I'm sure this isn't the right board and I know we're not medical experts, but I"m looking for personal opinion. Does anyone have concerns about long term use of birth control? I've talked to my PCP and GYN before and they say there's "no risk" to long term use, as long into menopause, but I never feel that confident. I feel my GYN sort of brushes this off like "why are you even asking this question?" My biggest concerns are things like developing cancer or other major health risks (stroke, heart attack) due to prolonged use. Unfortunately my family isn't great about sharing long term family history, but I'm not aware of any major family history of any of these disorders. I don't smoke which is good, I know that increases risks. I don't plan on having children (hence the contemplation of remaining on some form of BC for a long time.)
I can't find any real medical evidence there is an issue with long term use. Do any of you ladies have concerns if you plan on or have been on BC for a long period of time, let's say more than 5 years at a time? TMI, I do feel the benefits I get (relief) from BC could outweigh the risk of long term use since I don't see a lot of information saying I'll have an issue. Thus far I've been lucky in finding a BC with side effects that are relatively manageable for what I would face without it. Again TMI ( sorry!) I did try going off of BC about 10 years ago now and had a terrible experience, I didn't last more than 6 months because it was just too much for me. I tried explaining that to my GYN, but she just said "now that you're older the issues you faced (which I explained to her in great detail) won't be as bad." I just don't know if that's true. I guess I'm really scare to go off of it too just to try it and then have to adjust to the medicine again if it doesn't work out again.
Thanks for your feedback. I will be sure to speak with my PCP and GYN next time I have a physical to make sure I'm clear with my concern. I know I should probably switch GYN's too if I'm not that comfortable with her advice, you have to find the right fit.