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    Anon_28855 posted:
    Hi,

    I'm 47 years old and was just recently diagnosed with adenomyosis, it is in the mild stages right now. I've also been told that I'm a way's off from menopause. I was thinking of taking the mini pill to help with some of the symptoms I have been suffering from. I don't feel comfortable with get an IUD and I don't want to take an estrogen fueled birth control pill. I also have a fibroid and just recently had a polyp removed. How safe is the mini pill? Are there any major cons to taking it? I know everyone has a difference reaction to it, but was just wanting to see how if affects others.

    Thank you
     
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    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear Anon_28855,
    A progesterone only pill (aka mini pill) is quite reasonable in this situation and may well help. Don't forget, the easiest way to think about adenomyosis is that it is really endometriosis stuck into the muscular wall of the uterus. (and one of the first hormonal treatments for endometriosis many years ago was Depo Provera (progestin). You did mention that you were concerned about the IUD-the Mirena IUD (progestin coated) has been used very successfully for over 25 years (it was used in northern Europe for years before it was introduced here) and there is considerable experience with folks using it for adenomyosis. So you might want to read more about it and reconsider. But the progestin only pill is a very sound choice.
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane
     
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    Anon_28855 replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
    Thank you so much!


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