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    Default Update: Birth Control

    One of my first MTX posts was inquiring on non hormonal, reliable birth control options.

    I've since visited an OBGYN who gave me some IUD options. I chose the Mirena IUD
    Not only is it more reliable than having your tubes tied, but there is no oestrogen in it - it is progesterone only and localized.

    Better news is that after a couple of months of spotting, I won't have a period anymore until I have it taken out

    HOW CAN IT GET BETTER THAN THAT??? Especially since my periods seem to aggravate my flares

    I wanted to post this for other women needing reliable BC options that are taking chemo drugs and have been pregnant at least once.
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    I like the sound of this option. I thought an IUD was out of the question since my diagnosis but i will look into this now. May i ask what your Rheumy thought of this option? I was actually considering getting my tubes tied but i would prefer not to so this was great info for me! Thanks

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    My Rheumatologist orignally recommended an IUD. The BC options that cause issues for AI patients are usually ones that secrete oestrogen. The mirena IUD is a progesterone only IUD and most of the prog is delivered locally. There is a minute amount delivered systemically but my rheumatologist was very supportive as was my cardiologist.
    32 YO Wife, Mother and Advocate
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    Sounds like a great option. Thanks for the feedback.

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