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    Best birth control if you have hemorrhoids
    An_248291 posted:
    Dear all,

    I went to a somewhat reliable doctor a while back and she told me that I couldn't take any kind of birth control if I had hemorrhoids, or if I am prone to getting this true?? I want to protect myself from getting pregnant but I don't want to jeapordize my body in the process.

    Thank you soo much for your help.

    Confused lady
    inohemi responded:

    If there is a preferable birth control pill or method I would immensily appreciate including that method/product in your response. My boyfriend has even considered a vasectomy so that we don't get pregnant!!! Help please.

    Confused lady (again)
    georgiagail replied to inohemi's response:
    Having hemorrhoids (or being prone to get them) is not a reason not to use any type of birth control. Birth control does not cause nor worsen hemorrhoids.

    Birth control tends to be very accurate at preventing pregnancy when used accurately.

    inohemi replied to georgiagail's response:
    Thank you so much for your quick response. The doctor told me that the hormones in birth control would make my hemorrhoids worse. I actually starting having hemorrhoids after I took a birth control injection, those that keep you from getting pregnant for 3 months!!! so I was wondering if this had anything to do with it and she said it did!?!?!?!

    Now I will be much more careful about going to her for my medical needs.

    Thanks again!!!
    inohemi replied to inohemi's response:
    Hi Georgia,

    I did some more research and I found this:

    Any thoughts??
    inohemi replied to inohemi's response:
    Here is more that talk about the role of progesterone and hemorrhoids. Some birth control has higher levels of progesterone than others.
    inohemi replied to inohemi's response:
    and this one:

    any feedback would be great
    georgiagail replied to inohemi's response:
    IF the birth control pills (or pretty much any lifestyle habits) tend to cause constipation, this increases the chances of getting hemorrhoids. It's the constipation that is the cause.

    However, there are...literally....millions of women who take birth control pills and they don't all get hemorrhoids.

    In addition, there are many different types of birth control; if you and your boyfriend remain concerned condoms are certainly a very effective form of birth control and far less permanent than a vasectomy.

    An_248291 replied to georgiagail's response:
    Yes constipation is generally a grave cause of hemorrhoids so if the hormones cause constipation then that is an important contributing factor to hemorrhoids. I understand that hundreds of women who take birth control pills dont get hemorrhoids but it is a factor that women who have digestive problems already, some because of hereditary reasons and some because of lifestyle choices, like me need to consider.

    So, I am going to stick with non-hormonal birth control methods or birth control pills with as low a progestin level as possible. Just a tip for everyone, there are two types of birth control pills some that are estrogen/ progestogen and others that are progestogen only. The progestogen-only birth control shots/pills were manufactured to avoid the estrogen side effects (which can be pretty nasty) but in my case it is, i believe, the culprit of the hemorrhoids since they only showed up after I took Depo-Provera which is a branded progestogen-only contraceptive (the three month shot) which was pretty much a progestogen bomb in my body !!! And no matter how much I ran, ate papaya and fiber and drank water it did not go away until the hormones left my body.

    I guess you learn something new every day. Thanks for responding Georgiagail
    kaelynethan responded:
    There are hemorrhoids treatments are available on internet which can be done in privacy of home. Go deep in WebMD forum its one the great forum to find home remedy and if you serious problem with hemorrhoids I suggest you should consult Doctor.

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