5:24 am - 08/23/2017

I have started seeing a new doctor and she is recommending that I…

I have started seeing a new doctor and she is recommending that I stop using the pill for birth control and allow myself to go into menopause. She things it will lower my blood pressure so I won't need any medication. I am 52 and have been on the pill for about 11 years. I then scheduled and appointment with a GYN and was given all the options of bc out there, but she could not tell me what would happen once I stopped taking the pill. Both Doctors just shrug and say everyone is different, but in such a way that I feel things may not be pleasant. I am worried about this as I have a job with no real sick time and an open floor plan so there is no privacy for when you are not feeling your best.

Would anyone share their experiences? I know that I eventually have to come off, but I had hoped with a better job with flexibility and not be in such an uncompromising place.
chesneyj 24th-Aug-2017 02:33 am (UTC)
Oddly, I am about to turn 50 and have just been put back on birth control to help with heavy and LONG periods. I had a tubal 11 years ago when my twins were born and my cycles turned heavy and painful. I am on the generic for Yaz now and it is helping with my blood pressure. I have been on HBP meds since I was 31 (the wonders of genetics, not diet/weight). It has been creeping up lately so I have to get it back down. The Yaz generic seems to help.

When my doc put me on it, he recommended it only for 2-3 years. Do you know your family history? When did other women in your family start menopause? Most of the women in my family had hysterectomies so I don't have a lot of data to go on. See if you can find a pattern (if it is even possible) then plan your next few years. Most women seem to start menopause in their early 50's and prolonged BCP use can increase cancer chances.
ravena_kade 25th-Aug-2017 03:04 am (UTC)
my Mom was in her mid 40s when she started menopause but it lasted almost 7 years . She had migraines, back aches, and her period became erratic, heavy and painful. She did not work, but if she did she would have had a problem.

I have 3 cousins that needed to have ablation procedures. They started menopause in their late 40s. One of them bled for 3 years straight and became anemic. She had to drop her employer provided healthcare and buy a more expensive one to even have the option of the procedure.

I just find it odd that I can't get anything from the doctors but a shrug... My insurance may not even cover the tubal and I do not have sick time at my job. I am worried that this may make things difficult for the next few years.
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