of chocolate peanut butter cups, a good book and a purring cat on my lap. Of course this was the day I had to give a presentation to a group of important customers. I looked and felt like a 90 year old nursing home resident. The sofa and chocolate peanut butter cups were always on my mind. I can't wait until I have menopause and never have PMS again!

Flood of Blood Periods

The "flood" of blood soils my clothes. Normally, I'm confined to my home during this time. I saturate a super tampon after only 1 1/2 hours and after changing a tampon a large pile of blood clots appear in the bottom of the toilet bowl and the toilet water turns really red. Tampons are hard to insert, go in crooked, and it hurts to pull them out (almost like my uterus is acting like a suction cup). My vagina gets abnormally dry, and the tampon doesn't stay up all the way; creeps down in a short amount of time. My period intervals are three weeks between periods (used to be four weeks), bleeding between periods looks like cocoa, severe PMS/menstrual side effects every month (used to be every six months, then every three months, and now every month!).

Trying continuous pills

I have just started my 8th week of Alesse and after 6 weeks of no bleeding I am now having more bleeding then when I was on the Demulen pill. It just seems that with whatever pill I try I still have breakthrough bleeding. What will make this stop? I must say I'm a little frustrated in that I've been on different pills for about a year now and nothing seems to work... and worse, I'm not looking for the contraceptive benefits because I'm a gay woman, but simply to stop my periods.

The worst PMS on the planet

I have struggled with the worst case of PMS on the planet. I have quit hundreds of jobs, rocky relationships, ruined my own life all because of PMS. I WANT IT TO STOP! Up until a few months ago, I have never heard of using birth control pills to stop a period. No one ever told me not even my doctor! And I consider myself well-read, and have kept up on any PMS articles. Of course my doctors have been men, who don't take you serious when you tell them it is a debilitating problem. My significant other went to the doctors with me to convince him that I am a "bitch" while I'm PMSing out. I am 42 years old in good health except for the PMS problem. I have never had children, and it just gets worse the older I get. I cannot afford to keep allowing this screw my life up.

I can't believe it. My symptoms occur 10-12 days before my period ever starts! It ruins a large portion of my life. I have swollen, puffy eyes, I can't think straight, I make wrong decisions, ugly emotional outbursts, irrational thinking, purchases I have to return, overspending, quit jobs, extremely tired, cranky, crying, extreme emotional sensitivity, body aches all over, nerve pain, blank staring, that "not here" feeling. My body temperature drops, I'm cold, I have low blood pressure, and it dips even lower, sometimes get shaky. My teeth hurt, I get sores in my mouth or any kind of infection in my body flares out, abscess in a tooth, comes out in the gum, goes away after my period goes away. My breasts are extremely painful, can't sleep normally, pain in the back. The list is endless.

I've gotten to the point, I shut myself off from society, because I feel like Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde.

I do not want to be in any study, because I can't take the risk of getting the placebo!

Just starting continuous pill use

I just started my second pack of the new Loestrin 1/20 that I am taking without interruption. I started it on Sunday and I am having cramps again, but no bleeding. I am also having lower back pain and having a hard time sleeping which kinda always happens right at the beginning of my pills/period. But no bleeding and I feel better than I felt last month so I figure my body must be adjusting.

A boy friend seeking advice

Recently, my fiancé was having menstrual migraines and serious dysmenorrhea. Her OB/GYN suggested undergoing menstrual suppression, but gave her very little information on any possible short-term or long-term side effects. My finance skipped her first period last month by continuing to take her Desogen during week four. Ever since then she has been feeling "not herself". Her breasts are swollen and tender and she thinks her abdomen is somewhat bloated. We are both concerned that she may be pregnant, but she is extremely vigilant when it comes to taking her pills. She hasn't missed taking a pill, that she can recall, for many months. I believe that the changes she's experiencing are due to the newly implemented continuous hormone treatment, and not due to pregnancy.

What about hormone changes?

I have a couple of question regarding the physiological/hormonal side effects from taking the birth control pill continuously.

What about the hormonal changes that occur during the usual cycle? For example, increased irritability that occurs before my period, increased sexual appetite during ovulation and before my period. Obviously, I wouldn't mind losing the PMS, but would hate to decrease my sex drive during the usual times of the month...

©Dr. Leslie Miller, 2006