Dr wants to put me on birth control -advice?

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hi. i am 43 and have had peri symptoms for a couple of years now. i just saw my ob for my annual check up and we talked about my symptoms. she recommended that i can go on birth control to alleviate some peri symptoms. i have never taken birth control and i am a little hesitant because of the potential side effects. i also asked her about bioidentical hrt but she said that is unreliable. for those who have used bc or bhrt, do you have insights? is one option better than others? thanks?

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    Hi there, I'm so sorry, it can be so frustrating I know. One thing I would advise is to stay away from the depo provera shot. I was prescribed it, had one shot and three years later I'm still recovering from horrendous side effects. Some people have great success with it but I feel its luck of the draw. Im so frustrated with drs there go to seems to be drugs!!! There is a young girl on Instagram @crystalkennings she is an absolute wealthpool when it comes to anything hormones and cycle related. maybe check her out before going down the pharmaceutical route. I hope you feel better! ๐Ÿ™

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    I started taking a low dose birth control and it has helped me a lot!!!

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    please do research before going on the pull. it isnยดt recommended. read: What your doctor doesn't tell youl about perinenopause .

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    I started taking a low dose birth control early 40's because my OB recommended it and I quit taking it last year. I'm 53 now and pretty much no bleeding at all and it really did help me. I don't remember many symptoms.

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    thank you all for your insights. will certainly check out all the resources!

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    Hi Zvo, This is a very PERSONAL & INDIVIDUAL DECISION...It depends on a lot of medical components, like, do you have all your lady parts, or have some been removed?is there breast, ovarian,cervical, uterine & other female cancers or disorders in your family, any prior heart issues, strokes or blood clots?? It can be confusing, there are birth control pills(its important to know if they have oestrogen & progesterone in them or just oestrogen)topical hormones, patches, bio-identicals, HRT(they can use multiple hormones in this treatment as well....ASK your Dr...what options are available to you, from THEIR advice, THEN, the best thing you can do, is find a reputable source online....write down specific facts about YOUR OPTIONS...then write PROS, CONS, SIDE EFFECTS & QUESTIONS to ask your Dr(even if you found an answer online) Like I said we are all different, I can tell you; my Mom suffered for 15yrs w/o anything, she had a terrible time....my sister-in-law used topicals & was happy after a few adjustments.... my other sister-in-law used patches and she was happy....I had a hysterectomy(32)...should have had that done at 18 LOL, two yrs later an ovary removed & bladder repair...so I had no risk of cervical/uterine cancer, my ovarian risk cut into 1/2, my option had some benefits for breast cancer prevention & plus HRT(estrogen only) keeps your tissues plumped up, fights osteoporosis & etc...but it has risks of blood clots, stroke & etc..etc..I was on it way longer than advised but, at 38 I thought I was losing my mind & I was too young for menopause....HRT was like magic for me, it saved my life, I had NO issues and after 17yrs, went off last fall, I am now having mild hot flashes here & there, night sweats sometimes but, totally manageable...I would NEVER advise ANY woman what to do about THIS CHOICE, do your research, talk to your Dr & Question them til they give you ALL your answers, then decide what's best for you...there is no RIGHT or WRONG and you can always try another treatment if one isn't working!! Good Luck and remember to take care of yourself, be patient....BEST WISHES๐Ÿ’’โ˜ฎ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐ŸŒˆโ™พ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ž

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