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Family planning

Combined contraception in my 40s?

4 replies

Faithsunshine · 03/05/2021 13:28

So... i have tried both coils and progeeterone only, which all make me feel blah. I have been relying on condoms but that is getting a bit boring.

I have been on the waiting list for sterilisation for 18 months now and cannot see me having surgery soon, due to covid unfortunately.

When i was younger combined always works very well for me, i am now in my 40s and keen to try again for contraception, moods, heavy periods. I am low risk and now aware CHC can be used until the age of 50.
Any of you in your 40s sucessfully continued with the combined pill? Helped with hormonal symptoms.

OP posts:
dementedpixie · 03/05/2021 14:38

You would need to not have high blood pressure, not smoke and not be overweight to get it prescribed. I had to use the mini pill and then the mirena coil due to being too heavy for combined contraceptives

Faithsunshine · 03/05/2021 14:46

Sorry i should have said this BP good, low if anything. BMI 27 and a never smoker.

OP posts:
MiniJellyBeans · 04/05/2021 23:33

Hi Faithsunshine. As demented says, whoever prescribes CHC for you in your 40's would need to ensure you had absolutely no cardiovascular risk factors - so, as well as being generally fit and well with normal BP, healthy BMI, a non-smoker etc as mentioned, also: no history of migraines, and no relevant family history in close relatives of conditions such as heart disease/strokes/DVT etc. If all these risk factors are excluded, CHC can be used up to age 50 and can have several non-contraceptive benefits, but a 20 microgram pill is recommended rather than the standard 30 micrograms.

WhereAreWeNow · 21/05/2021 19:09

Yes OP. I started on the combined pill at age 44 about 6 months ago. I went on it more to deal with heavy periods, terrible PMS and perimenopause symptoms, rather than contraception. It's been great for me. GP checked my weight and blood pressure first. I don't have any family history of breast cancer and I generally have normal to low blood pressure and I don't smoke and don't really drink.
It's been brilliant for me. I'm dreading having to come off it at some point.

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