Depo help **Update**

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Depo help **Update**

Post by wilfred » Sun Dec 13, 2015 3:01 pm

So it's been 4 weeks of constant bleeding, and I'm over it. I can't see my gyno. He charges $250 for a visit, and with Christmas so close it isn't an option. I can't go swimming the kids and some days I'm so bloated I look pregnant. Any ideas?
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Re: Depo help

Post by AussieBritLu » Sun Dec 13, 2015 5:08 pm

No ideas unfortunately....massive hugs though......I totally get how frustrating and disappointing it is....I had a horrific time on Depo too.
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Re: Depo help

Post by Esther » Sun Dec 13, 2015 6:22 pm

Any Family Planning Clinics near you? I think their fees are less, and they should have lots of experience with various forms of birth control.
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Re: Depo help

Post by Nedsmum » Sun Dec 13, 2015 7:46 pm

Maybe you could see just the local GP and discuss, if they bulk bill then the cost will be small... but I also second the suggestion for the Family Planning Association. I found them extremely helpful with complex contraceptive issues...
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Re: Depo help

Post by freerange » Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:37 pm

The standard advice seems to be 'give it 6 weeks to settle'. But speaking from experience, just get your doctor to remove it for you. Praps make an appointment for after Christmas.

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Re: Depo help

Post by Mummy woo! » Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:06 pm

4 weeks is the pits. Sending virtual chocolate and cups of tea.

GP or FPA is a good idea. Hope you can get some advice and help soon.
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Re: Depo help

Post by wilfred » Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:41 am

Thanks guys. I should explain.

I had my tube clamped last year and have been getting depo to stop my periods. They have been excruciating and I hate it. My gp told me to see my gyno as he can only offer the pill, which doesn't work. I'm at a loss. I need a hysterectomy but it's too costly and I DD2 is too little and still needs me.
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Re: Depo help

Post by Esther » Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:41 am

Oh that sounds frustrating and painful. Hugs. Still might be worth a chat to FPA. That way you know you need yr gyno, or perhaps there's another option? In my totally non-medically trained opinion, it never hurts to ask!

Good luck. I really hope you can get something sorted out soon.
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Re: Depo help

Post by Yankee » Mon Dec 14, 2015 6:28 pm

That sounds awful hon. If it's about stopping periods, did you consider an IUD? They also tend to stop your periods but a lot lower dose of the hormones.
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Post by Nedsmum » Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:39 pm

It's also possible to take the pill constantly...and from my understanding it might also be possible to take the pill 'on top of' the depo... but you really need to speak to the doctor...I am sure you could phone the family planning association anyway and ask them what they can offer...
That said, I had shocking trouble with the IUD that has hormones in it, and I bled for 4-5 months, and had repeated Urinary tract infections as well. The third round of antibiotics were classic amoxycillin. They cleared the UTI and also somehow 'magically' solved the IUD problems...which makes me wonder if I had some sort of secondary infection going that was contributing to the irritation of the uterus...
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Re: Depo help

Post by Nedsmum » Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:42 pm

Oh, just checked. the family planning association have a helpline: http://www.fpnsw.org.au/talkline
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Re: Depo help **Update**

Post by wilfred » Sun Dec 20, 2015 3:43 pm

I was able to speak to my GP who has a great understanding thanks to my gyno of my gyno history. The only thing to left is to have a hysterectomy. I knew I would get one, one day, but I hoped to have one when DD2 went to school. I worry about no being able to do everything, it's not like we have anyone to help us out. DH has to work, afterall it's our business, he cant take time off. My mum works, and so does MIL. So we'll put up with my body's failings for a while yet.
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Re: Depo help **Update**

Post by Esther » Sun Dec 20, 2015 10:12 pm

Oh wilfred that sounds a very difficult position to be in!

I was wondering if you know any useful teenagers who might be able to be a mother's helper for not too much money while you recover? Possibly also worth asking the hospital about support services that are available in your area?

Good luck. I hope you can get the operation done earlier than you fear so you can start feeling much better soon.

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Re: Depo help **Update**

Post by Baby Blue Eyes » Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:36 am

Wilfred my mum had to have a hysterectomy for cervical cancer a few years ago and she was well and truly back on her feet within 6 weeks. She was actually feeling pretty good within 3 but took the extra few weeks before going back to work as a disable carer.
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Re: Depo help **Update**

Post by Nedsmum » Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:11 pm

I can only chime in and say that I have a couple of people I know who had problems and suffered for years! - the surgery was pretty intense, with a serious recovery (something to discuss with your support people and doctors)... but afterwards, they wished that they had done it much sooner!!

On the other hand, MIL regrets getting bullied into it in her late 20's as she felt it was pressure that she already had three kids...I think her ex-husband bullied her about it as well... but she did not have major medical issues, it was more for 'contraceptive' reasons, and it was a long time ago...she wishes she could have had more children...
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