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    Iím 44 and have heavy periods for the past several years. On day 2 of my cycle I need to empty a Diva every 1-2 hrs. Sometimes day 3 is heavy too but then the rest of my cycle is fine. I mentioned this to my OB/GYN back in Nov and the fact that I had a Disney trip at Xmas, my period would be due, and thereís no way I could handle those crowds and lines and need a bathroom every few hrs. So she prescribed me a BCP. Iíve been on it since and while my periods are much much lighter and I appreciate that, Iíve also gained about 10lbs that I canít seem to lose. All in my butt and thighs. DH has a V many years ago so I donít need BC. Every month that I near the end of a pack Iím tempted to stop them and see if I canít shake this weight back off. Iím only 5í2Ē on a good day so 10lbs shows. I also am leery of hormonal BCP when I donít need it for its intended purpose. Should I stay on it or no?


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    lovin2shop is offline Sapphire level (2000+ posts)
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    I have the Mirena IUD, and I absolutely love it. On my second one actually. It is a much lower dose of hormones and I don't get periods at all. The first few weeks, I had some spotting, but it was still a relief compared to the PMS and heavy periods that I was experiencing. I know some people have hormone problems on IUDs, but for me it is so much better than BCP's.

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    SnuggleBuggles is online now Black Diamond level (25,000+ posts)
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    I wouldn't continue. I never liked BCPs anyway. I would have thought a Mirena would be a better bet if minimizing periods was your goal. If your trip and main need has passed, I would deal with the heavier periods or look into low dose BCPs (mini) or a Mirena.

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    My periods were awful after DS, so I got the nexplanon implement. I have had it for about two years and have only had about two very light periods. I have had no issues with weight gain. That being said, if you don't need birth control and don't mind your periods, you probably shouldn't continue BCP.

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    I wish I could do Mirena. Tried it after DD2 was born and spotted almost the entire 9 months I had it in.


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