Sunday, June 3, 2012

Stupid BCPs

It's official: my back really freaking hurts. Like worst-period-in-the-world hurts. For days now. I've come to the conclusion, based on other "girl problems", that this is the result of taking BCP*. Oh joy. My body wants my period to start and we are artificially postponing it. It's like a freaking war.

Let me back up a bit. Because my period decided to start early 2 months in a row, we had to change when I start my BCPs. Especially since plane and hotel reservations had already been booked for IVF treatment to start in India. What this means is that I had to start BCP a week later AND have to continue with active pills for 28 days instead of 21 days. Yep - I knew my body would LOVE this roller-coaster.

When I was 15 my OB/GYN put me in birth control to help with severe period problems. Unfortunately, most of the time it created more issues. Over the years we tried various kinds, and I think we finally found one that worked, but then I stopped taking BCP and by the time I went back on we couldn't remember which one was the one that caused the least amount of symptoms. Pile on top my ADD** and I would forget to take my pills all the time, causing my period to be everlasting. Wheeeeeeeee! Needless to say, it's been awhile since I have taken BCPs.

So for the last few days I've been dealing with ever-increasing back pain. Having had cryoblation uterine surgery several years ago, this is one of the symptoms that I have not had to deal with much until recently. (I say recently because as my uterine lining has begun to grow back, so has my symptoms have begun to return in increasing degrees.) Nothing like this back pain though; it's been a good 5 years since I've had to deal with this. Holy crap. Any time I take a deep breath it's even worse. Basically I'm walking around not wanting to breath: no fun.

Add on the lovely headache and nausea I now feel every night and I am a barrel full of monkeys good time.
Wine would probably help, but I'm really trying to not drink right now before my IVF treatment. Plus I've only been awake for an hour...Drinking all day probably isn't the best plan for me right now.

I've  tried yoga and back massages (thanks hubby!!!) to no avail. Maybe some Ibubrofen will help. That used to give me some relief. Unfortunately it will do nothing for my tiredness, headache, and nausea that will come later today. Blerg. Given my propensity of having side effects with medicines, I'll bet my IVF treatment is going to be a hootenanny.

*BCP stands for birth control pills
** I still use the older term ADD to differentiate from the hyperactivity symptom most commonly associated with ADHD. 


  1. Good luck with your journey!! Like you, I have had a uterine ablation. I will be 40 next month and am currently in the middle of my 3rd ivf in one year. 1st one (mumbai-negative) 2nd (dehli-miscarriage 10 weeks), 3rd-dehli..outcome unknown....Be prepared to be a hormonal wreck!Especially if the bcp do that to you already!! Sounds like you have a good husband to lean on though!! We are also using an egg donor this time..Im tired, old and broke, lol...take care...will look forward to your updates!!

    1. Yea, I turned 40 in April - wheeeeeee. (ugh, lol.) This is our first try so I guess we will see what we see.
      My husband is quite wonderful, but I think hormonal things perplex him. I've warned him, so that's all I can do.
      If we have to use an egg donor then things become much more complicated because my husband is not a US citizen. We will either have to wait till he is or pay for everything in the US.

      Good luck on the 3rd try!!!


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