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Which pill shall I take after my lap?


Hi Endowarriors!

This is my first post on here, but I was officially diagnosed with Endometriosis in November 2017 after 6 years of suffering on and off.

I had my first laparoscopy privately through BMI Healthcare on 27th February 2018, and I had Endo tissue removed from my pouch of douglas, my uterus, my bladder and the ligaments on the right and left sides (I cannot for the life of me remember the names of the ligaments!)

I then had my first post-op period on 20th March to 26th March, and I found the pain absolutely excruciating. I expected the first post-surgery period to be bad, but I didn't expect it to be AS BAD as my periods had been pre-surgery, so I was very upset.

When I woke up from my lap on 27th February and my surgeon was explaining the findings, I asked if I should consider going on the contraceptive pill to manage my symptoms, and he said "no, I don't think so, let's just see how you get on". However, after my first post-op period and the pain that I experienced, I went to see my lovely GP to get his advice.

I was on Yasmin contraceptive pill for a few years up until early 2017, and I did find this to relieve some of my Endo symptoms (periods were less painful, bleeding was lighter, no pain during sex (but absolutely no sex drive!)), so my GP prescribed me with Lucette and off I went.

Earlier on today, I was just doing some research on the contraceptive pill to see how long it takes for you to be protected (I'm not sure why I was curious - my partner and I have not been able to have sex for around 6 months, and we still haven't since my lap), and I discovered that pills like Lucette and Yasmin contain both hormones oestrogen and progestin. I have read some posts on here from women saying that Yasmin and Lucette have helped their Endo symptoms, like Yasmin did mine, but doesn't oestrogen fuel the growth of Endo tissue?!

I would just like to know if I would be better off trying a mini pill (progestin only), for example, Femulen, Micronor, Norgeston or Noriday?

I look forward to receiving some advice, and thank you all in advance xxx

3 Replies

better off*** sorry!

Ooh you had your op around the same time as me - I was 28 February. I have just been prescribed decapeptyl as my pain just hasn’t subsided. My period was a nightmare too - but admittedly no worse than normal. I was expecting to be put on the pill or coil.

I also thought that oestrogen fuels endo but I’m sure someone more knowledgeable than me will be along soon.

If you’ve had your lap done privately it might be worth emailing your consultant to check? Mine saw me at 24 hours notice when my GP flagged that my pain hadn’t gone.

Best of luck xx

el_ex in reply to Kangalou

Hi Kangalou, thank you for your reply.

I had the coil fitted a few years ago (before I was diagnosed with endo) and I passed out on the table from the pain! The coil had to be taken out the same day and they couldn't understand why, but my doctor now thinks it was sitting on an inflamed area of tissue, which caused more pain! Horrendous :(

My consultant charges £160 per appointment unfortunately. I have a free follow-up in June, so I may ask if I can see him earlier. Thank you so much for your help xx

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