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Which contraceptive pill for heavy periods(14 Posts)
Hi everyone, I'm 42 and since having my children I have experienced horribly heavy flooding periods.. I definitely don't want the coil, has anybody been on a contraceptive pill that stops periods or at least makes them really light please?
Thanks for any advice X
Most pills will make your periods lighter.
About 1/5 or more of women taking progesterone only pill cerazette will stop having periods. It is a question if discussing with your GP and then trying different options giving each one a few months to settle to see what suits.
Have you had bloods taken to test your thyroid gland and whether you are anaemic? Low thyroid can make periods heavier.
Why don't you want a mirena?
Mostly because I went with a friend while she had hers put in and she said she nearly jumped off the bed it hurt so much!
Thank you for the advice, I will get my thyroid checked now, I'm going to book an appointment with the gp tomorrow so will discuss options..
I hope it goes well tomorrow.
Sorry to hear of your difficultys. I am fortunate not to suffer with heavy periods but suffer with pain due to endometriosis.
I was previously prescribed mefanic acid which as well as helping the pain I noticed my already fairly light periods get lighter. The doc also teamed this with the contraceptive pill microgyonon (no longer available but under a different name leveste) to help ease endo symptoms.
This made them very light indeed (sorry if tmi) to just more brown discharge than anything.
If you are looking at it from a contraceptive point of view then tablets should be a good option. Teamed up with mefanic acid this should hopefully make everything much lighter.
I will of course say see what gp advises.
I can't think of a way to bring this up and don't think you should. It sounds as if you like her and she is good at her job. No one appreciates unsolicited advice , so I would wait. If she says anything then , fine, 'imo the playsuit is a bit skimpy for out and about wear' but if not I would just acccept that she makes different style choices than you!
Lol... I was wondering what that was about!
Thank you, It's good to hear your pain and periods are being eased by the tablets you are taking.
I went to the docs and he prescribed me a pill called rivegedon... I've stupidly googled this pill and somebody actually died taking it.. so now im going back to get cerazette. There seem to be horror stories about all the pills!! I do have traxemic acid which has been a god send but some months it doesn't seem to work and the flooding starts.. yay to being a 42 year old woman!!
I have the mirena coil. It takes a while to settle and I found it a bit u comfortable to have it inserted but it has been good for me in the last 4 years. Oh and it does last 5 years until you have to have another.
I've been taking the combined pill since I was 16 due to painful and heavy periods. That worked an absolute treat!
I've just started cerazette (progesterone only) and am hoping periods will now vanish completely - that's happened to several of my friends.
I found that Microgynon (another version of Rivegedon) didn't stop my periods, but did make them less painful and lighter. This is a combined pill (contains progesterone and oestrogen). Combined pills don't stop periods as women have a 7-day pill-free break, which is when they have a period. Combined pills do create a higher risk of blood clots and shouldn't be taken by certain people, which could be what you read.
Progesterone only pills can sometimes stop periods. These must be taken continuously everyday. I've found that Cerelle, which is just another version of Cerazette, stops my periods. It really does depend on the pill and the woman though as everyone will react differently. Might be just a case of seeing what works for you! It may take a few months for periods to regulate or stop though.
Alternatives to the pill include the Mirena coil or the implant which both contain progesterone. Both of these can make periods lighter or make them stop all together. Your doctor or nurse should be able to advise you on the pros and cons of all these options. I hope you find something that works for you soon.
Thanks all.. I went back to the docs and have now been prescribed cerazette, I've only taken 3 tablets but so far so good!
I was prescribed Naproxen for endo pain and flooding periods. It's worked a treat.