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Changing Pills?

Hi everyone,

Just wondering if anyone has changed from the combined pill to the progestogen only one?

I have all the symtoms of Endo (at what point can you say diagnosed if you've not had a lap I wonder?) and have been on the combined pill on and off for almost 10 years. I am very happy with it as although I have a few minor side effects, it controls the pain perfectly and I lead a relatively normal life. Having had to change doctors, I've now been told I cannot continue my usual pill as I am a migrane risk so I need to have the progestogen only. I'm a bit nervous and upset about having to change pills, go through the hormonal upset while my body adapts to the change and also running the risk that the pain will come back if it isn't the right pill for me. I'm also due to start a new job soon so naturally having days off due to pain isn't an option!

Basically if anyone has done this change do you have any advice to help the transition or for potential pain management?

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It is interesting that you say you have all the symptoms of endo but have been on the pill long term and it controls your pain perfectly. The danger with this is that the pill may well be masking your endo progression. If you are in the UK there is a very clear pathway and you are entitled to ask for a lap.


I did go down that route and was told the risks were too high and they seemed reluctant to let me book in for surgery. The consultation lasted a whole 5 minutes! I believe I have since moved close to a BSGE centre so I may push for a referal there later on - for now I am too upset and exhausted from spending months on a waiting list with my hopes up!


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