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Forum: "Middle Age" 40-60(ish) Years Old With Breast Cancer —

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Posted on: Jul 7, 2013 05:16PM

kap wrote:

I spent years using birth control pills until my diagnosis. I am 41 and definitely do not want any more children. My gyn recommended an IUD or essure. Anyone have experience with either of these? Looking for input.

Dx 1/17/2013, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 2 Surgery 3/8/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 7, 2013 05:52PM Moderators wrote:

Until other members reply to your thread, Essure and IUDs are mentioned in several threads here on the boards - just use the Search feature and type it as your keyword to link to where they have been discussed.

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Aug 19, 2013 02:03AM snorkeler wrote:

I also was on the pill/patch for many years and had to stop after my diagnosis. I decided on an IUD (Paragard, the copper one with no hormones) and I'm very happy with it. Since you've had children the insertion should be no problem. I've never had children so when the doctor said there would be some "cramping," I didn't know what she meant until she put it in, but it wasn't bad. I don't feel it at all, it lasts for 10 years, and you can have it removed at any time if you don't like it. I think essure is permanent, but I'm not sure. Hope my experience is helpful to you.

Dx 1/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast
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Oct 29, 2013 01:31PM JimmieBell wrote:

I had an IUD an Essure procedure, where the fallopian tubes are blocked with an expanding barrier. The non-hormonal IUD was great but I was suprised how much freer I felt once completely sterile. Didn't even know the fear of unwanted pregnancy was there til it left.


Dx 2008, LCIS, Stage 0, 0/0 nodes Dx 12/2012, ILC, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/9/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 4/17/2013, ILC, 3cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 4/25/2013 Avastin (bevacizumab) Chemotherapy 4/25/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 2/28/2014 Afinitor (everolimus)

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