Celiac.com Sponsor (A1):


Join eNewsletter


Celiac.com Sponsor (A1-m):



Join eNewsletter

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

teamworkjr

gluten-free Birth Control Pill?

Recommended Posts

Has anyone found a birth control pill that is confirmed gluten free by the manufacturer? I recently tried Zovia which is on many gluten-free lists but which the company cannot confirm is gluten-free ("we don't put gluten in but can't be sure about the manufacturers we get our ingredients from"). Thought it was the usual "cover our ass" response, but be aware, Zovia is definitely NOT GLUTEN FREE! My doc wants me to start a new brand tomorrow and suggested Yaz, but again cannot get confirmation from manufacturer that it is in fact gluten-free. Please help! Need to be on pill for medical reasons - ovarian cancer and osteopenia protection. Can anyone offer any guidance? Thanks!

Jennifer

dx 1/07, gluten free since 1/07 but first negative antibody test in 5/08 after giving up Zovia! :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Celiac.com Sponsor (A8):

Celiac.com Sponsor (A8):


I'm on Yasmin and have been for years which has been confirmed gluten free. Your gyno should know the answer to this or should at least be willing to call and find out which pills are gluten-free.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i've been taking Zovia for years now (used to be Demulen before they discontinued it) . i haven't had any problems since going gluten free a few months ago.

just wanted to share my experience...


5/23/2008 - blood positive for antibodies

6/24/2008 - negative biopsy

8/11/2008 - DQ2 gene present

7/1/2008 - gluten-free

(and dairy-light until 12/1/2008)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I use the Nuva Ring and love it! You don't have to take a pill everyday and you can rotate it so that you only have four periods a year!


Gluten Free 10/11/08

Negative Blood test 08/08

Positive Biopsy 10/08

No family members diagnosed...but Symtoms seem to be the same.

Father- Diverticulitis

Paternal Grandmother Died from Colon Cancer when she was 38.

If you're going through hell, keep going.

-Winston Churchill

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

here is the list of pills I have been on (all gluten-free as per manufacturer): yaz, portia, femcon FE, loestrin24 FE, Seasonique, and now nuvaring


Gluten Free since 10/07

Mildly Lactose Intolerant, slight intestinal symptoms after eating milk products, but easily corrected with lactase enzyme

Endometriosis- DX'd 5/07

Gluten Antibodies- "negative"...don't know exact numbers, am highly suspicious...

DXed celiac 12-19-07 via genetics/elimination diet- DQ2 allele

Brother with Celiac, aspergers...his tests were all negative (he didn't have genetics done), including endoscopy, but he definitely is at the least gluten intolerant...highly suspect my mother has it as well- she has hyperthyroid, fibromyalgia, hemochromatosis, and now colon cancer, and she has been weak and exhausted and just generally sick. She's going to get tested.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I confirmed with a chemist at Watson Pharmaceuticals that Reclipsen is gluten-free as well. It uses corn-based starches as filler.


Dx wheat allergy, possible Celiac disease. 

Dx Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome with wheat as a trigger. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm now on Ortho Tri-Cyclen -- I was on the generic version (TriPrevifem or something like that) and the manufacturer said there was no gluten in the ingredients BUT they couldn't confirm it was gluten free. So back to the name brand which costs much more. My pharmacist is hunting to see if one of the other generics is gluten free. We shall see.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi ladies,

So I know this reply is a bit late, but after having recently been diagnosed as celiac I have been doing some research, and I have been on Levlen ED for the past 6yrs (only pill I've ever taken) and after emailing Bayer only yesterday they called me this morning confirming there is no gluten in the pills, however, there is maize starch. My response was purely, you beauty! Hope this helps someone.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites