Pretty much every GP and Gynae I've seen over the past year has suggested the coil as a treatment for my (as yet undiagnosed) symptoms.
After many many appointments I've managed to push for a diagnostic laparoscopy and it's just been scheduled for 3 weeks time.
I know they often suggest putting the coil in when they do the surgery, but I'm just not sure about it, I've read and heard so many awful stories about it.
I used to take Cerazette, and it stopped my periods, which was great, but I had some side effects, some of which stopped when I stopped taking it(recurrent UTIs, almost daily headaches). But some of them never went away and I now realise they are in fact probably symptoms of endo (pain during sex, IBS like symptoms, fatigue).
So, since Cerazette did not cause all the symptoms I thought it was causing, I am now wondering whether I should try going back on it after I have my lap...my thought is that I know that Cerazette stopped my periods before(which would surely help reduce my endo symptoms greatly), whereas the coil is a complete unknown for me.
I'm just wondering if anyone has had similar experiences, or has tried both and whether they had different experiences on each of them?
I know they are both progesterone releasing contraceptives, but I have read they have different doses of the hormone, and also that the coil is a much more localised treatment whereas the pill releases the hormone in to your blood stream, so it seems to me that they are potentially quite different treatments?
I'm trying to make some sort of decision on this before my post op assessment next week, so that I can tell them what I want so that they don't just go ahead and put the coil in.
Of course maybe I could just tell them I don't want to make a decision until I know the results of my surgery. All of my experiences with doctors so far have made me feel like I really need to be prepared to fight my own corner at all times!
Any input would be very much appreciated