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Pill Question

Does the pill only help endo symptoms if it stops your periods? I still get regular periods and would ideally like to come off the pill and after a negative lap, now seems like a good time. I'm still in some pain, but I've been on the pill for 4 years so can't see how it would be more painful off it but you never know. Does it help in more ways than just stopping periods?

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Hi katecurlyfries

I've read that the pill helps in endo by reducing growth of endometrium the lining of the womb) - not just by stopping periods.

Mrs P

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Hi Kate

It’s my understanding that it has to be back-to-back pill for endometriosis. So no break between tablets/packs. This also means that if you’re on one of those pills with the 7 dummy pills, then that’s not a back-to-back pill for endo. I would check with your GP about the pill you’re on as they should be able to advise on this.

Hope this helps x

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What Rach said. You need to be on a back to back pill like cerezette which has no break through bleed. That really worked for me.

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I'm on cerazette but still bleeding regularly on it, and it's honestly been the pill from hell for me. I'm going to the doctors in a minute to see about coming off everything for a break but am worried that it would make the pain worse even though there was no endo found at my lap last year x

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If it's not working for you then come off. Different strokes for different Folks.

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Yeah, I just worry about being off something completely but honestly can't handle the thought of changing hormones right now, pros and cons I guess

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How comes your getting your period with cerezette? Do you take it back to back with no break?

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Yeah,bang on same time every day ad been on it about a year and it's always been the same, my periods are every two months but I spend one month of that in agony like my body really needs a period, full womb feeling, hair falling out, spotty and horrible cramps and then my periods last for about three weeks, it's horrible

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Oh my. But you say the lap didn't show any endo? How about pcos?

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Nope, was told everything ws perfectly normal and discharged from all gynaeo services x

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just started cerazette after sugery - 2 chocolate cysts rom each ovary, adhesions and a fibroid - I am on month 2 and been told that I can get irregular periods or none at all. I came on this morning. If you're in pain though, that's not normal, go till they check everything. Small adhesions in the abdomen can't be seen on scans most times :/

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Yeah she told me to take a small break like I wanted amd then go on a combined pull without a break again, idk she seems to think not being on it wil affect my fertility

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I hope it helps!

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