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Good for you! Glad this got settled. So proud of you for standing up for yourself and talking to the doctor. Hopefully the doctor will work with the nurse practitioner in helping her realize she really is jeopardizing women's lives by her unprofessional behavior. I still think you should report her to the higher administration - because an official rebuke is the only way she will stop compromising on professional service delivery. But I leave that up to you and the doctor. You have certainly done your part by alerting the doctor to it.

Do follow your doctor's directions, and keep an eye out for the next cycle. Document how many pads/ tampons etc. to help your doctor understand the extent of bleeding.

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3/5/12 2:04 P

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Ok so I went to the doctor this morning. The gynecologist was able to see me and she gave me a pelvic exam to make sure I had menstrual bleeding and not something else. She also checked for signs of rupturing cysts. All that checked out fine and on a side note my bleeding actually came to a complete halt this morning. She insisted on testing for anemia again and they will call me if I need to take an iron pill. She said that this is perfectly normal for the first time on BC and asked me if I wanted to try one more month on this current BC ( it has the least side effects in her opinion) or try another one. I opted for one more month but if I have more bleeding I have to call her so she can switch it out.
Ok so the rude nurse. I told my doctor and she called her in to the room and had me repeat what I had just told her. The nurse just stood there shocked and my doctor went on to lecture her about ovarian cysts. Telling her if not treated they can grow to a size where I could lose my ovaries. Isn't family what's most important for Catholics well by her preventing me from getting help and other women she might be creating a situation where we may never be able to have children. The doctor also said that you cant leave hormones untreated for years get married then expect after a few months of treatment to get pregnant. It could take years to finally find a balance and that I should be starting it now so that four or five years down the road if I did want to start a family I would be ready. The nurse said nothing and when I was checking out she didn't even look me in the eye. I of course was an ass and was like "well even if you don't like me I still love you since Jesus said to love everyone even those that bully us." I was just being an ass I am not religious in the least be.

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Please don't let your religious beliefs or those of others make you feel bad for trying to help your body. I understand the religious aspect, but at the same time, with issues like PCOS the hormones are needed to get your body back in sync and running properly. BC is the easiest way to administer those hormones, otherwise you have to pay to get shots, and it can become very expensive.
Have you considered maybe for the reasons of health talking to another doctor else where? You don't need criticism from people when you are trying to make yourself healthy.
I know where you are coming from and I've been down that road before. If you have questions please feel free to ask, we can help you any way we can.


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3/5/12 12:38 A

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I am going in Monday and I will let the doctor know. If bible thumpers worried less about women's vaginas and more about actual social issues then maybe we could all get somewhere.

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I am so sorry you had to experience this. Definitely let your doctor and the administration know. A nurse should never make you feel that way, EVER.

One of the birth controls I tried did the same thing to me and my doctor just tried another one.

I'm from Oklahoma, bible thumping central. I have experienced bad looks and whatnot for years because I started birth control when I was 16 to help control my periods. Never mind that I have only had sex with one man, my husband. I still get the bad looks. It's frustrating and it used to make me feel like some horrible person, but I'm over it. I know I have to take these pills if I don't want to be using 12 pads a day and 2 overnight pads for 2 weeks every month. Or the cysts on my ovaries.


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Never had an issue with anyone in the medical side of things in regards to not liking one being on BC, but have heard plenty of people online upset over some of the US states that have laws or something on the book which allow pharmacy of all places to deny giving someone a BC script for what ever reason - to me that is just plain WRONG and immoral.

I know for me if someone told me I couldn't have X or shouldn't X because I'm "insert excuse here" I'd be calling the nursing board or what have you it was for who ever it was who gave me the guff plus phoning my local member of parliament and making a complaint about being denied my right to professional health care services and treatment.

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First of all, I surely hope that you get this figured out. Hang in there; you have my best wishes.

Birth control is a hot topic right now, and I wish that taking birth control for health reasons and not as a contraceptive was more a part of the discussion. I don't know about anyone else, but I have really not heard that come up much in all the talk and debate going on lately.

I'm a Catholic, and I am dishearted that some people would be judgemental or look down on someone for taking birth control. They should know that there are medical reasons to take that medicine besides as a concraceptive. And, in fact, I take it mysef because I was having infrequent periods and it has really helped me.

Just remember, that person who made that insensitive comment doesn't know you. You know why you are taking that medicine and you know the values that you live by and that's what really counts. Don't be afraid of taking care of yourself.

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Thanks for the response. I will start with the Ibuprofen right away. The clinic I go to see walk ins if you are an established patient so I think I will just take a personal day and go in on Monday first thing in the morning. I just counted how many pads were left in my current package so that added to the packs I used tell me how many I used. I don't feel weak or anything I am just concerned. We shall see.

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I am so sorry you had to experience this very unprofessional and unacceptable behavior from a nurse. But first things first. Call the clinic again and make an appointment to see your doctor for heavy bleeding related to starting oral contraceptive pills. Keep your cool and if the nurse gets nasty, calmly ask her name and tell her you are calling to schedule an appointment with the doctor, not her. Heavy bleeding can lead to other issues such as anemia, so do not ignore. If you cannot get to your doctor right away, take prescription strength Ibuprofen up to 2400 mg per day (200mg X 4 X 3 times). That should stem the bleeding while you are waiting to see the doctor. Keep a record of how many pads, tampons etc. you are using. Drink PLENTY of water (64 oz per day or more). Going to the emergency room is not a bad option if you are passing out/ experience dizziness. Make sure you have someone to drive you to the clinic.

Second, you absolutely should document your experience and report her/ him to not only your ob/gyn's office, but also your clinic administrator, and if needed, the nursing association where s/he is registered. This behavior is unacceptable, unprofessional and not helpful. Women take OCPs for different kinds of reasons and irrespective of reason, a professional who is uncomfortable with OCPs should not be working with patients, and instead refer you to somebody who can provide professional service.

Do not be intimidated by people in power who think they can silence you by being nasty. You have to take care of yourself, your health included. Keep your chin up, go see your doctor, refuse to be seen by that nurse if you have to - and file a written complaint if you have to, and take care of yourself.

I have PCOS and took oral contraceptive pills since I was 11 years old. Do not be afraid to take care of yourself.

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I have posted a few days ago about having a 14 day period on this board due to starting birth control for PCOS. Well after that went away for a few days I got my period again today at full blast. That's two periods in a month. So I called my doctors office. Now I go to a small Catholic based clinic, so when I called because my pills are making me so sick the nurse gave me this reply, " well that's what happens when you go on birth control and your not married." Wtf does that even mean. I have never had sex in my life. When I hung up I was so ashamed I cried for an hour straight. I come from a very conservative family and I have not told them about the birth control. I told my mom when she asked if I was taking care of my hormones I was on "hormone pills". I just feel like everyone in the world is against me using birth control and I just want to get my health in order. I don't want to be like my friend who had to get an ovary removed at 27 because of cysts.
Has anyone else had a similar issue? Should I write a letter to my gyno at the clinic and tell her what happened? Should I schedule and appointment because I'm "not feeling well" then tell my gyno or general doctor, "hey this is whats going on". I know everyone says just wait three months it will regulate but I feel like I was better off without the pills.
I had a similiar thing happen to me when I was younger and tried to get help. Back then I was living with my parents and my mother threw out my pills and said I didn't need to take care of my PCOS god would help me. Well god helps those who help themselves.
Please tell me if anyone has a had the same experience. I have really crappy insurance so my options are limited.

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