I had a heart transplant and have liver disease...I was wondering if any females can recommend a good birthcontrol pill that doesn't affect your liver? I was just on Depo shot, but have to go off of it.
I had a multivisceral transplant which included receiving a new liver over five years ago. I have been put on a birth control medication because I am too underweight to have a period on my own and I need the estrogen for my bones. I am currently taking 28 day Sprintec without problems and was on Mononessa for awhile. These both have norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol and are considered the generic equivalents of Ortho Cyclen and Desogen. It was just the insurance's decision to switch the generics. I hope you can find one that works well for you and does not affect your liver. Many hugs.
What kind of liver disease? Oral contraceptives are what caused my liver disease in the first place (confirmed through a study with the Centers for Disease Control). After 28 years of pain (and hemorrhages and resections), I was finally listed for transplant. Nine years ago this coming Tuesday, I received the gift of life, for which I am so very grateful. I would recommend great caution regarding oral contraceptives. You should ask a hepatologist about it (not just your family doctor or gynecologist), as I have been told that all estrogens affect the liver, including the patches. (Even though it is sometimes said that transdermal patches bypass the liver, that information is highly debatable.) We need to do everything possible to protect these precious gifts! :) Believe me, I really miss estrogen, but if having it means more liver disease, I am content to be without it. Best of everything to you ...
I had a liver transplant two years ago however my doctor won't allow me to take any birth control or any type of hormones. Maybe you should check with your transplant doctor to see if it is ok for you to take in the first place.
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