I’ve had so much going on lately and so much to do that I don’t think I mentioned that I went to see my family doctor last week.
As many of you know I have Crohn’s Disease and it’s been so bad that I’ve been off work, on medical leave, for more than two years. Well, about two years ago I also found out that I have Endometriosis as well. This isn’t a good combination because the Endo can spread throughout the abdomen and there might be some on my bowels, thus causing even more pain for me to go through.
Chris and I have been trying to have a baby for years – I don’t think the Crohn’s is helping on that front for a variety of reasons, so as a result of our efforts to get pregnant I hadn’t pursued any of the medical options to lessen my Endometriosis other than having a laparoscopy two and a half years ago to burn away some of the endo tissue.
Well .. I’ve finally had enough pain. My endo has gotten worse and worse over the last few months. Either that or something else is going on! So I saw my family doctor a few weeks ago and she suggested I try going on Depro Provera for a while, perhaps a year. It’s a form of birth control that’s administered by injection every 10 to 14 weeks. Other than preventing pregnancy it’s also been found to be quite helpful to those that suffer from Endometriosis.
So that’s what I saw my family doc about last week. I picked up the medication at a pharmacy and then made an appointment with my doctor to get the injection.
I probably won’t know if it’s helping until my next period or possibly the one after that. Unfortunately that’s when I have the most pain and of course the medications that I take at that time usually get my Crohn’s going so the week after is horrible due to my Crohns.
My abdomen was much more sore than usual over the past week. That might be a side effect of the Depro Provera. It seems to be easing off a bit now though. I hope it is anyway! Hopefully I don’t get any other side effects from the medication like maybe a severe acne outbreak or something like that. LOL I’m already on enough meds … I don’t need to add acne treatments to the daily routine too!
Are any of you using Depro Provera as a form of birth control or to relieve symptoms of Endometriosis? Any strange side effects? If you’re using it for Endo has it helped and if so, how long did it take before you noticed a decrease in your pain or other symptoms?