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Which contraceptive is most effective at STOPPING periods all together ???

(38 Posts)
IllegallyBrunette Sat 18-Oct-08 23:30:44

I know the injection is one, as I had it before, and swore i'd never ever have it again, but I cannot put up with this period pain any longer.

I am currently on the pill and only having a break every 3 mths because of the severe pains I get, but I have just had enough, I don't want the pain at all, I cannot function properly in this state.

If I don't reply it is because I have gone to bed with a hot water bottle.

INeedtoDrinkLess Wed 17-Apr-13 07:46:29


Madsometimes Tue 16-Apr-13 17:23:29

I would love to know the answer to this. I'm nearly 10 months into Mirena and still having quite heavy periods. Lighter than before but can still flood a pad in a couple of hours. Definitely not spotting.

I don't think any progesterone contraception will get rid for me. I'm a bleeder.

INeedtoDrinkLess Tue 16-Apr-13 13:41:30

has anyone out there switched from cerazette to mirena? that's what I'm about to do.

I am on cerazette (past 2.5 months) and bleed a lot on it. Will mirena be different? Please say yes, fed up with periods.

Chocaholics Tue 16-Apr-13 13:31:37

Cerazette. I have never had a period when using it and no other side effects either. Is brilliant as use to get bad period pains and heavy flow.

UtterflyButterfly Tue 16-Apr-13 12:15:43

I used a Mirena for years and had no side effects - mummytowillow what problems did you have? The first couple of months after it was put in I had some bleeding but it soon settled down, and my periods stopped completely after about 4 months. I think it was great, but a friend had heavier periods with it, so it's obviously not for everyone.

pmgkt Mon 15-Apr-13 21:11:36

Carezzete made me bleed constantly for months, but as I was feeding at the time I was a bit limited.

What reasons did they say for having the break every 3 months?

girliefriend Mon 15-Apr-13 21:02:06

Omg I have just gone cold reading that about the depo injection. I had it once and bled heavily for 3 months to the point of needing medication to stop bleeding. That was about 3 years ago now and I don't think my periods have ever been the same since.

Had no idea that it could effect my fertility sad I would like to think I could have another baby at some point.

Mamuss Mon 15-Apr-13 20:57:30

Cerazette works for me

mummytowillow Mon 15-Apr-13 20:54:19

Mirena, haven't had a period for years, BUT I'm having it taken out on Friday as I don't like the other side effects.

crushedintherush Sun 14-Apr-13 09:48:15

cerazette all the way for me smile

Been taking it for a few years with no breaks, never bled, never put on weight, no snapping peoples heads off at the time I would have been having a period, just brilliantgrin

Hope you find the right treatment for you smile

ninavetnurse Wed 10-Apr-13 13:25:17

Hey Im Maya 21, I am so glad i have joined this site.
Ive been reading that the mirena works well?

I am in this no trust atm because i have the nexplanion and i bleed, alot. Seriously now for 3 months, non stop... emotional, a wreck,.....

I just want somthing that i dont have this really off putting period or by luck none at all..

I didnt know that it would be this bad, even if i sound negative but omg!!! its all the time pads... :S

Seona1973 Mon 20-Oct-08 13:11:54

I put on tons of weight with the depo and bled constantly for months. I now use cerazette and havent bled for a year now.

mamadiva Mon 20-Oct-08 08:23:55

Again like other people DON'T USE DEPO!

It is used to chemically castrate sex offenders in the US so not good! I was put on the injection to stop very painful periods when I was 16, luckily I didn't have any probelms getting pregnant but I did end up with an allergic reaction which caused my Eczema mad as it sounds but the doctor did tell me that, and I put ona lot of weight.

I have had the Implanon implant for the past 2 years and it is fab, no side effects that I know of anyway!

eleanorsmum Mon 20-Oct-08 08:04:06

theothermarypoppins if you read this please email me your depo story. I am trying to gatehr enough to go to the press with to highlight the fact that doctors do NOT tell yuo that if you want more children you should not go onto the depo. fp nurses will tell you but usually when its too late!
i have been ttc no2 for 3 years (fell for dd staright away!) and had one mc this march. the more i find out about the depo and people who've used it the more angry i get that doctors are playing with peoples lives again! you can email me on keri dot bradley at tiscali dot co dot uk
hope to hear from you soon.

AttilaTheMeerkat Mon 20-Oct-08 07:38:01


I've used a hot water bottle myself in the past because of severe period pains.

Has anyone ever tried to establish the underlying cause of the severe period pains rather than just throwing pills at the problem?.

Has endometriosis ever been mentioned to you as a possible cause; that can certainly cause severe period pain. If you haven't already done so I would insist to your GP that you are referred to a gynae asap.

janmoomoo Sun 19-Oct-08 22:20:44

I had the depo injection but I just had constant spotting. No proper period but bleeding very lightly every day. Was not a feasible option for me. Stopped after six months. So others are right that these things work differently for different people. I guess you have to try them and see what works for you.

pucca Sun 19-Oct-08 21:19:18

I am on cerazette, and my periods have completely stopped, bliss!

cheshirekitty Sun 19-Oct-08 21:18:22

A mirena coil can be taken out at any time. It has a life of 5 years, than becomes ineffective (has progesterone in it).

So, you could have a mirena put in say next week, meet a new man a few months later, decide you want a baby and go and have the mirena out.

Mirenas are only effective for 5 years, so if anyone has had one in for longer, it is time to go to the docs and get a new one put in.

IllegallyBrunette Sun 19-Oct-08 20:45:56

In answer to the questions asked, yes I would like another baby, however, I am single and thats not likely to change soon, so having another baby may never happen anyway.

The only reason I am having a break after every 3mths of taking the pill is because I was told to. Othewise I would take it non stop, although oddly, I still get period pains then, when my period should have been due.

When I had the injection before, it did take ages for my periods to come back, and about 6mths for me to get pregnant.

I was told to not have the mirena, if I might want another baby within the next 5 years.

Reading this, I think the implant might be worth looking into.

IllegallyBrunette Sun 19-Oct-08 20:41:07

Completely forgot that I had started this thread, sorry.

Going to read through the replies now.

emma1977 Sun 19-Oct-08 12:07:41

I don't think I would consider hysterectomy or an ablation as contraception.

Regarding methods- they all involve constant progesterone either in the form of pills, implants, coils or injections.

Cerazette mini-pill, implanon, mirena coil and depo all result in a lack of periods in 30-50% of users. Of the remainder, 30% will have significantly lighter periods or the occasional bit of spotting.

If I were you, I would give cerazette a go first for a few months to see if the hormones suit you without committing to something that involves a procedure or is less easily reversible. If that helped, then you may wish to proceed with a mirena or implanon. You can still use other methods for lightening periods (e.g. norethisterone) at the same time as all of these methods of contraception without it reducing the effectiveness.

Good luck.

monkeymonkeymonkey Sun 19-Oct-08 11:35:57

Mirena or implanon are probably the best choices if you dont want depo provera.

moopymoo Sun 19-Oct-08 11:28:25

yep mirena works here too. seems to be a love it or hate it thing though many dont get on with it.

TheOtherMaryPoppins Sun 19-Oct-08 11:28:03

Also with depo, there are jsut as many pople who constantly bleed as those who don't and ther's nothing you can do to reverse it, lik with mirena or implant you can have them out asap.

You can take the pill constantly if you want to.

TheOtherMaryPoppins Sun 19-Oct-08 11:26:48

"scaryfuckerdepends if you want more children

yes- depo provera injection

no- endometrial ablation or hysterectomy

that should probably read differently regarding if you want children in future go for depo - ime don't. Please don't anyone get depo without reading all the stuff you can find out about it first. I've been left needing IVF because of fucking Depo. Not to mention all the other side effects which don't involve fertility, depression, osteoporosis. Don't just think about the here and now OP, think about the long years ahead.

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