I am 35 years old, living with stage IV Endometriosis, possibly adenomyosis and struggled with infertility for almost 4 years. I also struggled with PPD and now struggle with PMDD. I am a mother to a son that was born at 18 weeks and too precious for this earth; and now a mother to a son born in August 2011. By journaling here, I hope to benefit both for myself and for others that are dealing with this disease and fertility struggles. Thanks for visiting!





Saturday, February 7, 2009

Loestrin?

Loestrin will apparently be my BC prescription until the surgery. It has been so long since I've been on BCP, and, to tell you the truth I am not at all excited. I've never heard of this pill. Anyone? I just looked it up. Looks like it's part progestin like I took with Lupron as my add back (norethindrone acetate) and something called ethinyl estradiol. Interesting. I need to call and ask if they want me to be taking this continuously, or, as indicated. It has only 4 days of sugar pills, instead of the regular 7 in the days of old.

I found out yesterday my surgery is first thing in the morning (hooooray, give me those fluids!!) and my pre-op is set. Everything is set and ready to go. Now, just waiting on my period. It should grace me with it's presence sometime next week...the cramping has started to ramp up already and just the normal, everyday icks. I really hope this surgery can help those gross feelings go away for longer this time. A girl can hope, right?

12 comments:

Kischa said...

I think my surgery helped out a lot, because before I used to be sick everyday. I don't even get kick ass cramps anymore.

I hope you get some relief afterwards.

Alex said...

Glad you have everything set for your surgery, although I wish you didn't have to do this again... :( I've been on Loestrin before and it worked relatively well. I eventually needed something stronger (Ovcon35/Femcon) but that stuff made me soooo sick. If I ever go back to BC pills long-term, I'll be asking for Loestrin! Good luck, I hope you have a good experience with it!!!

erin said...

is it loestrin 24? cause i was on that before the wedding..but it was expensive..so i switched.

517Butterfly said...

I tried Loestrin before and I didn't tolerate it well at all! But hopefully it will work for you! I hate that you are having surgery again but hopefully it will make things so much better for you!

My Endo Journey said...

I guess Erin...hmmm. I haven't picked it up yet...

Thanks Alex and Butterfly on your feedback. I'm so not excited about being on the pill again!!!

That is very reassuring Kischa!!! It would be nice not to wake up so gross everyday!

Jeanne said...

I took 10-11 kinds of BCPs over the years but can't remember them all. I haven't been on BCPs in several years now.

I'm pretty sure this is one of the brands I was on. I can't remember which pill is which this many years later, I'm afraid.

I think this was one of the "better BCPs" for my body. I'm pretty sure.

I am sending positive thoughts your way for your surgery!!!

Jeanne

ReadyGo said...

I'm not sure about this pill, I'm starting Lo-Ovral right now. But it sounds like others have liked Loestrin!

I tagged you on my blog, just wanted to let you know :)

Hope you're doing alright!!!
Amy

Christa said...

I hope everything goes well for you and that the surgery gives you some hope for the future! I was on mexoprogesterone (just progesterone) bc pills before the surgery and wasn't supposed to get my period, but I did, for 8 days. So I just went off of it after the surgery. My decision. Things may change after the surgery for you, your OB may tell you to take something else!
Good luck 10 times over!

Christa said...

I also wanted to answer your question about my endo coming back. The pain came back about six weeks after I gave birth full on, worse than it was before, but it was mostly on my right ovary where I had a 10cm tumor once, so your endo may not come back as fast after. When I had my recent lap, my doctor said that my uterus looks better now than it did before. He said pregnancy really does wonders. I hope it happens for you soon, I know how hard it is to wish...

Melissa Ralston said...

Just a thought here on something to keep in mind...

If you're going into your surgery while on bcp, there is a higher chance that they are going to miss endo cells as they can become more dormant and difficult to detect while on hormonal treatments. My endo specialists have always recommended that I stop taking the treatments at least 3 months prior to surgery in order to have the most effective lap.

Did you decide on whether you were going through the CEC or not?

Kelly said...

I hope the surgery helps. I never liked being on the pill - it always made me moody. Hopefully your doctor is doing all the right things to help your surgery be a success.

BTW - you won a contest on my blog for a Crabtree & Evelyn hand cream and mini-manicure set. Send me your address so I can mail it to you.

Kelly at twinpeas.com/wordpress

bjones079 said...

Wow, I am shocked to hear you say that you are into a certain stage of endometriosis.I was never once told that endometriosis has stages! Im quite disturbed(but thankfull) to hear this from a stranger online rather than my OBGYN! I had to have my left ovary removed 2 years ago due to endometriosis and cyst. But either way, i'm so gratefull to you for sharing your story because I have been so miserable lately. To the point where I don't even want to wake up at all. I was told though my endometriosis does not match up with my pain level. WHAT?!!! That confuses me because I thought the patient had to tell the Dr. how much pain they are in. Not the other way around. I'm kind of at odds with my Dr. right now anyway because I don't feel like I'm getting a good understanding of what I'm going through or what it is! I feel so depressed, I'm sick all day, I cramp like I've started contractions(or PMS x10), and I just hate my life right now. I am 29 and have a 9 year old. I'm married and would love to get my life back! I try to do some research but I have never really been to good on the computer. Do you have a website you know of to learn more about this awful endometriosis?