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bestbefore1984
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Hi, this is kind of an embarassing question to ask but, around the time I began taking the pill (which was also around the same time I became sexually active), I noticed that it became difficult for me to have regular bowel movements. Is is this normal? I don't remember reading about that being one of the side effects of the Pill, but has anyone else experienced this?
Thanks so much. [Confused]

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Certain medication can cause more frequent bowel irregularity, and while it's not a common side effect, it's possible hormonal contraception could have some effect on you in that way.

However, other things in your life may be more likely suspect: how is your diet? Has it changed at all recently? How's your fiber intake (regardless of if it's changed)? How's your water intake?

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bestbefore1984
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that's the thing. I eat really healthy, all vegetarian and some vegan food, which is usually packed with fiber. For the most part I drink at least 2 bottles of water a day. Also, should I switch pill types or does this clear up on its own? I am currently taking orthotricyclin-lo. I had to eliminate most dairy from my diet when I started the pill because I noticed it caused an upset stomach when those foods never did before. Any replies are appreciated!
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Heather
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This suggests to me that your body is not digging the estrogens in the pill: both the dairy intolerance and the constipation.

I'd call into your doctor and ask about these effects and exploring a different pill or method.

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I started taking bcp and within a week or two my colon stopped working.. I have been going to specialists and was diagnosed with colonic inertia..which is practically paralysis of the colon...I am just wondering if you think it was the bcps that did it to me..I have had this for two years and now I have to have my colon removed.. I wish I could prove that the bcps started it and at least get a settlement or something..They didn't even list constipation as a side effect..please help me if you know anything about this..

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Heather
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BCPs causing colon damage of that level within one week is pretty much nigh unto impossible(and from what you seem to be saying, this has been an issue for years before you ever took the BCPs). One week of birth control pills isn't even enough to often provide hormone levels for it to be effective as contraception, let alone to cause a serious health problem like this. There are some medications which are listed as possible causes or contributors to your condition, but not BCPs. Those are: pain medications, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, laxatives.

What's more likely is that this was a building problem whose symptoms you just didn't experience, see or notice, and it was much more likely caused by things like the way you eat (or don't, if you have an ED or chronically diet or use laxatives), thyroid issues, or other existing health conditions.

So, trying to find someone to sue? Not really rpductive: sounds like it's much more productive for you to just investigate your options with this well and work on getting well.

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BCP didn't do this much damage all the sudden it has been over a period of time..but IT IS when the severe constipation started. *I never experienced constipation before I started the pill and my diet never changed..I wasn't taking any other meds not even tylenol for a headache.

I have been seeing some of the best specialist in the US so I know everything about what to eat, how many fluids to drink, exercise..the whole works..I have no health problems except this colonic inertia..I have been tested for EVERYTHING over these 2 years and still no reason as to why it suddenly stopped working.

I was just wondering if anyone has experienced this same problem..I heard that the company that makes the bcps that I took is doing a private study because this is happening to soo many women.

The damage has already been done and no matter what I try to do it won't help it just gets worse. I had never even taken a laxitive before this..I think anyone can understand my wanting to know what caused this..and if it is proven that the pills caused this (over a period of time)..I think I deserve money for the pain and suffering..having a total cholectomy is very serious and scary

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Of course it is.

And I'm completely supportive of anyone, if they have sound reason to think a medication has caused serious health problems, especially without any warning of risk, that a user of those holds the maker accountable (or the prescribing doctor, if he knew of a possible conflict per pill use and your conditions).

But.

One week of pills really isn't enough to cause any sort of major side effect, especially something like this where you already had a prexisting condition that IS the usual cause: and if you had colon problems for two years, it's likely you did have some level of constipation before. I've looked around a bit for anything linking BCPs and this, period (even though it'd be VERY unlikely to be an issue with a brand-new pill user), and I'm not finding anything at all to link them.

if YOU are, then by all means, talk to a lawyer and seek out their advice on if a case exists.

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Thank you for your help, I was just wondering if anyone else has had this same thing happen to them.

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Blake

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Heather
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We've never had this reported here over the seven years the boards have been running, and I've never been asked about it in email over the now nine years I've worked in this field.

But, by all means, we can leave this thread open in the case someone else has.

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